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NHL West Division Odds: Value on the Blues

Brayden Schenn, David Perron and Jaden Schwartz celebrate after scoring a goal for the St. Louis Blues.

Three and a half months after the NHL concluded its first-ever bubble playoffs, a new season gets underway on January 13.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the NHL to create four temporary divisions to minimize travel: the East, North, West and Central.

When it comes to West Division odds, the Colorado Avalanche are kings. At online sportsbook Bovada, the Avs are the +140 front-runners, with the Vegas Golden Knights (+190), St. Louis Blues (+450), Minnesota Wild (+1300), Arizona Coyotes (+1600), Anaheim Ducks (+2000), San Jose Sharks (+2000) and Los Angeles Kings (+2500) rounding things out.

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NHL West Division Odds

Odds to Win the 2021 West Division
Colorado Avalanche+140
Vegas Golden Knights+190
St. Louis Blues+450
Minnesota Wild+1300
Arizona Coyotes+1600
Anaheim Ducks+2000
San Jose Sharks+2000
Los Angeles Kings+2500

Odds as of January 13 at Bovada

West Division is Top-Heavy

Unlike the highly competitive East Division, which features six teams that have a realistic chance of winning the banner, the West boasts three clubs with clear Stanley Cup hopes and five others that will be in tough to make the postseason.

The Avalanche, Golden Knights and Blues have their sights set on winning now – an attainable goal for all three franchises based on the makeup of their rosters. The Coyotes and Wild showed up to the summer return-to-play bubble but don’t appear to be legitimate threats for making a playoff run any time soon.

The bottom three California teams are likely to be lottery-bound at the NHL draft. Anything can happen in a 56-game season, however, so don’t be surprised if at least one team outside of the top three raises some eyebrows.

Blues Could Be An Excellent Futures Bet

Before the pause to the 2019-20 regular season, the Blues were the best team in the Western Conference and were on pace to challenge Boston for the Presidents’ Trophy. 

That momentum failed to carry over into the bubble, as St. Louis was eliminated in six games by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. The Blues went 0-2-1 in seeding games and were outclassed by the younger Canucks. 

Don’t let that disappointing showing deter you from believing in St. Louis in 2021, though. The Blues are only two years removed from winning the Stanley Cup and, while Jay Bouwmeester, Troy Brouwer, Alex Steen and captain Alex Pietrangelo are gone, the club did a nice job replacing them with Torey Krug, Kyle Clifford and Mike Hoffman.

If any squad outside of the Avalanche or Golden Knights is going to win the West, it’s the Blues. They’re an incredibly appealing futures play at +450 odds.