How To Bet On NHL Central Division

The Central Division is arguably the most competitive in the NHL. It is chock-full of Stanley Cup contenders, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks leading the elite pack. Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis are all powerhouses in their own right, but have the unfortunate task of playing each other 6 times during the course of the season. And it doesn't get any easier when you throw the likes of the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild into the fray. [+]

And don't think for a second Winnipeg is the forgotten one as the Jets possess enough weapons to dispose of anyone on their night. 

That's why, in our esteemed opinion, the Central Division is probably the most exciting one on offer across the league. Though, sometimes it causes havoc for sports bettors as picking winners has never been more challenging. However, it does offer some interesting betting choices, especially considering the high-powered offenses on show. I would go with the over more often than not, especially when Chicago, St. Louis or Dallas is playing at home, the latter of which, as of March 17, leads the league in goals for. 

 

Best NHL Central Division Game Betting Lines

We're here to make the betting process as easy as possible. Reference the below game betting lines to help you make the correct decision before placing your wagers. 

 

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What Are The NHL Central Division Standings

Ensure you keep a close watch on the Central Division Standings as they will most likely fluctuate, especially amongst the top teams, on a weekly basis. It's your go-to guide! [+]

Take into consideration previous games, recent results, whether or not teams are battling for a playoff sport or comfortable enough to rest players. Don't forget about the injury bug, too! Oh, and has the team been on the road for two weeks, the players barely able to lift their sticks let alone play a consistent 60 minutes. These are all things you should be taking into account before putting your money down. 

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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 128 82 62 16 325 222
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 107 82 49 24 259 215
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 100 82 46 28 286 251
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 96 82 44 30 249 236
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 86 82 36 32 267 280
6 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 76 82 33 39 226 271
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 74 82 32 40 227 277
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 64 82 29 47 242 302
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 104 82 48 26 278 249
2 New York Islanders New York Islanders 103 82 48 27 228 196
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 44 26 273 241
4 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 99 82 46 29 245 223
5 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 98 82 47 31 258 232
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 82 82 37 37 244 281
7 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 78 82 32 36 227 272
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 72 82 31 41 222 275
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 100 82 47 29 240 214
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 99 82 47 30 272 244
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 45 28 247 223
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 93 82 43 32 210 202
5 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 90 82 38 30 260 246
6 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 84 82 36 34 270 292
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 83 82 37 36 211 237
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 107 82 50 25 289 227
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 101 82 46 27 289 261
3 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 93 82 43 32 249 230
4 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 86 82 39 35 213 223
5 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 81 82 35 36 225 254
6 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 78 81 34 37 194 249
7 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 79 82 35 38 232 274
8 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 71 82 31 41 202 263
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 128 82 62 16 325 222
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 107 82 49 24 259 215
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 104 82 48 26 278 249
4 New York Islanders New York Islanders 103 82 48 27 228 196
5 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 100 82 46 28 286 251
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 44 26 273 241
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 99 82 46 29 245 223
8 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 98 82 47 31 258 232
9 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 96 82 44 30 249 236
10 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 86 82 36 32 267 280
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 82 82 37 37 244 281
12 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 78 82 32 36 227 272
13 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 76 82 33 39 226 271
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 74 82 32 40 227 277
15 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 72 82 31 41 222 275
16 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 64 82 29 47 242 302
Regular Western Conference
1 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 107 82 50 25 289 227
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 101 82 46 27 289 261
3 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 100 82 47 29 240 214
4 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 99 82 47 30 272 244
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 45 28 247 223
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 93 82 43 32 210 202
7 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 93 82 43 32 249 230
8 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 90 82 38 30 260 246
9 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 86 82 39 35 213 223
10 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 84 82 36 34 270 292
11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 83 82 37 36 211 237
12 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 81 82 35 36 225 254
13 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 78 81 34 37 194 249
14 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 79 82 35 38 232 274
15 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 71 82 31 41 202 263

Central Division Betting Predictions

Let's start with the Chicago Blackhawks

This team is insane. There, we said it!

Previously embroiled in the Patrick Kane sexual assault allegations, the Hawks didn't let the outside adversity get to them. In fact, Kane put on a show and scored a point in 26 consecutive games. During this streak, Kane scored 16 goals and notched 25 assists for a total of 40 points. But that's only a miniature part of Chicago's success story. 

The Hawks have won three, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15, of the last six Stanley Cups, an astonishing achievement considering they play in a league driven by parity.

It's incredible to think a team can be so successful in an era with numerous elite teams. But Jonathan Toews continues to be one of the best ambassadors of hockey, leading his team every night with otherwordly determination, skill and tenacity. We wouldn't be surprised if he ends up lifting another few Stanley Cups before hanging up the skates. 

And then you have the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, teams on the cusp of threatening to be in the Stanley Cup conversation. Nashville and Dallas have an abundance of young talent and both teams have the capacity to score at will. 

The Colorado Avalanche are rebuilding, while the Winnipeg Jets, led by 2nd-overall draft pick Patrik Laine, are a team to keep your eye on in the near future. This division is overloaded with talent so there are a few things to consider prior to placing your Central Division bets. 

10-Game Metrics

As they play each other six times each season, you'll want to pay close attention to how they fare against each other. It's a metric that will help immeasurably when planning your betting strategy. Also, digging into how each team has performed in the most recent 10 games is a good litmus test for one-off bets. It provides enough evidence to feel comfortable with current wagers.

Taking Top Seeds

In addition, the Blackhawks, Wild and Blues are often considered to be favorites in most games they play, while the Avalanche and Jets are currently considered more on the outsider train of thought.

Nashville can be both depending on the night, so it's a good idea to take into account each squad's adjusted efficiency margin, a metric that will help you decide whether the favorite will live up to their expectations and whether an underdog is good value for an upset. 

Corsi Ratings

Finally, before making your Central Division bets, delve into their top player's Corsi Ratings. Basically, it boils down to how well a team can cope when some of their premier players are sidelined due to injury. It's all about puck possession and depth, both of which are key stats in the new fast pacec, skill-laded NHL.