How To Bet On NHL Pacific Division

You might not think hockey when you think West Coast. Perhaps you think the lifestyle there is too laid back to marry up with the intensity that takes place on the ice, but watch one NHL Pacifiic Division game and you will be hooked. There’s skill, physical punishment, and plenty of end-to-end, fast-paced excitement whenever two of these teams meet and that leads to opportunities for optimal wagering. So strap in and get ready to bet on the Pacific Division. [+]

Both the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have brought the Stanley Cup to Tinseltown in recent years and the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers also show significant Stanley Cup potential. The Vancouver Canucks have come ever so close on a few occasions, the San Jose Sharks are always hovering around and the Arizona Coyotes are a club assembling a horde of young stars that could soon see them on the horizon of achieving great things.

Best NHL Pacific Division Game Betting Lines

With so many good teams and so much young up-and-coming talent, finding the best NHL Pacific Division game betting lines isn’t a difficult task. And you’ll feel the palpable excitement. [+]

The Pacific Division offers such a wide variety of styles of hockey among its teams, from physical clubs that take away the ice from the opposition, to hard-skating, high-end skill squads and young, budding superstars who lack nothing in confidence and are willing to play a run-and-gun style, that intriguing matchups are never difficult to locate.

The grueling travel schedule and differing time zones are always an issue when this division’s teams are in action. In can work in their favor when they are prone to catch an Eastern team at the end of a long West Coast road trip, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, these Pacific Division clubs can be on the East Coast and worn down and tired from a long, grinding stretch of road travel.

The smart bettor stays on top of this reality by closely monitoring the league schedule and being aware of which teams are enduring these different scenarios. It’s still harder work for someone not based in the West to wager on Pacific Division games, but those willing to put in the time and the late hours to stay of top of injury reports and 

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Monday 05 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 1 - 4 Nashville Predators -137 Odds
Thursday 08 June
FT Nashville Predators 0 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +215 +115 Odds
Sunday 11 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - 0 Nashville Predators +170 +140 Odds

What Are The NHL Pacific Division Standings

In the days before the internet, keeping track of the Pacific Division standings would have been a challenge as it was rare, due to late starts, for West Coast game results to make deadlines. [+]

That’s no longer the case, so there’s no excuse for any bettor not to be on top of who is where in the standings.

With the demanding travel schedule that these teams face and the varying time zones they deal with, teams can trend upward or downward in quick fashion, so if you take a few days off from studying the Pacific Division standings, you will regret it. It may require some late nights in order to stay up and get the latest injury updates, but it will be worth it when that homework pays off in successful wagering.

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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

Pacific Division Betting Tips

As hard as it may be to believe, pro hockey has been part of the West Coast in both Canada and the United States since shortly after the turn of the 20th century. The Portland Rosebuds were the first Western U.S.team to play for the Stanley Cup in 1915-16 and the following season, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first American team to lift Lord Stanley’s mug. Vancouver (1914-15) also won the league prior to the formation of the NHL in 1917-18.

Edmonton and Calgary have played in some of the most bitterly competitive series in the history of the NHL, the first minor pro league was formed in California, with many Canadian players headed to the warmer climates to play their trade. That staple of hockey, the Zamboni, was also invented in California in the 1940s.

When the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967, the Los Angeles Kings and California Seals were among the new franchises. While the Seals never really got it going and eventually relocated to Cleveland in 1976, the Kings would find a foothold on the busy L.A. sporting scene and in the 1990s, when they acquired Wayne Gretzky, hockey’s best player, they became the talk of the town and in 1993, became the first California-based NHL team to play in the Stanley Cup final.

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: