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. 

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. 

NHL
NHL
# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 79 57 32 16 204 154
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 78 55 31 12 185 133
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 73 58 24 19 192 162
4 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 71 56 23 17 176 165
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 68 58 23 22 182 174
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 66 57 21 19 169 167
7 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 64 56 20 20 168 174
8 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 63 57 22 21 158 169
9 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 62 56 18 23 151 156
10 New York Islanders New York Islanders 60 58 18 25 194 214
11 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 59 57 19 25 166 175
12 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 55 55 17 23 149 166
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 54 53 20 23 154 172
14 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 51 55 17 26 144 172
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 47 55 13 27 147 194
16 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 44 57 14 30 137 188
Regular Western Conference
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 78 56 28 15 192 154
2 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 77 55 26 12 173 143
3 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 75 57 29 15 183 154
4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 72 59 27 21 170 151
5 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 70 57 26 20 175 151
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 68 57 23 19 166 158
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 67 56 25 20 168 158
8 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 66 57 20 20 161 164
9 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 65 56 22 21 162 140
10 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 65 58 22 20 161 166
11 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 64 55 24 21 174 163
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 57 19 25 160 166
13 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 55 16 28 157 184
14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 50 56 19 28 147 180
15 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 40 57 7 32 137 195
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 78 56 28 15 192 154
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 68 57 23 19 166 158
3 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 66 57 20 20 161 164
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 65 56 22 21 162 140
5 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 65 58 22 20 161 166
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 55 16 28 157 184
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 50 56 19 28 147 180
8 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 40 57 7 32 137 195
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 77 55 26 12 173 143
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 75 57 29 15 183 154
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 72 59 27 21 170 151
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 70 57 26 20 175 151
5 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 67 56 25 20 168 158
6 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 64 55 24 21 174 163
7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 57 19 25 160 166
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 71 56 23 17 176 165
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 68 58 23 22 182 174
3 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 66 57 21 19 169 167
4 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 64 56 20 20 168 174
5 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 63 57 22 21 158 169
6 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 62 56 18 23 151 156
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 60 58 18 25 194 214
8 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 59 57 19 25 166 175
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 79 57 32 16 204 154
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 78 55 31 12 185 133
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 73 58 24 19 192 162
4 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 55 55 17 23 149 166
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 54 53 20 23 154 172
6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 51 55 17 26 144 172
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 47 55 13 27 147 194
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 44 57 14 30 137 188

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: