NHL odds update: Avalanche show no signs of slowing down
The Colorado Avalanche have shown few signs of letting up and have overtaken the Vegas Golden Knights as the favorite to win the NHL’s West Division.
However, Colorado is not the only team in the league to go on a recent hot streak and move up the board.
West Division Winner 2020/2021
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Vegas Golden Knights
San José Sharks
St Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
The Avalanche remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL and lead Vegas by four points. Colorado will play the 40th game of its season Friday, and has won seven of its last 10 games.
The Golden Knights have a game in hand on Colorado, but Vegas has seen its odds to win the division move to +300.
The Colorado Avalanche are 13-0-2 in their last 15 games and have outscored their opponents 62-24 lol— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) April 6, 2021
A Vegas resurgence will likely also require an Avalanche slowdown, but the majority of Colorado's remaining games are against teams that are at or below a .500 win percentage.
It is not impossible, but it will be tough to stop the Avalanche at this point.
Central Division Winner 2020/2021
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Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
The Central Division features one of the most exciting races in the NHL and provides some potential value opportunities for bettors, even if the teams in hockey’s Sun Belt don’t garner much national attention.
The Carolina Hurricanes now have the lowest odds to win the Central Division, following two straight wins and points in eight of their last 10 games.
The Hurricanes, however, do not lead the division. The Florida Panthers have a one-point lead on Carolina and a two-point lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Do the Panthers present value at +375? Perhaps.
The Hurricanes have two games in hand. They also have a plus-35 goal differential, one of the best marks the league, and are one of the most dominant teams in the league at controlling play at even strength.
Two top-5 teams in the NHL are facing off tonight and it’s the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Florida Panthers.— Alex Ohári 🇭🇺🔴⚪️ (@FutureCanes) April 6, 2021
What a time to be alive.
Do not overlook the reigning Stanley Cup champion in Tampa Bay, with odds of +150 to win the division. Tampa is two points back, with a game in hand on the Panthers.
The Hurricanes deserve to be the favorite, at least right now, but the Panthers and Lightning present interesting opportunities for bettors.
The Lightning are dealing with injuries to defensemen Jan Rutta and Erik Cernak, while one of their top forwards, Nikita Kucherov, remains sidelined for the regular season after hip surgery in December.