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NHL Futures: Week 20 Odds Update

NHL Futures: Week 20 Odds Update
With the final fourth of the 2017-18 National Hockey League slate looming on the horizon - there are races going on in various segments across the NHL. Some teams are battling for top spot overall, others are fighting to make it to the Big Dance, while some are vying for the most balls in NHL Draft Lottery. Week 20, which begins on February 12, 2018, offers up a 51 match schedule.

Stanley Cup Championship Week 20 Contenders

Due to bookmakers being a little late refreshing their NHL Championship odds, the Week 20 action is already underway as the Monday night schedule was a light three-game affair. One of those contests was a confidence builder for Toronto as the Maple Leafs took down league leading Tampa Bay by a 4-3 count at the Air Canada Center. The Lightning (79 PTS) still own the NHL top perch but it’s a precarious lead as the gap from first to sixth place is six points. With games-in-hand Vegas (1) and Boston (2) are tied for second with 76 points while Nashville (2) is four back with 75 points. 

Toronto, who are tied with St. Louis for most game played (58) and Winnipeg (56 GP) are tied with 73 points each. Those top six teams are showing no signs of slowing down as they are 41-14-5 over their last ten matches. Pittsburgh (7-2-1) and Dallas (7-3-0) have made up some ground recently as the next seven squads, which also includes the Blues, Capitals, Sharks, Wild and Flames, are now separated by five points. The Flyers, Kings and Ducks round out the top 16 as they are all tied 65 points apiece. Playoff bubble battles, with five plus teams, are still fantastic in both Conferences.

Heading Into Week 20: Admitting we were sucked in – Edmonton will not make the playoffs. 

Week 20 NHL Championship Futures Lines

Results / FixturesNHL

12/02/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update

Continuing to cut into Tampa Bay’s East lead, ever so slightly, Boston has moved to within three points of the Lightning. Unkind to many “Pick A Winner/Loser” pool players, after they lost 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres (16-30-10) last Saturday, the Bruins are 19-2-4 over their last 25 contests. The Lightning are 15-9-1 over that same period which means the Bruins banked 42 points while the Bolts bagged just 31 during that stretch. Toronto is 19 PTS clear of Florida in the Atlantic Division.

While we have written off our Stanley Cup and West title wagers on the Oilers, we were never too down on our Pittsburgh tickets which are surging back to life. Sid The Kid & Crew have earned 23 of a possible 30 points over their last 15 contests. The Penguins Cup and East Championship prices are now back to their Week 2 odds. Although not sure what they like, and the other top NHL bookmakers do not, Bet365 pushed the Flyers price from +1400 down to +950 week over week. 

East Playoff Race: Goaltending is a concern for anyone taking an East title flyer on Philadelphia.

Week Over Week: 05/02/18 to 12/02/18  Best Money Line Value

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

Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 20 @ 10:00 PM ET February 12, 2018.

Eastern Conference 
Lightning  +250 to N/C   +300 to +250   +250 to +260    +250 to +275 
Bruins  +425 to +400   +400 to N/C   +425 to N/C   +425 to +400 
Maple Leafs  +700 to N/C   +700 to N/C   +700 to +550   +700 to +600  
Capitals  +650 to +700   +700 to N/C   +650  to +625   +650 to +600  
Penguins  +800 to +425   +450 to +500   +900 to +700   +800 to +700  
Flyers  +1600 to +2200   +1800 to +2200   +1400 to +950   +1400 to +1200
Devils  +1000 to +1200   +1800 to +1200   +800 to +1300   +900 to +1200  
Hurricanes  +1800 to +2200   +2200 to N/C   +1600 to +1400   +2000 to +2200 
Blue Jackets  +1300 to +1200   +1200 to N/C    +1300 to +1500   +1400 to N/C 
Islanders  +1400 to +3000   +1800 to +3000   +1500 to +1800   +1800 to N/C 
Rangers  +1600 to +2000   +1400 to +2000   +1600 to +1800   +1600 to +1800 
Red Wings  +7500 to N/C   +7500 to N/C   +5500 to +8000   +5000 to +8000 
Panthers  +6600 to +15K   +15K to N/C   +4000 to +6000   +5000 to N/C  
Canadiens  +7500 to +10K   +10K to N/C   +6600 to +10K  +6600 to +10K 
Senators  +20K to +22.5K  OTB – Week 19   +22.5K to N/C   +10K to N/C  
Sabres  +100K to +200K   OTB – Week 13  +100K to +200K 
 +100K to N/C  

12/02/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update

Making it look routine, Vegas is clearing every hurdle during their inaugural season. That said, the Golden Knights went 12-1-1 and then 7-5-2 during their last 28 matches. We’re not suggesting the Knights will totally melt in the Las Vegas spring sun as a 13-10-4 season close should lock up first in the Pacific Division. We do wonder if that will be enough to win the West though as Nashville has rolled to a 10-1-3 recent record as they continue to fend off Winnipeg in the Central Division.

Apart from the Vegas feel-good story, it’s difficult to find a team that has done more with less than the Jets. The Predators have played two less games but Winnipeg is just two points behind them. After splitting the first two games – the Preds and Jets still have three matches to play against each other this season. Teams in the Central Division currently occupy five of the eight West playoff positions. However, for the first time in a decade, the Chicago Blackhawks are not one of them.

West Playoff Race: Though playing well – We are still cautious about soaring with the Jets.

Week Over Week: 05/02/18 to 12/02/18  Best Money Line Value

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

Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 20 @ 10:00 PM ET February 12, 2018.

Western Conference
Golden Knights  +360 to +300 
 +300 to N/C   +360 to N/C   +350 to N/C 
Predators  +400 to N/C  +450 to +400   +400 to +350 
 +400 to N/C 
Jets  +450 to +600   +750 to +650   +450 to +600   +500 to N/C 
Blues  +775 to +850   +900 to +850   +750 to +800    +800 to N/C  
Stars  +1200 to N/C   +1100 to +1200   +1100 to +800   +1000 to N/C   
Sharks  +1100 to 1400   +1200 to +1400   +1200 to +1100   +1200 to +1400 
Wild  +1400 to N/C   +1200 to +1400   +1300 to N/C   +1400 to N/C 
Flames  +1300 to +1600   +1600 to N/C   +1500 to +1300 
 +1400 to N/C 
Kings  +1300 to +1800 
 +1600 to +1800   +1250 to +1300   +1200 to +1400 
Ducks  +1600 to +1100   +1100 to N/C   +1700 to +1500   +1600 to N/C 
Avalanche  +1500 to +1400   +1400 to N/C   +1500 to N/C   +1400 to N/C 
Blackhawks  +2000 to N/C    +1600 to +2000   +2000 to +2800   +1800 to +2000   
Oilers  +2800 to +2000   +3300 to +2000   +2800 to +3500   +2000 to +2500 
Canucks  +20K to +10K   OTB Week 18   +4000 to +5000   +4000 to +5000 
Coyotes  +300K to N/C   OTB Week 12  +300K to N/C   +100K to +200K  

Bet on the NHL and NBA Playoff Races in Canada

Heating up nicely, the NHL and NBA playoff pushes are happening simultaneously. Looking ahead, our Week 21 NHL update will go to publish one week prior to the NHL trade deadline so we will be tracking that over the next two weeks. We will recap our wagers and look to the future during our Week 22 update. Though the hoops slate is a little behind, they will catch up once their All-Star festivities play out this weekend. In addition to Championship futures, including Division winning odds, pre-game and LIVE betting on both sports is offered daily at top ranked online sportsbooks. 

Also, always a Harbouring of Spring in the Great White North, pitchers and catchers begin reporting to Major League Baseball spring training facilities this week and most full-squad workouts begin on 19/02/18. We are following the early odds on our MLB futures page and regular updates will be common once the X-Games get rolling during the last week of February. Remember, for the first time since 1968, all 30 squads will hit the diamonds during MLB Opening Day on March 29, 2018. Ditch your local lottery team and step up to the Majors with these veteran online bookmakers.

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