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NHL East Division Odds: Islanders Out in Front

The New York Islanders are the team to beat in NHL East Division odds.

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 BetOnline, 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

Odds to Win the 2021 East Division
TeamOdds
New York Islanders+150
Washington Capitals+200
Pittsburgh Penguins+300
Boston Bruins+375
New York Rangers+15000
Philadelphia Flyers+15000

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

Who’s Going to Win the East?

With the 2021 season winding down, its anyones 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.