Three and a half months after the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed the Stanley Cup in the NHL bubble, the puck is set to be dropped for the beginning of the 2021 NHL season on January 13, 2021.
Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming NHL campaign is going to have a very different look. For the first time ever, the league’s seven Canadian teams will only play against each other in their own division – the NHL North Division. The American clubs will compete in the Central, East and West divisions.
What are oddsmakers expecting to see for the all-Canadian division? Here’s a look at the latest NHL North Division odds, courtesy of Bovada. The implied odds in the table are courtesy of our Sports Betting Odds Calculator.
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NHL North Division Odds
|Team||Current Odds||Season-Opening Odds|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+125||44.4 percent|
|Edmonton Oilers||+433||18.8 percent|
|Montreal Canadiens||+550||15.4 percent|
|Vancouver Canucks||+600||14.3 percent|
|Calgary Flames||+600||14.3 percent|
|Winnipeg Jets||+850||10.6 percent|
|Ottawa Senators||+4500||2.2 percent|
Odds as of January 14 at Bovada
Leafs Favored to Win North Division
The Leafs, who haven’t won a playoff series since 2004, have been a fantastic regular-season team that’s struggled to get the job done in the postseason in recent years.
Toronto placed third in the Atlantic Division in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season but lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the play-in round in a series that went to a fifth and deciding game.
Can Toronto get over the hump and finally get the job done when it matters the most in the playoffs? That remains to be seen, but given the current makeup of the roster, it makes sense to see them given the favorite label prior to the start of the season in NHL North Division odds.
Oilers Offering the Most Value in North Division Odds
The Oilers’ +433 NHL North Division odds price is the most appealing bet on the board in this prop for a variety of reasons. Edmonton has the best hockey player in the world in Connor McDavid, but Leon Draisaitl’s stellar campaign netted him the Art Ross Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Hart Memorial Trophy and a spot on the NHL First All-Star Team.
Edmonton is built to win now. The goaltending remains a question mark, and general manager Ken Holland’s decision to bring back veteran netminder Mike Smith instead of looking elsewhere in free agency was a bit of a head scratcher.
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