While the 2021 NHL entry draft isn't viewed as being as deep as the 2020 class, as with Alexis Lafreniere last season, there appears to be a consensus No. 1 - Michigan's Owen Power. The Wolverines freshman defenceman didn't look out of place playing with the men at the IIHF world championship, winning a gold medal skating for Canada, playing in the top defensive pairing. Power is almost certainly going to the Buffalo Sabres.
NHL Futures: Week 21 Odds Update
Stanley Cup Championship Week 21 Contenders
Chasing the Presidents' Cup has merits that are both good and bad. The good is earning home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoff race. The bad is just two of the last 14 top regular season teams have gone on to the claim the NHL Championship. The 2017-18 race has become very interesting as the top five squads are separated by just three points. Stumbling some, during a recent 5-5-0 mediocre run, Tampa Bay has been pushed out of first place as Vegas continues to light up the league and the Golden Knights now have a slim one-point lead over the Lightning.
Continuing their torrid pace, Boston has two games in hand on the Knights and Bolts as the Bruins sit alone in third place - just one point behind Tampa Bay and two back of Vegas. Trading blows, while tied at the top of the Central Division standings, Nashville and Winnipeg round the top five overall Cup contenders as the Predators and Jets are only three points behind the Golden Knights. Unfazed, top NHL bookmakers still have Tampa Bay listed as top Stanley Cup chalk - though not by much. Sitting eighth overall, and making a big move, defending Champion Pittsburgh is red-hot.
Heading Into Week 21: We're still comfortable with our Week 12 Tampa Bay Stanley Cup call.
Week 21 NHL Championship Futures Lines
Previous Update: Prior to the NHL Week 20 schedule.
Current Odds: From 12/02/18 to 19/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Betting Lines Order: Teams are listed according to their overall position in the standings.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds Update: Week 21 @ 9:30 PM ET February 19, 2018.
19/02/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update
Tampa Bay tilting some recently has moved four teams to within five points of first place in the Eastern Conference. Games in hand mess with the mathematics as the Bolts have 81 points over 59 games while Boston has 80 points with two less matches played. Toronto has posted a quiet 8-2-0 mark over their last ten contests and the Maple Leafs trail the Bolts by four points - with two more games played. Washington, who are 5-3-2 over their last ten, is beginning to hear the march of the Penguins as the Capitals have a one-point lead on Pittsburgh with a pair of games in hand.
Looking like the Metropolitan Division will send five squads to the NHL postseason party, the Flyers, Devils, Hurricanes, Islanders and Blue Jackets are in a fierce five-squad fight for the last three East playoff positions. Having played a league low 56 games, and on a solid 7-3-0 recent run, Florida is making a playoff push. Should the Panthers win the glut of games they have in hand - Roberto Luongo & Co. will back in contention for a Wild Card position. That is about the best the Cats can hope for as they won't catch which ever team (Maple Leafs) finishes third in the Atlantic Division.
East Playoff Race: Don't look past the current top five for an Eastern Conference Champion.
Week Over Week: 12/02/18 to 19/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 21 @ 11:00 PM ET February 19, 2018.
19/02/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update
Even tighter than the fantastic East race, the top three Western Conference leaders are separated by three points. With very few differences on paper - Vegas, Nashville and Winnipeg are settling in to wage an epic three-way fight down the stretch. With 82 points, the Golden Knights have leg up but the Sin City Crew are just 5-4-0 over their last nine matches and minor cracks are starting to appear. That said, no one is really lighting up the West these days as no team has won more than six over their last ten contests. Running hot recently - the Dallas Stars (12-5-1) are worth watching.
Not giving an inch, Nashville and Winnipeg are just three points back in a tie for second in the West and in their fight for top spot in the Central Division. All close in number of games played, the Predators and Jets have 79 points and that's good for a seven point lead on the Dallas Stars and St. Louis. The Central is poised to send five teams to the playoffs as well as the Blues and Minnesota currently own the two Wild Card spots. Vegas is cruising along as they are ten points clear of San Jose in the Pacific Division. Barring a total collapse - the Knights will win the Pacific. So amazing.
West Playoff Race: Wild, as we figured it would be, the West is still a wide-open battle.
Week Over Week: 12/02/18 to 19/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 21 @ 11:00 PM ET February 19, 2018.
Hoop It Up At Canadian Focused Sportsbooks
Looking ahead, most NHL teams will have less than 20 games remaining when we next meet so it's full stream ahead from here on out. For regular readers, who are betting along at home, we will recap our current Stanley Cup playoff futures next week. Though not perfect - we are sitting with a viable crop. The same can be said for our NBA futures as the Association kicks it up another notch now the All-Star Weekend festivities are complete. Nearing the final quarter of the campaign, odds on the Race For Larry will start to move regularly now so check out our weekly futures updates.
NCAA hoops action has twelve days left on their regular season slate. Like a muster of Peacocks, teams will be flashing their feathers trying to impress the March Madness Selection Committee during the final two weeks. Even more mysterious than the NCAAF overlords - the powers that be will announce the 68 tournament teams on March 11, 2018. Duelling in Dayton, Ohio, the First Four tip off the action on March 13-14. From play-in games to the NCAAB and NBA Championship clashes - these top ranked online bookmakers keep Canucks connected to LIVE hoops action.
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