Best Central Division Betting Sites

When soccer’s World Cup is contested and the draw is held for the tournament, there’s always one group labeled the group of death, because it is so rich is deply skilled teams that it is guaranteed that some very good squads will be heading home without qualifying for the knockout stage of the event. The Central Division is the National Hockey League’s group of death. Every spring when the regular season concludes and the positions are locked up for the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are always quality Central Division teams sent packing. [+]

How tough is it to make the grade in the NHL Central? The Winnipeg Jets garnered 99 points to earn a playoff spot in 2014-15, but in 2015-16 slid to last place, missing the playoffs by nine points.

Things are so tight in the NHL Central Division a team can go from worst to first in a heartbeat. That was the case with the Avalanche. Colorado was division champions with 112 points in 2013-14, the third-best total in the entire NHL. Then the Avalanche slumped all the way to the Central Division basement in 2014-15 but it wasn’t like they had a bad season.

Going from the penthouse to the outhouse isn’t uncommon in the NHL Central. Four different teams finished first in the division between 2012-13 and 2015-16. The Chicago Blackhawks went from first place and a Stanley Cup championship in 2009-10 to an eighth seed in 2010-11.

 

Central Division Betting Lines Today

Keep up to date with the ongoings in the Central Division by referencing the current betting lines below. This is an essential first step in planning your betting strategy. 

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FT St. Louis Blues 4 - 1 Boston Bruins +154 -172

Central Division Standings Right Now

Here are the latest NHL Central Division standings avalable for your perusal. One factor you can count on when wagering on Central Division games is that they will be hotly contested.  [+]

While the Chicago Blackhawks have proven the division’s most dominant team over the past decade, winning a trio of Stanley Cups between 2009-15, the Nashville Predators also reached the Cup final in 2016-17 and the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues are right on the cusp of taking that next step.

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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 128 82 49 16 325 222
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 107 82 38 24 259 215
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 104 82 39 26 278 249
4 New York Islanders New York Islanders 103 82 37 27 228 196
5 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 100 82 40 28 286 251
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 37 26 273 241
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 99 82 39 29 245 223
8 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 98 82 37 31 258 232
9 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 96 82 37 30 249 236
10 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 86 82 26 32 267 280
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 82 82 28 37 244 281
12 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 78 82 23 36 227 272
13 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 76 82 21 39 226 271
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 74 82 20 40 227 277
15 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 72 82 24 41 222 275
16 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 64 82 23 47 242 302
Regular Western Conference
1 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 107 82 45 25 289 227
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 101 82 38 27 289 261
3 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 100 82 38 29 240 214
4 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 99 82 38 30 272 244
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 36 28 247 223
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 93 82 36 32 210 202
7 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 93 82 36 32 249 230
8 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 90 82 33 30 260 246
9 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 86 82 30 35 213 223
10 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 84 82 24 34 270 292
11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 83 82 33 36 211 237
12 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 81 82 22 36 225 254
13 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 78 81 26 37 194 249
14 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 79 82 24 38 232 274
15 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 71 82 22 41 202 263
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 107 82 45 25 289 227
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 101 82 38 27 289 261
3 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 93 82 36 32 249 230
4 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 86 82 30 35 213 223
5 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 81 82 22 36 225 254
6 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 78 81 26 37 194 249
7 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 79 82 24 38 232 274
8 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 71 82 22 41 202 263
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 100 82 38 29 240 214
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 99 82 38 30 272 244
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 36 28 247 223
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 93 82 36 32 210 202
5 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 90 82 33 30 260 246
6 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 84 82 24 34 270 292
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 83 82 33 36 211 237
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 104 82 39 26 278 249
2 New York Islanders New York Islanders 103 82 37 27 228 196
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 37 26 273 241
4 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 99 82 39 29 245 223
5 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 98 82 37 31 258 232
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 82 82 28 37 244 281
7 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 78 82 23 36 227 272
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 72 82 24 41 222 275
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 128 82 49 16 325 222
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 107 82 38 24 259 215
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 100 82 40 28 286 251
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 96 82 37 30 249 236
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 86 82 26 32 267 280
6 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 76 82 21 39 226 271
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 74 82 20 40 227 277
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 64 82 23 47 242 302

How To Win At Central Division Betting

A big year in the NHL’s Central Division is no guarantee of success. In 2014-15, the Minnesota Wild garnered 100 points and that was only good enough for a wildcard position in this deep division. But the good new for you is that with such depth of quality teams, the betting lines will be tight and picking the right team with your wager will prove to be quite fruitful. 

The Art Ross Trophy winner in 2015-16 was Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Art Ross Trophy winner in 2014-15 was Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. 

But there’s more than skill at work in the Central. The division houses some of the largest teams in the NHL in terms of height and weight, and that’s why Central Division games can often resemble barroom brawls as the teams fight for space on the ice. If they don’t beat you with their high-end skill, the teams of the NHL Central Division will wear down opponents via their physical play and their ability to take away time and space on the ice.