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NHL Futures: Week 18 Odds Update

NHL Futures: Week 18 Odds Update
Are you ready for a race? With the Christmas break, mandatory minimum five day BYE weeks, plus All-Star Weekend all in the rear view mirror, the chase to the National Hockey League playoffs hits a higher gear now. With ten weeks left on the regular season slate, let's check out the latest NHL Championship futures odds prior to Week 18 action which begins on January 30, 2018.

Stanley Cup Championship Week 18 Contenders

Similar in length, to most Sin City visits, Vegas enjoyed a brief stay at the top of the overall National Hockey League standings. Bumping Tampa Bay off the top perch eleven days ago, a 3-0-0 pre All-Star Weekend run by the Lightning pushed the Bolts back into the overall lead. With one more game played than the Golden Knights (32-12-4) Tampa Bay (34-12-3) owns a three-point lead on Vegas who continue to dazzle hockey fans. Steven Stamkos & Crew have a test ahead though as they are on a run that has them playing nine of their next thirteen contests at barns on the road.

Getting out of Dodge, to avoid the Super Bowl craziness, the Golden Knights are embarking on a six game road trip of their own. Vegas is 3-2-1 during six contests as visitors recently and have pushed their road record to eleventh best at 13-9-2. Lurking behind the leaders, Boston (29-10-8) continues their remarkable run as the Bruins have not lost in regulation time during their last 18 games. The 14-0-4 run, which began on 16/12/17, includes five straight wins prior to the All-Star break. The Winnipeg Jets (29-13-8) and Nashville Predators (29-11-7) round out the top five overall.

Heading Into Week 18: On a 7-3-0 recent run >>> Pittsburgh is starting to make a charge. 

Week 18 NHL Championship Futures Lines

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30/01/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update

Although they must be hearing the Bruins heavy footsteps behind them, Tampa Bay continues to lead the Eastern Conference race. The Lightning have pushed their NHL leading GF/GA differential to +50 and they are just one of five teams with a positive number in the East. Recognizing how good the Lightning are – all four of the top rated CSB bookmakers dropped the Bolts East title price week over week. That included Bet635 who now have Tampa Bay as tiny (+250) favorites.

Boston can moved to within one point of the East top spot - if they win the two games in hand they have on the Bolts. The Bruins streak without a loss is five off the 23 straight they posted way back during the 1940-41 NHL season. Washington (29-15-5) and Toronto (28-18-5) sit third and fourth in the East and they are both playing decent hockey. The Capitals own a 6-point lead in the Metropolitan Division while the Leafs sit third in the Atlantic – though 15 points clear of Detroit.

East Playoff Push: Seven teams are within five points of each other in the East Wild Card race.

Week Over Week: 22/01/18 to 30/01/18  Best Money Line Value

Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings. 

Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 18 @ 5:30 AM ET on January 30, 2018.

Eastern Conference 
Lightning  +325 to +300   +325 to +300   +300 to +250   +300 to +275 
Bruins  +400 to N/C   +400 to N/C   +450 to +425   +700 to +450 
Capitals  +650 to N/C   +650 to N/C   +700 to +650   +600 to +650  
Maple Leafs  +700 to +650   +600 to +650   +750 to N/C   +700 to +750  
Blue Jackets  +1000 to +1100   +1000 to +1100   +950 to +1100   +800 to +1000 
Penguins  +800 to N/C   +800 to N/C   +1200 to +950   +900 to +1000  
Devils  +1400 to N/C   +1400 to N/C   +800 to +1100   +1100 to N/C  
Flyers  +2000 to +1800   +2000 to +1800   +950 to +1100   +2200 to +1400 
Rangers  +1400 to N/C   +1400 to N/C   +1200 to +1300   +1200 to N/C 
Islanders  +1600 to +1800   +1800 to N/C   +1400 to +1300   +1400 to N/C 
Hurricanes  +2000 to +2200   +2000 to +2200   +2200 to N/C   +2200 to N/C 
Red Wings  +7500 to N/C   +7500 to N/C   +6000 to +5500   +5000 to N/C 
Canadiens  +6600 to +7500   +6600 to +7500   +4500 to +5500   +3300 to +5000 
Panthers  +5000 to +7500   +5000 to N/C   +4000 to +5500   +4000 to +5000 
Senators  +5000 to +7500   +5000 to +7500   +8000 to +20K   +5000 to +10K  
Sabres  +200K to N/C   OTB - Week 13  +200K to +75K 
 +300K to +100K  

30/01/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update

While Vegas (68 PTS) and Winnipeg (66) are the Western Conference leaders – neither of them are a lock to be there when the regular season ends ten weeks from now. The Jets lead in the Central is tenuous at best as Nashville (65) is just one point back and the Predators, who are on a 7-1-2 roll, have three games in hand on the Manitoba Crew. Including Colorado (57) who have dropped two straight after a ten-game winning streak, seven Central squads are well within the playoff race.

More comfortably out in front in the Pacific Division - Vegas (68) owns a nine-point bulge on San Jose (59) and they are ten up on Calgary (58) who sit third overall. As we roll into Week 18, five of the bottom seven West teams play in the Pacific and none of them own a postseason position. Though they've won four of their last five matches, Edmonton is ten points out of a playoff spot. Don't look much further than the Oilers NHL sixth worst 3.11 GAA to pinpoint the main problem.

West Playoff Push: Four squads, with 57 PTS, are fighting for the final West Wild Card spot.

Week Over Week: 22/01/18 to 30/01/18  Best Money Line Value

Odds Table Oder: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.

Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 18 @ 5:30 AM ET on January 30, 2018.

Western Conference
Golden Knights  +375 to +350 
 +375 to +325   +400 to N/C   +500 to +450 
Jets  +675 to +700   +750 to N/C   +650 to +550   +750 to +700 
Predators  +650 to N/C   +650 to N/C   +500 to N/C 
 +500 to +450 
Blues  +900 to +850   +900 to +850   +1000 to +850    +650 to +800 
Stars  +1200 to +1100   +1200 to +1100   +1300 to +1000   +1200 to +1000 
Sharks  +1200 to N/C   +1200 to N/C   +900 to +1000   +1200 to N/C 
Flames  +1200 to +1100   +1200 to +1100   +1000 to +1100 
 +1000 to N/C 
Avalanche  +1400 to N/C   +1400 to N/C   +1100 to N/C   +1600 to +1200 
Kings  +1000 to +1400 
 +1000 to +1400   +1100 to +1250   +800 to +900 
Wild  +1000 to N/C   +1000 to N/C    +1100 to +1250   +1400 to N/C  
Ducks  +1200 to +1100    +1200 to +1100   +1600 to +1500   +1600 to N/C 
Blackhawks  +1400 to N/C   +1200 to +1400   +1800 to +1600   +1400 to +1800 
Oilers  +1800 to +2800   +1800 to +2800    +2000 to +2200   +2000 to N/C 
Canucks  +20K to N/C   OTB Week 18   +3500 to +4000   +4000 to +5000 
Coyotes  +300K to N/C  OTB Week 12  +300K to N/C   +100K to N/C  

Online Betting Boards Feature Super Bowl LII 

Just heating up in the NHL and NBA - the NFL playoff race has hit a final sprint as New England and Philadelphia are set to square off in Super Bowl LII. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 PM ET on February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Bookmakers have been dealing with at least one whale during the first nine days of the two-week break as mega-bets have flowed in on the Eagles. One unidentified bettor, who also reportedly pocketed $14 million on six 2017 MLB World Series wagers, has bet "multi-millions" that QB Nick Foles will be better than Patriots pivot Tom Brady.

Some balls are more inflated than others eh? Still heavily involved in researching the final fight - we will post our 2018 NFL Championship selections on 03/04/18. Following a plan, that has delivered positive results in the past, we are at the Coin Toss and First Score of the Game stage on our Super Bowl Prop path. Wagering tips and picks will be posted here every day until the big game kickoff. World famous, the bookmakers below deliver the best Super Bowl Sunday betting experience. Get in the game anytime 24/7 and receive free betting advice on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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