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NHL Betting Preview: Division Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks claimed the NHL's Central Division title last season en route to a Stanley Cup championship, and the oddsmakers have them pegged as the favorite to win that division once again this season as training camp opens.

At Bovada the Blackhawks are listed as the 5/8 favorite on the odds to win the Central Division, ahead of the St. Louis Blues (13/4) and Minnesota Wild (6/1). With the NHL's offseason realignment the Central this season is rounded out by the Dallas Stars (14/1), Colorado Avalanche (16/1), Nashville Predators (18/1), and Winnipeg Jets (22/1).

The Detroit Red Wings, meanwhile, have shifted from the Central Division to the Atlantic Division for this season, and they bolstered their roster by signing forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss over the summer. They're at 7/2 on the odds to win the Atlantic Division, putting them second behind the Boston Bruins (11/5).

Alfredsson's old team, the Ottawa Senators, are then at 9/2, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and new additions Jonathan Bernier and David Clarkson at 5/1, the Montreal Canadiens at 11/2, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8/1. The Buffalo Sabres (30/1) and Florida Panthers (50/1) are the Atlantic longshots on the NHL betting lines heading into camp.

The eight-team Metropolitan Division has the Pittsburgh Penguins leading the way on the NHL futures at Bovada at 4/5 to claim that crown; Sidney Crosby and company won their division title last season, but fell short in the playoffs. The New York Rangers are the second-favorite on the Metropolitan Division odds at 6/1 right now.

The New York Islanders, with new captain John Tavares, are at 15/2 on that list, with the Philadelphia Flyers - who acquired former Islanders captain Mark Streit in the summer to bolster their blueline - tied with the Washington Capitals at 8/1. It's then the Columbus Blue Jackets at 14/1, the Carolina Hurricanes at 16/1, and the New Jersey Devils at 18/1.

Finally, Bovada has the Los Angeles Kings set as the 8/5 favorites on the NHL odds to win the Pacific Division this season, with the Vancouver Canucks next at 3/1 as they turn back to Roberto Luongo as their starting goaltender for 2013/14. The San Jose Sharks are the third-favorite at 9/2.

The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers both sit at 11/2 on the odds to win the Pacific Division on the NHL futures at the sportsbook, with the Phoenix Coyotes at 16/1, and the Calgary Flames rounding out the lines at 30/1.

Odds to Win the 2014 Atlantic Division at Bovada

Boston Bruins 11/5
Detroit Red Wings 7/2
Ottawa Senators 9/2
Toronto Maple Leafs 5/1
Montreal Canadiens 11/2
Tampa Bay Lightning 8/1
Buffalo Sabres 30/1
Florida Panthers 50/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Metropolitan Division at Bovada

Pittsburgh Penguins 4/5
New York Rangers 6/1
New York Islanders 15/2
Philadelphia Flyers 8/1
Washington Capitals 8/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 14/1
Carolina Hurricanes 16/1
New Jersey Devils 18/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division at Bovada

Chicago Blackhawks 5/8
St. Louis Blues 13/4
Minnesota Wild 6/1
Dallas Stars 14/1
Colorado Avalanche 16/1
Nashville Predators 18/1
Winnipeg Jets 22/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division at Bovada

Los Angeles Kings 8/5
Vancouver Canucks 3/1
San Jose Sharks 9/2
Anaheim Ducks 11/2
Edmonton Oilers 11/2
Phoenix Coyotes 16/1
Calgary Flames 30/1