2021 NHL Division Odds and Stanley Cup Futures Update - There Is An Avalanche of Respect for Colorado

SI Gambling insider Frankie Taddeo breaks down the NHL futures market for every division, as well as the Stanley Cup.
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As temperatures begin to warm up outside, the action inside on the ice is starting to heat up, with several of the NHL’s restructured four divisional races beginning to tighten up. Focusing on a favorite or spotting a longshot who offers long-term value is often the best way to attack futures betting. Teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, who we highlighted last week at odds of +1600, have now fallen to +1000 this week thanks to another week of solid play. The Edmonton Oilers, who were +2600 last week, are now down to +1400 thanks to the league’s top two scoring leaders in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The Las Vegas Golden Knights, who sat as the favorites last week at +700, have now dropped to the fifth overall betting choice at odds of +1000. The Colorado Avalanche have moved into the Stanley Cup favorite role at odds of +600.

Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at any changes after more than a month of games in the NHL betting odds for each of the divisions as well as Stanley Cup futures at DraftKings Sportsbook.


  • Tampa Bay -125
  • Carolina +195
  • Florida +475
  • Dallas +1700
  • Chicago +3000
  • Nashville +5500
  • Columbus +6500
  • Detroit +50000

Frankie Whispers Betting Breakdown: In a tightly bunched Central Division, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning sit tied for second place - winners of eight of their last 11 games with an 12-4-1 record (25 points). The Florida Panthers (12-4-2, 22 points), who are also 6-4in their last 10, remain in first place by one point--holding a slight edge over Carolina, Chicago, and Tampa Bay. The Lightning possesses the best goal differential (+23) of any team in the division, thanks to defending Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy who continues to anchor the club with a 11-3-0 record based upon an impressive 1.87 GAA and a .935 save percentage. 


  • Boston -162
  • Pittsburgh +550
  • NY Islanders +650
  • Philadelphia +700
  • Washington +1000
  • NJ Devils +2500
  • NY Rangers +2700
  • Buffalo +3000

Frankie Whispers Betting Breakdown: The Boston Bruins (11-3-2, 24 points) have seen the gap narrow between themselves and the rest of the East teams after playing 16 of 56 scheduled games. The Bruins continue to be led by forwards Brad Marchand (9 goals; 11 assists, 20 points) and Patrice Bergeron (7 goals; 12 assists, 19 points), who rank inside the top 20 in the NHL in scoring.


  • Toronto -286
  • Edmonton +475
  • Montreal +550
  • Winnipeg +1500
  • Calgary +2000
  • Vancouver +5000
  • Ottawa +65000

Frankie Whispers Betting Breakdown: The Toronto Maple Leafs (15-4-2, 32 points), who have the most points of any team in the NHL, have moved from moderate to overwhelming favorites to win the North as they continue to be led by the league's top goalscorer in Auston Matthews (18 goals). The oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook have moved the Maple Leafs from -143 to -286 favorites to win the realigned North. The Edmonton Oilers (13-8-0, 26 points), who possess the NHL's top two players in scoring in Connor McDavid (13 goals; 25 assists, 38 points) and Leon Draisaitl (10 goals; 23 assists, 33 points), sit in second place in the league standings only six points behind. The oddsmakers have noticed and slashed their +1100 odds offered last week down to only +475 this week.


  • Colorado +140
  • Vegas +155
  • St. Louis +750
  • Minnesota +900 
  • San Jose +3500
  • Arizona +4500
  • Anaheim +5500

Frankie Whispers Betting Breakdown: The Vegas Golden Knights (11-4-1, 23 points) hold a one-point lead over St. Louis (10-8-2, 22 points) in the West. However, we should note that the Blues are tied for the most (19) played games of any West team. The Colorado Avalanche (9-6-1, 19 points), thanks to winning six of their past 10 games, have taken over the top betting spot to win the West at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Golden Knights continue to be led by star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who leads the NHL with a league-best 1.55 GAA and .942 save percentage. Not to be outdone, Colorado has its star in between the pipes as Phillip Grabauer ranks a closely behind with a 2.01 GAA. This is going to be an amazing battle of two elite clubs all season long.


  • Colorado +600
  • Tampa Bay +800
  • Boston +800
  • Toronto +800
  • Vegas +1000
  • Carolina +1000
  • Montreal +1500
  • Edmonton +1600
  • Philadelphia +1900
  • St. Louis +2000
  • Florida +2300
  • NY Islanders +2500
  • Pittsburgh +2500
  • Washington +3000
  • Calgary +3700
  • Winnipeg +3700
  • Dallas +4000
  • Minnesota +4500
  • Chicago +5500
  • NY Rangers +5500
  • NJ Devils +6000
  • LA Kings +7000
  • Nashville +7500
  • San Jose +7500
  • Arizona +8000
  • Columbus +8000
  • Vancouver +8000
  • Anaheim +8500
  • Buffalo +9000
  • Detroit +65000
  • Ottawa +75000

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