There’s a clear talent discrepancy in the Pacific Division this year, with one clear favorite, a second-best team and then a massive drop-off to the remaining squads.
The Vegas Golden Knights (-210) lead the group in 2021-22 NHL Pacific Division odds and the Edmonton Oilers (+400) are the only other team even close. Following the top two squads in odds to win the Pacific Division are the Calgary Flames (+1100), the new franchise Seattle Kraken (+1100) and the Vancouver Canucks (+1800).
Here is a look at what Bovada has on its complete 2021-22 NHL Pacific Division futures board:
Who Will Win The 2021-22 Pacific Division?
|Vegas Golden Knights||-210|
|Los Angeles Kings||+2500|
|San Jose Sharks||+5000|
Odds as of October 14 at Bovada
Why Vegas Will Win The Pacific
The Vegas Golden Knights shocked the world in their first season, reaching the Stanley Cup Final, stockpiling draft picks and setting the franchise up for years of dominance. They haven’t stopped since.
The Knights scored the third-most goals in the league last year and allowed the fewest, posting a dominant 40-14-2 record and easily winning their division. Returning much of the same team, there’s no reason Vegas can’t continue the dominance in 2021-22.
With some of the best two-way forwards in hockey like Mark Stone, Chandler Stephenson and Max Pacioretty, as well as top defenders like Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore, Vegas has the talent and depth to outlast any division rival. Even after losing Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights still trot out Vezina candidate Robin Lehner as the clear No. 1 goalie.
Top Pacific Division Contenders And Value Picks:
Edmonton Oilers +400
Edmonton’s claim for the best value in NHL Pacific Division odds starts and ends with Connor McDavid. Easily the best player in the league, and maybe the best player of this generation, McDavid is a lock for 100 points — if healthy — and showed last year he could potentially break 150 in an 82-game season.
The Oilers have flaws, no doubt, with shaky goaltending and little scoring depth, but with Leon Draisaitl at the top of the lineup alongside McDavid, they have the best high-end talent in the league.
Vancouver Canucks +1800
While the Flames and Kraken could compete, the Canucks are all-in right now, presenting a great opportunity for an NHL Pacific Division odds value pick.
Bringing in Oliver Ekman-Larsson to elevate the defense and Conor Garland to add another top-six forward, the Canucks will look to take a step forward in 2021-22. Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes present the young upside core of this team, but the player who can truly take Vancouver to the next level is netminder Thatcher Demko.
Demko posted a .915 save percentage in his first full season for the Canucks last year, and if the 25-year-old can improve this year, he should be in the conversation for the Vezina.
How To Bet On NHL Pacific 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 Pacific Division odds might be +400 odds to win. That means you would earn $400 for every $100 wagered if that team goes on to win the division. However, a long-shot team may be +10000 to win the division, meaning you win $10,000 for every $100 bet. It’s a better payout, but the line is set like that for a reason. If you’re betting on Pacific 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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