Adin Hill and Vegas Golden Knights favored in our 2022 Pacific Division odds and picks

2022-23 NHL Pacific Division Odds: Knights Favored, Will Vegas Hit The Jackpot?

Last season the Calgary Flames took the Pacific Division crown by picking up 111 points while their Alberta neighbors, the Edmonton Oilers, were second with 104 points.

But Calgary has gone through some changes. Out are captain Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk (two-thirds of the best line in hockey last year) and in are Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri. The newest players haven’t added as much gas to the fire as the Flames would probably like, with both shy of 30 points nearly halfway through the season.

While the Oilers and Flames opened the season as +210 co-favorites, the oddsboard has shifted. Now, the Vegas Golden Knights (-130) are favored to win the Pacific Division according to sportsbook Sportsbook. The Oilers (+450) come next, with the Seattle Kraken (+650), the Los Angeles Kings (+700) and the Flames (+700) rounding out our top five.

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Here is a look at what sportsbooks have on their complete 2022-23 NHL Pacific Division futures board:

Who Will Win The 2022-23 Pacific Division?

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Top Pacific Division Contenders and Value Picks:

Vegas Golden Knights (-130)

Leading the Pacific Division and the entire Western Conference, the Golden Knights have seen a lot of success in the first half of the season. Vegas’ future was a gamble, kicking off the year with first-year head coach Bruce Cassidy and the announcement that goaltender Robin Lehner wouldn’t be between the pipes after hip surgery. 

But rookie goalie Logan Thompson sports a .916 save percentage and Adin Hill, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks, has been a reliable backup with an 8-3-1 record. The offense has been solid, ranking 12th by averaging 3.24 goals per game, and the power play has converted on 25.4 percent of its chances, the ninth-best mark in the league. 

The Knights haven’t had a losing streak longer than two games, but health is becoming an issue moving forward. Jack Eichel, who hasn’t played over half a season since 2019-20, and Jonathan Marchessault, who led the team with 66 points last season, are injured. Top defenseman Shea Theodore, third on the team with 52 points last season, is out too. 

Let’s not forget Vegas was in the same position last year, sitting on top of the Pacific up until the all-star break when it all fell apart because of injuries and they missed the playoffs. But with a little luck in that regard, I think the Knights are consistent enough to keep ahead of the rest of the teams in the division.

Value Pick: Los Angeles Kings (+700)

Currently second in the division, the Kings weren’t supposed to be this good yet. It feels like the rebuild was just initiated last year, but the Kings put up a surprising 99 points in 2021-22. 

Los Angeles then went out and acquired Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild. Everyone in the NHL wanted the forward, who recorded 85 points last year in the Twin Cities. The Kings were the ones to land him and now the 26-year-old leads the team with 35 points. 

The one issue the Kings had last year was scoring. Their top scorer was Anze Kopitar at 67 points. Now the Kings reign with eight players posting over 20 points and three others on the cusp of breaking into that territory. The penalty kill, which ranks 28th in the league at 71.8 percent, could use some work, however. Netminder Jonathan Quick tends to let in a few too many goals, recording a .885 save percentage. But, if Los Angeles can get a grip on the areas in which it struggles, those +700 odds offer an enticing amount of profit. 

Who Has Won The Pacific Division?

Pacific Division Sportsbooks Past 10 Seasons
Year Sportsbook Preseason Odds When Did Their Season End?
2021-22 Calgary Flames +400 Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Edmonton (4-1)
*2019-20 Vegas Golden Knights +100 Lost Conference Final to Dallas (4-1)
2018-19 Calgary Flames +675 Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Colorado (4-1)
2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights +20000 Lost Stanley Cup Final to Washington (4-1)
2016-17 Anaheim Ducks +250 Lost Conference Final to Nashville (4-2)
2015-16 Anaheim Ducks +140 Lost First Round in Playoffs to Nashville (4-3)
2014-15 Anaheim Ducks +250 Lost Conference Final to Chicago (4-3)
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks +450 Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Los Angeles (4-3)
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks +900 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Detroit (4-3)
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes +700 Lost Conference Final to Los Angeles (4-1)

* The 2019-20 NHL season was shortened to 48 games due to COVID-19. Standings were based off points percentage.

Note the 2020-21 season is not listed as divisions were realigned due to COVID-19.

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