The 2021 NHL season is in its late stages, and while the race for the playoffs is well underway, one team appears to have all but wrapped up the NHL West Division.
According to the latest odds from Sportsbook, the Colorado Avalanche are the heavy -330 favorites to win the West Division. The Vegas Golden Knights are next up at +180, while the Minnesota Wild (+1400), St. Louis Blues (+10000) and Arizona Coyotes (+12500) are all well back of the pack.
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NHL West Division Odds
|Vegas Golden Knights||+180|
|St. Louis Blues||+10000|
Odds as of April 12 at Sportsbook
Will the Avalanche Win the West Division?
While oddsmakers have made it seem like it’s a formality the Avs will take the West, it’s much closer on paper. Colorado (28-9-4) is sitting atop the West Division with 60 points, but Vegas (27-11-2) is not far behind with 56 points. The Minnesota Wild (24-13-3) sit at 51 points.
It’s the Avalanche who are separating themselves from the rest of the division in the stretch run of the season, though. Colorado has gone a stellar 8-1-1 over its last 10 games as of April 12 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
With Nathan MacKinnon (50 points), Mikko Rantanen (48 points) and Gabriel Landeskog (40 points) leading the charge up front and firing on all cylinders of late, it’s going to be hard for any team to go toe to toe when it comes to keeping up with the high-scoring Avs in the remainder of the season.
Is Vegas Worth a Bet?
Considering the Golden Knights have a game in hand and are only four points back of the Avs at the top of the West, the Golden Knights could be an excellent value play at +180 if you think Colorado is going to stumble down the stretch.
The Golden Knights received a boost at the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Mattias Janmark from the Chicago Blackhawks. The 28-year-old had 19 points in 41 games for the Blackhawks this season.
Janmark joins a talented forward group that contains the likes of Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Vegas’s scoring has dipped in recent weeks, but the Golden Knights have plenty left in the tank in their push to win the West Division.