Odds to Lead NHL Divisions in Fights: Which Enforcer Will Take 2021 Crown?

The 2021 NHL season is shaping up to be unlike any other for a variety of reasons.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a one-off division realignment will take place this year, as the North, Central, East and West divisions are set to sort out which teams will earn the right to participate in the playoffs. The North Division pits solely the seven Canadian teams against each other for the first time in NHL history.

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With the league taking on such a different look, oddsmakers have been busy providing hockey bettors with ample opportunities to wager on some alternative props. Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on which players will lead their respective divisions in fights, with plenty of value on the board.

Here’s a breakdown of the odds for all four divisions and the likeliest candidates to cash futures tickets on odds to lead NHL divisions in fights.

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Tkachuk, Watson Lead Odds in North Division Fights

2021 North Division Fight Leader Odds
Player Odds
Brady Tkachuk +150
Austin Watson +150
Matthew Tkachuk +600
Zack Kassian +600
Milan Lucic +1000
Zack MacEwen +1200
Josh Anderson +1400
Blake Wheeler +2000
Antoine Roussel +2000
Jujhar Khaira +3000
Ben Chiarot +3000
Justin Holl +4000

Best Bet: Zack Kassian +600

A pair of Ottawa Senators top the board in the North Division, as Brady Tkachuk and Austin Watson are tied as the +150 co-favorites to spend the most time in the penalty box for their work as pugilists.

Tkachuk has already participated in seven fights in his two years with the Sens, while Watson, who came to the team as a free agent in the offseason, has 33 pro fights under his belt – all with his former team, the Nashville Predators.

Tkachuk and Watson will get in no shortage of scraps up north this season, but my best bet for this prop is Edmonton’s Zack Kassian. Kassian has 22 fights in his Oilers career and is on pace to add to that total in 2021.

The “Battle of Alberta” between the Oilers and Calgary Flames kicked into a whole new gear last season, and I’m expecting Kassian to fight regularly in the shortened season.

Goodrow is Odds-On Fave to Notch Most Fights in Central Division

2021 Central Division Fight Leader Odds
Player Odds
Barclay Goodrow -200
Patrick Maroon +450
Nick Foligno +700
MacKenzie Weegar +1000
Jamie Benn +1800
Jamie Oleksiak +2000
Jarred Tinordi +2000
Luke Kunin +2000
Filip Hronek +2500
Connor Murphy +4000

Best Bet: Patrick Maroon +450

Tampa Bay’s Barclay Goodrow is the odds-on favorite in this prop, so you won’t find much value in backing him to lead the Central in fights. Instead, take a look at Patrick Maroon.

Maroon, the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion with the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning, isn’t shying away from fisticuffs in the latter stage of his career. The 32-year-old had five regular-season fights and one preseason scrap in his first campaign with the Bolts. Don’t be surprised if he surpasses that number and paces the Central Division in the category of most fights.

Can Anyone Catch Deslauriers in West Division Fight Odds?

2021 West Division Fight Leader Odds
Player Odds
Nicolas Deslauriers -150
Ryan Reaves +400
Kurtis MacDermid +500
Dennis Gilbert +500
Kyle Clifford +550
John Hayden +1500
Lawson Crouse +2000
Evander Kane +2500
Matt Calvert +2500
Ryan Hartman +3000

Best Bet: Nicolas Deslauriers -150

There’s no question who’s the true heavyweight of the West Division. Nicolas Deslauriers exploded onto the scene a year ago by posting a career-high 14 fights for the Anaheim Ducks. Prior to the 2019-20 campaign, the Canadian’s career high in fights was seven in 2014-15.

It’s tough to bet against the favored Deslauriers here. Ryan Reaves has patroled the ice as one of the NHL’s top fighters for years, but he’s only gotten into six scraps in the past two years. Los Angeles’s Kurtis MacDermid is not a bad value play at +500, but I’m taking Deslauriers all day to cash this prop.

Wilson, Johnston Out in Front in East Division Fight Odds

2021 East Division Fight Leader Odds
Player Odds
Tom Wilson +200
Ross Johnston +200
Garnet Hathaway +275
Robert Hagg +650
Brendan Lemieux +600
Nick Ritchie +1000
Matt Martin +1200
Jordan Nolan +2000
Jake McCabe +2500
Miles Wood +2500

Best Bet: Ross Johnston +200

The East is easily the division with the most uncertainty on the board this season. It’s anyone’s guess which man will spend the most time in the sin bin for fighting, and oddsmakers are giving both Tom Wilson and Ross Johnston a +200 shot to collect the most fighting majors in the East.

Wilson has been one of the toughest players in the NHL for the past decade, but I’m choosing Johnston this time around. He had two preseason and six regular-season fights in 2019-20 and is primed to keep the momentum rolling this year.

The 26-year-old is younger than Wilson and is the unquestioned tough guy on Long Island. Don’t be surprised if he’s out in front of odds to lead NHL divisions in fights when all is said and done.

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