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. 

 

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. 

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

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.