- BetOnline.ag have opened markets for Division winners for the 2021-22 season
- Colorado Avalanche are the outright favorites for the Stanley Cup in 2022
The countdown is on until the start of another NHL season, but before teams can even begin to think about the Stanley Cup success that they are dreaming about, they must perform in their respective divisions. The return to the original format in the NHL for the coming season means that it promises to be as exciting as ever. Below, you can find the latest odds for the respective winners of the divisions for the coming season.
Atlantic Division Vegas Odds & Pick
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+150|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+300|
|Detroit Red Wings||+15000|
The Atlantic Division returns for 2021-22, as the Canadian-based teams can compete against the American franchises again. Last season, the Canadian franchises played amongst themselves in the North Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs topped the North Division last season, before crashing out in the first round of the playoffs.
It’s likely that they will be strong in the regular season again, but the top two in the betting are hard to ignore. The Lightning are the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, and would be a solid pick to win the Atlantic Division again this season.
- Tampa Bay Lightning
Central Division Vegas Odds & Pick
|St. Louis Blues||+1400|
The Central Division looks to be a more straightforward case in 2021-22, as the Colorado Avalanche are the clear favorites in the betting. Colorado are expected to have a big season this year, as they are also at the top of the betting for the Stanley Cup.
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild look to be the leading contenders to rival the Avalanche, but it remains to be seen whether either of the teams can achieve the required consistency. Therefore, the Avalanche are the top pick here.
- Colorado Avalanche
Metropolitan Division Vegas Odds & Pick
|New York Islanders||+450|
|New York Rangers||+450|
|New Jersey Devils||+1400|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+5000|
The odds would certainly suggest that the Metropolitan Division looks set to be the most open of all the divisions this season. The top six in the betting are hard to separate, and a case can be made for all franchises to top the Metropolitan Division this season.
However, the preference would be for the New York Islanders, who impressed when reaching the semi-finals last season. They could kick on this season for a strong run in the playoffs.
- New York Islanders
Pacific Division Vegas Odds & Pick
|Vegas Golden Knights||-170|
|Los Angeles Kings||+2500|
|San Jose Sharks||+4000|
The most interesting of the divisions this season could be the Pacific Division, as the Seattle Kraken compete in their first NHL season. Kraken became the latest team to join the NHL after the expansion draft, and there are high hopes ahead of the bow this season.
However, the Vegas Golden Knights are an increasingly difficult franchise to overlook in this division, as they look to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the second time. They are so consistent, and therefore should top the Pacific Division.
- Vegas Golden Knights