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Odds to Win the NHL Western Conference: Blues are Primed for Another Stanley Cup Final Appearance

St. Louis Blues have the best odds to Win the 2019-20 NHL Western Conference

The 2019-20 NHL regular season is winding down, but yet another exciting Stanley Cup playoffs awaits. When it comes to Western Conference futures, the St. Louis Blues are the oddsmakers’ likeliest team to win the conference and do battle in the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row.

The Blues are the +325 favorites to win the West, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights (+350), Colorado Avalanche (+350), Dallas Stars (+800), Edmonton Oilers (+800), Vancouver Canucks (+1600), Nashville Predators (+1600), Calgary Flames (+1600), Winnipeg Jets (+2500) and Arizona Coyotes (+2500) in the top 10.

Blues Haven’t Slowed Down

St. Louis’ historic run to the final a year ago was something to behold, and the 2019-20 edition of the Blues hasn’t shown any sign of a Stanley Cup hangover. As of March 8, the Blues were topping the Central Division with 90 points, followed by the Avalanche (88) and Stars (82).

All three teams opted to stay the course at the trade deadline instead of making moves and changing up the makeup of their rosters, and it’s easy to see why. Colorado has been hit with a rash of injuries lately, yet the emergence of little-known goaltender Pavel Francouz has given new life to the depleted Avs.

Francouz has been more than up to the task of filling in for the injured Philipp Grubauer, going 19-6-4 with a .924 save percentage and 2.39 goals-against average. Colorado is loaded with talent across its roster and looks primed for a deep playoff run. At +350, I like them a lot to come out of the West.

Vegas is Making its Move

Out in the Pacific, the Golden Knights loaded up at the trade deadline and now have two legitimate No. 1 goalies with Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner in the fold. Vegas also acquired defenseman Alec Martinez from the L.A. Kings and Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens to shore up the roster with depth moving forward.

The decision to fire head coach Gerard Gallant midseason was a bit of a head-scratcher at the time, but it’s paying dividends right now with Peter DeBoer behind the bench. The Golden Knights had won eight out of their last 10 games as of this writing to sit in a tie with the Oilers atop the Pacific at 82 points apiece.

The Flames (79 points), Canucks (76) and Coyotes (74) all remain within striking distance in the extremely tough Pacific. The Oilers were buyers at the deadline, acquiring Andreas Athanasiou and Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings and Tyler Ennis from the Ottawa Senators.

There is a very realistic possibility the fate of the Pacific Division could come down to the last day of the regular season, as it’s essentially a toss-up right now.

Looking for more hockey betting information? Head over to our NHL page. Here’s a look at the full list of Western Conference odds:

Odds to Win the NHL Western Conference in 2019-20
St. Louis Blues+325
Vegas Golden Knights+350
Colorado Avalanche+350
Dallas Stars+800
Edmonton Oilers+800
Vancouver Canucks+1600
Nashville Predators+1600
Calgary Flames+1600
Winnipeg Jets+2500
Arizona Coyotes+2500
Minnesota Wild+2500
Chicago Blackhawks+15000
San Jose Sharks+75000
Anaheim Ducks+150000
Los Angeles Kings+150000

Odds as of March 8 at Bovada