The NHL’s new condensed 56-game season has made for plenty of drama when it comes to divisional battles, and the East Division is no exception.
According to odds from Sportsbook, the New York Islanders are the +150 favorites to win the East Division, with the Washington Capitals (+200), Pittsburgh Penguins (+300) and Boston Bruins (+375) in contention for the division banner.
The New York Rangers (+15000) and Philadelphia Flyers (+15000) are afterthoughts on the oddsboard at this point in the season.
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NHL East Division Odds
|New York Islanders||+150|
|New York Rangers||+15000|
Odds as of April 12 at Sportsbook
Who’s Going to Win the East?
With the 2021 season winding down, it’s anyone’s guess which team is going to capture the East Division right now.
As of April 12, the Capitals (27-11-4) and Islanders (27-11-4) were tied at the top of the division with 58 points apiece, but the Penguins (27-13-2) were hot on their trail with 56 points. All three teams have played 42 games.
Of the trio, the Penguins have been the hottest team in the East. Pittsburgh is riding a three-game winning streak and is 8-2-0 in its last 10.
Bruins Win Hall Sweepstakes
The Bruins got a big boost for their playoff push on the eve of the trade deadline by acquiring forward Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins also added checking line forward Curtis Lazar in exchange for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick.
Hall is in the midst of a disappointing season, as the 2018 MVP scored only two goals in 37 games in his first year with the lowly Sabres. Despite his underwhelming numbers this year, Hall is still an elite talent in the NHL and will provide some badly needed scoring for the B’s.
Boston has four players on the injured reserve and is in the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division at 21-12-6. It’s going to be tough for the Bruins to catch the three teams in front of them at this point, but Boston is clearly in win-now mode with the postseason on the horizon.