Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Yesterday Westgate Las Vegas Superbook released their NHL point totals for the upcoming season.

The online books will have different numbers than what we see here, but these are a good ballpark idea of what to expect.

Anaheim Ducks - 106.5
Pittsburgh Penguins - 104.5
Edmonton Oilers -103.5
Washington Capitals - 103.5
Tampa Bay Lightning - 102.5
Montreal Canadiens - 100.5
Chicago Blackhawks - 99.5
Dallas Stars - 98.5
Nashville Predators - 98.5
Columbus Blue Jackets - 96.5
Minnesota Wild - 96.5
San Jose Sharks - 96.5
Calgary Flames - 95.5
New York Rangers - 95.5
St. Louis Blues - 95.5
Toronto Maple Leafs - 94.5
Carolina Hurricanes - 93.5
Boston Bruins - 92.5
Ottawa Senators - 92.5
Winnipeg Jets - 92.5
Philadelphia Flyers - 91.5
Los Angeles Kings - 89.5
New York Islanders - 88.5
Buffalo Sabres -87.5
Florida Panthers - 85.5
Detroit Red Wings - 78.5
Arizona Coyotes - 74.5
New Jersey Devils - 74.5
Vancouver Canucks - 72.5
Colorado Avalanche - 69.5
Vegas Golden Knights - 68.5

The biggest drops from last year's standings are:
  • WSH -14.5
  • CBJ -11.5
  • CHI -9.5
  • MIN -9.5.  
All of these teams were near the top of the PDO list last year, and they also subtracted more than they added in the offseason.

The biggest risers are:
  • COL +21.5
  • DAL +19.5
  • TB +8.5
  • BUF +9.5
  • CAR +6.5
Did they set CAR high enough? They likely improved the most in the offseason, and they'll get a nice PDO bump now that they finally have goaltending. Can DAL and COL put up 10+ more wins this season?  Possibly the former, but I wouldn't hold my breath on the latter.

Other quick thoughts:

How long do we think ANA will remain at the top?

Lines that were set too low: STL, NYI, and ARI.

The Central division remains king, with six teams listed at 92.5 point or higher.

EDM's rise isn't surprising given their breakout season.

Has NSH already gone from underrated to overrated?

I have no idea if PHI is too high, or too low, or just right.

Sleeper candidates: WPG (again), BOS, and LA.

And last but not least, welcome to the betting board Vegas Golden Knights.


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