How How To Bet On NHL Western Conference

East is East and West is best. That’s how it’s worked in the Stanley Cup playoffs in recent springs. The NHL’s Western Conference had dominated their Eastern rivals with the battered old mug on the line until the Penguins won the Holy Grail 1n 2016. And the East are outfitted with contenders, including the Pens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. The Columbus Blue Jackets are now even entering the fray, but make no mistake, the West still has teams to usurp the East.  [+]

The West is rich in deep, talented teams. The Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaehim Ducks are all league powers, while the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are hovering on the horizon as dangerous opponents.

Below them, the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild are starting to make some noise of their own. Those teams are suiting up some of the NHL’s most promising young talent and it shouldn’t be long until they are knocking on the door. 

Best NHL Western Conference Game Betting Lines

Study the NHL Western Conference betting lines frequently and carefully. They can change at a moment’s notice. Always double check the number before making a wager. [+]

Be certain you are getting the bet down that you want. Check on key elements such as last-minute injuries, and starting goalies. It’s always a good idea to wait until after the morning skate media sessions to see how each team’s lineup is expected to shake out.

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playoff - week-6
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 15 May
FT Ottawa Senators 0 - 1 Pittsburgh Penguins +180 -200 Odds
Tuesday 16 May
FT Anaheim Ducks 1 - 2 Nashville Predators +124 -137 Odds
Wednesday 17 May
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 1 - 5 Ottawa Senators -115 +104 Odds
Thursday 18 May
AOT Anaheim Ducks 3 - 2 Nashville Predators +128 -141 Odds
Friday 19 May
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 2 Ottawa Senators -130 +118 Odds
Saturday 20 May
FT Nashville Predators 3 - 1 Anaheim Ducks +131 -145 Odds
Sunday 21 May
FT Ottawa Senators 0 - 7 Pittsburgh Penguins +160 -179 Odds

What Are The NHL Western Conference Standings

These are the NHL Western Conference standings. Standings can change readily in today’s parity-driven NHL, with so many three-point games, so paying attention is vital. [+]

A two or three-game losing streak can send a team from a playoff spot into a draft lottery position. Follow along closely and study which teams are consistently in the money and which teams go up and down like a toilet seat. 

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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
15 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Western Conference
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
4 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
9 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
12 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
2 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
6 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
2 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
6 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237

NHL Western Conference Betting Tips 

Make sure you take into consideration the more grueling travel schedule Western Conference teams have to endure over the course of the 82-game season. 

It can work in your favor on some bets and should make you extremely wary of other wagers. Watch intently for games involving Eastern Conference teams nearing the end of long Western road swings, especially if they are catching a well-rested Western club.

Remember, when an Eastern time zone team is playing a night game on the West coast, the opening faceoff is basically taking place at what normally would be their bedtime. On the flips side, when a Western Conference team plays an afternoon game in the Eastern time zone, it’s generally satrting aroung the time they would normally sit down to breakfast. Never discount the effect the body clock can have on performance.

The Sharks dominated proceedings in 2016 but an aging nucleus is a warning sign for futures bettors. They are still a quality team, but do they have what it takes to make the finals once again. Probably not. Look for other teams, like the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks to make their presence felt come playoff time. 

Other tips to watch for – teams playing back-to-back afternoon games seldom bring their A game the second time around. Be careful when wagering on tradititional rivalries, because the form charts tend to go out the window in those match-ups.

And watch for teams that have a habit of beating up on the other conference. If there’s a Western team that persistently succeeds against the East, or vice-versa, that isn’t a fluke. 

Keep an eye out for teams that are strong at home, as well as those that do well on the road. Road success is especially intriguing because teams that win consistently away from home are generally good bets to turn in strong performances on any given night. 

Corsi Ratings

You’ll want to look at With our Without You, or the Corsi Ratings, when you start to delve more deeply into the analytics. Basically, it determines how well a key player performs with, and without, their linemate. Does it make a big difference if their linemate is missing? In the 2014 case of Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak, it made a huge difference, as you’ll see in the video below: