NHL Picks: Pacific Division Betting Analysis & Top Contenders

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:29 PM GMT

Join us as we look at the serving of NHL odds for the Pacific Division, from futures to win the division and season win totals that are being projected along with corresponding money line odds.

Pacific Division Futures to Win Division
The Pacific Division futures (See Table 1) serve up a pre-season landscape that may or may not hold through the course of the season.

As it is, the Anaheim Ducks enter as the team to beat at +145 NHL odds to win outright, but they’re expected to get a run for their money by the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings (+260). Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks come in as the contenders, edging perennial favorites over earlier this decade Vancouver Canucks (+650). Finally, the Edmonton Oilers are the divisional pretenders while the Coyotes are the quintessential longshots at whopping +5000 NHL odds. In fact, they are the quintessential longshots in the entire league.

 

Season Win Totals for Pacific Division Teams
Season Win totals currently trading from sportsbook to sportsbook have the Anaheim Ducks set at the highest total of 48.5 in the Pacific Division, with the OVER favored at -140 money line odds at Bet365. Los Angeles Kings are nipping at their heels at 46.5 season win totals but odds makers are rather coy with O/U betting odds setting both at -115 money line odds (See Table 2).

What is interesting to note is the Calgary Flames, who emerge as third favorites overall to win the division, have their season win totals set slightly lower than the San Jose Sharks, fourth overall favorites to win the title. Meanwhile, Vancouver Canucks have taken a step back on the NHL odds board over the last two seasons since parting ways with Alain Vignon. Their win totals are set at a rather lowly 39.5, with the UNDER slightly favored at -120 over the OVER at -110 money line odds.

 

Average Season Win Totals Overview
Before making your NHL picks, check out our average season win totals overview (See Table 3). We look at the season win totals for each and every team in the Pacific Division over the last four years. It’s important to note that the NHL landscape changed during the 2013-2014 season with the makeup of each division, as well the 2012-2013 season was a lockout season, reducing the season to just 48 games from 82. In our average summary, we exclude the lockout season to get a proper sense of where these teams fall in the context of a Full 82-game season.

 

NHL Betting Predictions: Looking at the average season win totals of each and every team in the Pacific Division, the top teams over the last few seasons appear to be the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks. The Los Angeles Kings, though, are two-time Stanley Cup Champions having won in 2012 and 2014.

To all intents and purposes, it’s a tossup in this division. Anaheim enjoyed a standout run into the Western Conference finals last season, only to be beaten by the Chicago Blackhawks. They could pick up from where they left off last season and come through as the divisional faves.

By virtue of Vancouver’s recent successes over the last three full seasons, they could be an undervalued NHL pick in the Pacific division. While the Calgary Flames look to be rejuvenated after their run last season.

NHL Picks: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.