Join us as we examine the NHL betting outlook for the Central Division, from odds to win the division to season win total projections. Where are the value NHL picks?
Central Division Futures To Win Divisional Title
Stanley Cup defending champions Chicago Blackhawks lead the charge in the Central Division as the +230 faves to win the Central Division. That said, last season they didn’t win the division. In fact, they were third behind the Blues and Predators. Not that it stopped the juggernaut that the Chicago Blackhawks are as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final round 4-2.
Season Win Totals
From sportsbook to sportsbook season win totals are trading on the coming NHL season. As far as the Central Division is concerned, the Chicago Blackhawks are trading at O/U 48.5 season win totals despite hitting just a 48-28-6 mark last season and finishing in third place. It’s probably why the OVER is trading at +110 NHL odds at Pinnacle.
St Louis Blues enjoyed a 51-24-7 mark but have a 45.5 projected season win total and the Nashville Predators hit a 47-25-10 season win total last season but are trading at a lowly 42.5 projected season win total. Finally, the Wild finished with a 46-28-8 season win total mark but are trading at 44.5 with the OVER and UNDER set at -115 NHL odds.
Average Season Win Totals Overview
To better determine how the season win totals stack up in the Central Division, we look at the last four years of NHL action and serve up an average season win total for each and every team. Please note, the 2012-2013 season was a lockout season reducing it to just 48 games played. In order to get a proper sense of season win totals, we’re excluding that season.
NHL Betting Predictions
Of all the divisions in the NHL, the Central Division is the most evenly matched and competitive in recent memory. As Table 3 reveals, most teams hit the 40-plus win total consistently but not all make the playoffs, even though the merit might be there. It’s just the way the puck drops in the new format, which only puts a heavier premium on the win from game-to-game.
Chicago Blackhawks are the most successful team in recent seasons, winning three Stanley Cups over the last six seasons (winners 2010, 2013 and 2015).
The St. Louis Blues have one of the highest season win total averages over the last three full seasons, which makes them a team to spot. Last season, they fell in the first round of the playoffs to Minnesota. That’s a hurdle they must get over if they are to make good on their regular season results. The Blues are regular season contenders
NHL Picks: The Central Division can go either way based on just how competitive it has been over the last few seasons. Chicago Blackhawks are perennial contenders, so one can’t ignore them on their NHL picks. From the rest of the field the Blues, Wild and Predators are all excellent options as well, but so too are the Stars and Jets, both of which finished with 40-plus wins last seasons but missed the playoffs. It’s a right tossup in this section. Push comes to shove, we fancy the Blackhawks, Blues, Predators and Stars on our NHL picks this season.