The 2021-22 Metropolitan Division is an interesting combination of dynasties on the decline and under-the-radar Cup contenders coming into their window.
A year after making it to the conference finals, the New York Islanders (+300) lead the group in 2021-22 NHL Metropolitan Division odds, but it’s a tight top five. Following the Isles in odds to win the Metro are the Pittsburgh Penguins (+385), Carolina Hurricanes (+450), New York Rangers (+500) and Washington Capitals (+550).
Here is a look at what Bovada has on its complete 2021-22 NHL Metropolitan Division odds futures board:
Who Will Win The 2021-22 Metropolitan Division?
|New York Islanders||+300|
|New York Rangers||+500|
|New Jersey Devils||+1700|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+10000|
Odds as of October 12 at Bovada
What’s The Path To An Isles Victory?
The New York Islanders embody the style of GM Lou Lamoriello and coach Barry Trotz. They play balanced, grinding, disciplined hockey — and they win.
The Islanders fell in the semifinals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning last year, and return a similar squad in 2021-22.
New York doesn’t need the flashy stars to play the low-scoring system that carried the team to success last season, but big years from Mathew Barzal, Kyle Palmieri and Anders Lee would help elevate its ceiling. To accompany solid defenders like Ryan Pulock and the goaltending tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin, Lamoriello brought in some depth scoring in veteran Zach Parise to help deepen the group.
Top Metro Division Contenders and Value Picks:
Carolina Hurricanes +450
With the Islanders’ scoring ability in question and the Penguins’ health non-existent to start the 2021-22 season, the best NHL Metropolitan Division odds value pick this year is the Canes.
Even with a “down year” from youngster Andrei Svechnikov, the departure of Dougie Hamilton and turnover in net, the Hurricanes have the forward group and upside to once again contend for a division title. Carolina’s top six — featuring Sebastian Aho, Martin Necas, Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Teuvo Teravainen — may be the most underrated unit in hockey, and they still have Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Staal after those six.
With Hamilton gone, Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin form the core of the defense, but two new goalies — Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta — will define how good this Canes team can be.
Philadelphia Flyers +800
With high expectations, the Flyers fell flat last year. But for every reason people had hopes for them last year, Philadelphia has the potential for a strong 2021-22.
Last season, the Flyers had just one 20-goal scorer, had no player reach 45 points and were terrible at preventing pucks from entering their own net. But with forwards like Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny and Cam Atkinson, the Flyers should bounce back offensively this season.
The big questions come in net. If a new-look defense featuring Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen can give Carter Hart some solid play, the young goalie may finally break out. If Hart can push his save percentage up over .915, the Flyers should be a playoff contender in 2021-22.
How To Bet On NHL Metropolitan Division Odds:
Oddsmakers set and move lines during the NHL season for all divisions, awards and the Stanley Cup. You can bet on these odds using one of our top NHL sportsbooks, and use our Odds Calculator to figure out how much you’d win.
At Odds Shark, we use American odds, meaning the top-ranked team in Metropolitan Division odds might be +300 odds to win. That means you would earn $300 for every $100 wagered if that team goes on to win the division. However, a long-shot team may be +12000 to win the division, meaning you win $12,000 for every $100 bet. It’s a better payout, but the line is set like that for a reason. If you’re betting on Metropolitan Division odds, or any hockey bets, it’s important to weigh that big payout with the probability of the team actually winning.
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, Aug 8, 11:58am