The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are the odds-on favorites to successfully defend their title, with the Pittsburgh Penguins favored to win the Eastern Conference and listed as second-favorites to hoist the Cup.
Along with a full set of lines for those who bet on NHL each year, every team’s chances to prove the oddsmakers wrong, there are a number of interesting props you can wager on in anticipation of the start of another season of NHL hockey.
The league will play a full 82-game schedule this season after an abbreviated 48-game schedule last year so the OVER/UNDER on Chicago’s point total has been set at 105.5 with the moneyline listed at -115 for both the OVER and the UNDER.
The Blackhawks’ odds to win another title are set at 6/1. Pittsburgh’s point total has been set at 108.5 with a -115 moneyline for both results. Its odds to win the Stanley Cup are 15/2.
The Boston Bruins are a 10/1 third-favorite to claim another Cup after winning the championship in 2011. Their point total for this season has been set at 102.5, with the moneyline for both the OVER and the UNDER set -115.
The Los Angeles Kings won it all in 2012 and they come into this season as 12/1 fourth-favorites to win a championship in 2014. Their projected point total is 98.5 with a -115 moneyline each way.
One of the biggest changes as a result of the NHL’s recent realignment of divisions was the Detroit Red Wings' shift from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.
They have been opened as 17/2 third-favorites to win the East this season behind Pittsburgh and Boston. Competing in the same division as the Bruins, Detroit’s projected point total is 97.5 with the moneyline set at -115 for both the OVER and the UNDER.
The favorites for some of the individual player props for the new season include Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby at 3/1 to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award, the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist at 4/1 to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson at 4/1 to be named the league’s top defenseman.
Crosby has also been opened as a 5/2 favorite to lead the NHL in total points scored, while Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has been opened as a 5/2 favorite to score the most goals.
See online sports betting odds each day of the NHL season at this site.