- BetOnline’s updated Western Conference odds list the Blues and Golden Knights as co-favorites at +650
- The Oilers and Coyotes have both seen their odds skyrocket from +2000 to +1000
- Calgary and Winnipeg’s odds to win the West (+1200) have fallen the most since the start of the year
In the NHL, almost nothing is out of the question. With the playoffs a complete crapshoot, there’s no reason why any of the teams listed below couldn’t go on a St. Louis Blues-like run to the Stanley Cup Finals and cash your ticket.
Now that we’re about a quarter of the way through the hockey season, let’s look at how the odds have changed at BetOnline and identify some fast risers and fallers.
NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ODDS
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||Before Season|
|St. Louis Blues||+650||↑||+700|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+650||↓||+550|
|San Jose Sharks||+1000||↓||+900|
|Los Angeles Kings||+5000||↓||+3300|
RISING UP THE BOARD
The reigning champs in St. Louis (+650) haven’t lost a step since losing sniper Vladimir Tarasenko (more in our Central Division Odds Update) and are now Cup Final co-favorites with the Golden Knights (+650), who were favored in the West in the pre-season.
The Blues’ 31 points tie them atop the conference with a rejuvenated Oilers team that continues to win games. Edmonton’s one-two punch at center, Leon Draisatl and Connor McDavid, currently sit one-two on the list of NHL scoring leaders with 44 and 43 points, respectively.
Congrats to the @ArizonaCoyotes on putting up their first-ever banner ? pic.twitter.com/QwqieaQGNR
— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 19, 2019
Like their Pacific-rivals up north, the Coyotes’ odds to win the West have also shortened from +2000 to +1000 since the summer.
Winners of four of their last five games, Arizona currently sits just three points shy of the division lead thanks to their surprisingly stellar goaltending tandem of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta.
The Canucks’ odds also moved from +2500 to +1600 after a hot opening month to the season, but Vancouver has only won two of ten games since the calendar flipped to November.
FALLING DOWN THE BOARD
Rebounding from an ugly 4-10-1 start to the season that lengthened their odds to win the Pacific from +450 to +1400, the Sharks had won six straight games before a 5-2 loss to the Oilers on Tuesday night.
While San Jose’s odds have resurfaced to +1000, oddsmakers don’t seem as confident in Winnipeg or Calgary. Much the same as their fledgling divisional hopes, the Jets odds to win the West have nosedived from +700 to +1200.
The @NHLFlames offence has been struggling as of late. ❄️
What do you think they need to do to spark their offence? ? pic.twitter.com/5606fmxXQj
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 18, 2019
In contrast to Winnipeg, who is currently on a three-game win streak, the Flames (+1200) have five straight losses and sit under .500 with a 10-11-3 record.
With largely the same roster that put up 50 regular season wins to finish atop the conference last year, Calgary could be in serious jeopardy of missing the postseason.
Chicago also sits near the bottom of the conference, but have picked things up offensively of late, scoring a league-leading 38 goals in the month of November.
At +2000, the Blackhawks are a better longshot than lost-causes such as the Kings and Wild.