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NHL 2018 - 19 Season Betting

  • The 2018-19 NHL season begins on Oct. 3.
  • There are 13 teams with Stanley Cup odds between 20-1 and 40-1 and we break down six of them in this season preview.
  • The Avalanche and Devils will likely see some negative regression while the Flames should benefit from some puck luck this season.

The NHL drops the puck on the 2018-19 season on Oct. 3, and season-long futures have been posted for about a month now, so the market has adjusted. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t betting opportunities out there.

Below is the first half of the mid-tier teams — meaning they are between 40-1 and 20-1 to win the Stanley Cup. There are 13 teams that fall into this bucket, so we’ve separated them into two groups based on their season point total from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

 

 

Salary Cap

NHL projects $83M salary cap for 2019-20 season. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expecting an increase of the league’s salary cap to roughly $83 million for the 2019-20 season.
Bettman’s projections for next season translate to an expected $3.5-million increase over this season’s salary cap of $79.5 million.

Rule changes

The NHL Board of Governors passed some new rules that take effect this season, including:

  • coach's challenge of offside - the original rule was put in place after a series of highly blatant off-side calls had been missed. The rule soon became a huge time waster, often requested by coaches whose team had allowed a goal wanting a review of the exact millimeter that a skate and the puck pass the blue line. To reduce the number of coach's challenges, there is now a two-minute penalty for delay of game if the review does not result in an offside being overturned.
  • no timeouts after icing - as a team that causes an icing is not allowed to change the players on the ice, coaches took to calling their 30-second timeout to allow their players to rest, getting around the intent of the "no-changes" rule. This rule change eliminates that practice.
  • touching high-sticked puck by power play team - previously, if a team on the man advantage played a puck after it was high-sticked, no matter where on the ice this happened, the play was stopped and the faceoff come all the way back to their own zone. This has been adjusted slightly so that, if the infraction happens in the short handed team's zone, the faceoff would only be moved back to the neutral zone just outside the short handed team’s zone.

The Board of Governors has also stated that existing rules be fully enforced in certain situations that had become "unofficially" ignored:

  • enforcement of slashing rules - not a rule change as such, referees are now expected to enforce the existing two-minute penalty for slashing when players chop at the wrists and hands of a puck carrier. This follows a series of injuries - including a partially chopped-off finger - for this common practice that was rarely being penalized.
  • faceoff infractions - not a rule change as such, referees are now expected to enforce the existing two-minute penalty for improper stance by a player taking a faceoff. This follows an extensive period where players have not been standing with their feet properly placed within the limits of the markings by the dot, with their bodies square to the end boards.

 



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Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)

Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98

Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

 

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)

Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105

Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.

 

Eastern Conference Wild Card

Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
2 ME x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
3 AT Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
5 ME New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
6 ME New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
7 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
8 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
9 AT Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62

Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

 

Top 3 (Central Division)

Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Nashville Predators 82 53 18 11 47 267 211 +56 117
2 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 52 20 10 48 277 218 +59 114
3 x – Minnesota Wild 82 45 26 11 42 253 232 +21 101

Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

 

Top 3 (Pacific Division)

Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Vegas Golden Knights 82 51 24 7 47 272 228 +44 109
2 x – Anaheim Ducks 82 44 25 13 40 235 216 +19 101
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 45 27 10 40 252 229 +23 100

Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

 

Western Conference Wild Card

Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 PA x – Los Angeles Kings 82 45 29 8 43 239 203 +36 98
2 CE x – Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 41 257 237 +20 95
3 CE St. Louis Blues 82 44 32 6 41 226 222 +4 94
4 CE Dallas Stars 82 42 32 8 38 235 225 +10 92
5 PA Calgary Flames 82 37 35 10 35 218 248 −30 84
6 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 36 40 6 31 234 263 −29 78
7 CE Chicago Blackhawks 82 33 39 10 32 229 256 −27 76
8 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 31 40 11 31 218 264 −46 73
9 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 29 41 12 27 208 256 −48 70