NHL Odds: Northeast Uncertainty Impacts East Hierarchy
With the Northeast Division still very much wide-open, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking for an opportunity to steal a victory over the Ottawa Senators this Saturday. Currently the Habs find themselves an alarming handful of points out of the playoffs.
Is it too late for the Canadiens to claw their way into the postseason picture? Theyíll likely have to climb above equally disappointing Buffalo if they want to get there.
Whatís most intriguing about how the NHL betting lines have played out, though, is the pair of non-contenders flirting with the divisionís top spot. Sure they arenít likely to catch up to reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston, but that Toronto and Ottawa have even hung on long enough to be in this position is impressive enough.
Can Milan Michalek continue to contend for the goal-scoring lead with young Erik Karlsson battling for assists from the blue-line? The unexpected offensive output has helped the franchise bounce back from a disappointing 2010-11.
Despite the Sensí resurgence in the standings in the first half of the season, however, NHL odds makers are still skeptical.
According to Bovadaís NHL futures, Ottawa has just 60/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup. The Habs - currently seven spots back in seventh in the conference - have 50/1, suggesting we may see some movement before seasonís done.
Get your NHL odds and Stanley Cup futures at Bovada.