Europe’s most prominent sport’s rivalry resumes on Wednesday, December 18, when Barcelona hosts Real Madrid. The two clubs are tied at 72 wins apiece against each other in La Liga, making this match important for bragging rights across the two fan bases. The home team, Barcelona, opens as the favourite over Real Madrid as the two clubs look to break a tie for the top spot in the La Liga standings.
Canadian Teams Betting Odds for the 2019-20 NHL Season
As American Thanksgiving approaches, now is an excellent time to check in on each Canadian NHL team and their NHL betting odds going forward. The first quarter of the NHL season includes some overachievers and disappointments, but with plenty of NHL regular left to play, there is still time for teams to change and their NHL betting odds to change alongside.
Candian NHL Betting Odds
Before going into a more in-depth analysis of each Canadian team and their NHL betting odds, here are some quick facts to know about each franchise.
NHL Canadian Team Facts
- Maple Leafs fired a head coach midseason for the third time since 2012
- Oilers fighting for first Division title since 1992
- Jets averaging their lowest goals per game average since 2015-16
- Flames allowing 0.35 more goals per game than last year
- Senators on pace to win eight more wins in 2019-20
- Canadiens scoring at their highest rate since 1993-94 season
After winning the Pacific Division in 2019, the hope for the Calgary Flames was high this season. However, a quarter through the 2019-20 NHL season, the Flames are more of an ember, and odds of the Calgary Flames to win Stanley Cup are extinguishing.
The Flames need to make a move to get back into playoff contention. Through 26 games, they have the worst points percentage of any team in the Western Conference. The goaltending is once again causing the Flames concerns, as the offence stalls on too many nights to make up for it. Overall, taper expectations on the Flames going down the stretch.
- Pacific Division Odds +850
- Western Conference Odds +1600
- Stanley Cup Odds +2500
At the start of the season, the odds of Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs were amongst the worst of any team in the Western Conference. In the last few years, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have had little help, and the goaltending has been a wet mop.
However, this year is different. While McDavid and Draisaitl have played out of this world, with each averaging close to two points per game, they are getting help on some other lines. James Neal, the Oilers’ big offseason acquisition, is on pace to score 44 goals, while goaltender Mikko Koskinen is fringing in the Vezina Trophy with a 2.45 GAA and 9.20 save percentage in 14 games.
As long as McDavid and Draisaitl stay healthy and they get some contributions from Neal or Zack Kassian, the Oilers will make the playoffs again in 2020 and could win the Pacific Division.
- Pacific Division Odds +275
- Western Conference Odds +700
- Stanley Cup Odds +1600
After years of relying on Carey Price to carry their team, the Montreal Canadiens have finally found some offence. The Canadiens are scoring at their best rate in decades, and only for the fourth time since the 2005 lockout are averaging over 3.00 goals per game, which is helping the Montreal Canadiens odds to make the playoffs.
The offensive is helping the Montreal Canadiens odds of making the playoffs. Carey Price has yet to hit his stride in 2019-20. He is playing at a reasonable level, but still below all but one of his previous six seasons.
If the offence keeps it up and Carey Price gets hot for a stretch (even if it is just a dozen games), then the Canadiens could finish the 2019-20 NHL regular season as the top Canadian team in the Eastern Conference.
- Atlantic Division +650
- Eastern Conference +1500
- Stanley Cup Odds +2800
Expectations at the start of the season were for the Ottawa Senators to finish as the worst team in the NHL. Just over a quarter of the way through the season, the Senators are better than preseason expectations.
While making the playoffs is still an uphill climb for the club, there are enough promising signs on the team that should keep fans interested throughout the season. Three of the Senators’ top five scorers are 24 or younger this season, and goaltender Anders Nilsson is ready to take over full time starting duties from Anders Nilsson.
While the Senators are still a long shot at winning the 2020 Stanley Cup, the future is promising in the Nation’s Capital.
- Atlantic Division Odds +25000
- Eastern Conference Odds +8000
- Stanley Cup Odds +20000
Toronto Maple Leafs
After a disastrous start, which ended with six consecutive losses, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the most significant move this NHL season, relieving head coach Mike Babcock – who was in the midst of an eight-year deal.
The move seemed necessary to help the team deal with chemistry issues, and the early results are promising. The Leafs won their first two games under their new head coach, outscoring their opponents eight to four. The two wins help the team move back into the Wild Card race and helps the Toronto Maple Leafs odds of winning the Atlantic Division and Stanley rebound after their sluggish start to the season.
It is still early with the new coach, but due to his previous relationship coaching players on the team in the AHL, bettors and fans should feel confident betting on the team over the remainder of the season.
- Atlantic Division Odds +600
- Eastern Conference Odds +700
- Stanley Cup Odds +1200
With last year’s rookie of the year winner Elias Petterson leading the charge, the Vancouver Canucks are a trendy pick to make the playoffs this season. Through 24 games this year, they are living up to those expectations.
The Canucks have the fourth-best offence in the Western Conference this season, averaging 3.25 goals per game. While Petterson, along with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, was expected to be good, the big surprise is the defence.
The Canucks have allowed the fewest goals this season of all seven Canadian teams. Above-average penalty kill and a top-five power play have betting odds on Canucks attractive every night.
- Pacific Division Odds +550
- Western Conference Odds +1200
- Stanley Cup Odds +2500
The Winnipeg Jets may be the hardest Canadian in the NHL to gauge. They have as much talent and depth as any of their counterparts but seemingly go through the most problems and inconsistencies. The saga surrounding Dustin Byfuglien and Patrik Laine’s well-documented goal-scoring issues continue to plague Winnipeg Jets betting odds.
Even with the struggles, the Jets Canada’s most successful team over the last few years and with the fourth-youngest roster in the NHL, they have time to fix their problems. Overall, the Jets remain Canada’s best hope to bring home the Cup.
- Central Division Odds +500
- Western Conference Odds +1000
- Stanley Cup Odds +2000
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