The league has yet to figure out how many games will occur and what the divisions will look like. The status of the United States-Canada border and the ability to bring in fan attendance in some form will also impact what happens next.
Colorado Avalanche – +750
The Avs already have plenty of high-skill players like Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. But recent trades to bring in Brandon Saad on offense and Devon Toews on defense have made the team all the more intriguing. The team will be hoping to bring the Stanley Cup back to Denver this season.
Vegas Golden Knights – +800
The Knights acquired Alex Pietrangelo in free agency this offseason, practically making him the team’s top defenseman. Expect him, Robin Lehner, William Karlsson, and Jonathan Marchessault to make a run for the Knights’ second Stanley Cup Finals appearance and first championship.
Tampa Bay Lightning – +900
The reigning Stanley Cup champions didn’t lose much of anything in free agency. You can anticipate Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos to make the Bolts a favorite for 2021.
Boston Bruins – +1400
The Bruins have one of the best goaltending tandems with Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will remain leaders, but losing Torey Krug on the free agency market will hurt. There’s also uncertainty as to whether defenseman Zdeno Chara will return.
Philadelphia Flyers – +1500
The Flyers are one of the youngest teams in the NHL and will continue to improve. Travis Konecny surprised the team last year by becoming its leading scorer.
Toronto Maple Leafs – +1600
The pressure is on the Leafs to win their first Stanley Cup in more than fifty years, not to mention the first Cup for a Canadian team in nearly thirty years. The addition of Wayne Simmonds and Joe Thornton to the team’s offense should help.
St. Louis Blues – +1700
The departure of Alex Pietrangelo on the free agency market hurt the Blues, but bringing in Torey Krug from Boston will help refresh the team’s defense. The Blues should remain a firm contender in the west.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 30, 2020
Washington Capitals – +1700
Alex Ovechkin remains one of the league’s top players and will keep the Caps on top of their game. How the team will respond to new coach Peter Laviolette remains a mystery.
Carolina Hurricanes – +2000
The Canes have a trio of great young forwards in Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, and Martin Necas. But there are worries in Raleigh over whether Petr Mrazek is a viable long-term solution in net, and the team can’t rely on stadium workers to play in goal every night.
Dallas Stars – +2000
Ben Bishop likely won’t be back until the middle part of the season, so that hurts the reigning Western Conference champions’ chances. But Anton Khudobin proved himself to be a viable starter during the playoffs, so that will help the team.
Detroit Red Wings – +30000
As for the worst NHL odds, the Detroit Red Wings are at the very bottom. General manager and Red Wings icon Steve Yzerman doesn’t have many appealing players in his arsenal, and the team was not lucky in the draft lottery.
*Odds are correct at time of writing.
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