NHL West Division Predictions and Odds 2021
- The NHL has announced a realignment of their four divisions for the 2021 season that will allow the league to play their expected 56-game season amidst the rules and regulations put into place by all governing bodies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
- The West division houses the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues as well as the 2021 Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche
- On paper heading into the 2021 season, the West division looks to be the most lopsided division in the NHL
West Division 2021 Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on March 30, 2021.
|Vegas Golden Knights||+250|
|San Jose Sharks||+8500|
|St. Louis Blue||+10000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+20000|
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NHL West Division Predictions 2021
In what looks to be the most lopsided division in the NHL this season, the West division, sponsored by Honda, joins the North division as the second grouping of the Western conference in 20201. This is the division that boasts the Colorado Avalanche, the team with the best odds thus far to win this season’s Stanley Cup (+700). This division also boasts the Cup champions from 2019: the St. Louis Blues. It will likely also stand out as the least competitive division when it comes to making the playoffs.
The top three teams from each division move on to the postseason and the West division seems as straight-forward as it gets. The Colorado Avalanche are heavily favored. The Vegas Golden Knights have made the playoffs every season of their existence, and the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup two years ago and have only missed the playoffs nine times during their 52 seasons as a team.
The Colorado Avalanche have one of the youngest and most offensive teams in the NHL. Players on their roster include Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen. MacKinnon finished fifth overall in league scoring last season with 93 points in 69 games. They also boast one of the most impressive and young defensive corps in the league with Cale Makar, Sam Girardi, and newcomer Bowen Byram. The Avs not winning this division would be the biggest upset of the season.
On the other end of the spectrum are teams that have consistently failed to make the playoffs over the past few seasons, with many of those teams experiencing a rebuilding phase. The +800 difference between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild in the DraftKings Sportsbook speaks volumes.
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