Welcome to The NHL’s Central Division. This is home for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets. Canadian hockey fans and bettors pay special attention to the Jets, but the Blackhawks have always had a big following. They are an Original 6 team, and they have had enough success in recent years to keep them popular among both purist hockey fans and historians, as well as casual fans and “bandwagoners.”
NHL Central Scores And Standings
Here are your Central standings. See who’s on top and who’s making a move.
Bet On NHL Central Games
The first thing you need to know about betting on the NHL is that the bad teams are still pretty good and still win games. The best NHL teams may win about 70% of their games and the bad teams still win about 30% of their games. So you may not see the big payoff potential you would see elsewhere in other sports when the first place team meets the last place team.
The same can also be said for home ice advantage. It’s not a big deal in the NHL, except among the best teams in the league, who win more home games. So don’t buy into the home ice hype. Most teams only win a bit more than 50% of their home games. Betting on the away team is not as big of a risk as it would be in the NBA or NFL.
Also, remember to pay more attention to defence and goaltending, as opposed to offensive stats and trends. High powered teams and hot scorers are routinely shut down by good D, or a good goaltender.
And finally, you may have heard of the zig zag theory. If you haven’t, in a nutshell, you bet on a team that just lost a game, thinking that they are due to bounce back and win their next game. Not a bad theory, but you can do better. The reasoning doesn’t consider strong or weak teams that are about to go on a big streak. It’s ok enough (but not great) when two evenly matched teams are playing each other. It also doesn’t factor in hot goaltenders, injuries, or a few other things that will cause a team to lose games.