We are all very aware that the world of sports is very much in a period of adjustment. Fans are still not allowed into games, while seasons across the board are shortened or moved to unfamiliar start dates. Not all the moves that have been made have been embraced by fans, but you do have to say that the NHL has made more right moves than most. One of the decisions they made this season was to realign the divisions to create regional matchups that fans are loving. There are 4 divisions in all, and with a good portion of the season in the books, we now have a clear idea as to which teams have adjusted the best to the new setup. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the favorites to win each of the 4 divisions so you can plan your bets and place them against their NHL Divisional odds.
NHL Betting | Odds to Win Each 2021 Divisional Championship
It is the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning (-150) who are in as the favorites to win the Central, but they are not having it all their way at the moment. The Lightning have the lead in the division right now, but only by a single point, albeit with a game in hand. The Carolina Hurricanes (+240) are pushing the champions all the way, while the Florida Panthers (+450) are also in the hunt, just 2 points out of first. This division looks like a 3-horse race at this point that is too close to call.
At first glance, the East Division looks a little bit surprising, with the current favorites, the Boston Bruins (+225), sitting down in 4th place. They are 6 points out of first at the moment, but they also have 3 games in hand to the New York Islanders (+250), who are on top. It is an incredibly tight battle, though, with the Washington Capitals (+270) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (+500) still very much in the hunt. This is another division that is in the too close to call category, although the Islanders are hot right now.
It is still much too early in the season to be calling a winner of any of the 4 divisions, but you do have to say that the Toronto Maple Leafs (-500) look to be in very good shape at this stage of the season. They have a 5-point lead, and while they are on a bit of a losing skid, they still look to be the class of the all-Canadian division. The Winnipeg Jets (+750) and the Edmonton Oilers (+850) look to be the only two teams in the division who look to have a legitimate shot at catching the Leafs.
One thing that we are seeing in the new divisional setup is that no teams are really pulling away and taking control. The Vegas Golden Knights (-105) are huge favorites to win the West, but they only have a 1-point lead at this stage, although they also have 4 games in hand to the team in second. The Colorado Avalanche (+225) are down in 4th, while the St. Louis Blues (+700) and Minnesota Wild (+400) are also in the hunt. You have to say, though, that the Golden Knights look like the team to beat here.