NHL Central Betting Odds

The NHL’s Central Division is home to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets. The division is a popular one for Canadian hockey fans, as it contains a Canadian team in the Jets, as well as an American team that Canada often gets behind in the Blackhawks. When betting on the NHL, some try what’s called the zigzag theory. Basically, you bet on a team that just lost a game, thinking that they are due to bounce back. [+]

Not a bad theory, but you can do better. The theory doesn’t consider strong or weak teams that are about to go on a big streak. It’s fine when two evenly matched teams are playing each other. But it doesn’t factor in hot goaltenders, injuries, or a few other things that cause a team to lose games.

NHL Central Odds Today

We are your source for the sharpest betting lines in Canada, and your go-to page for NHL Central odds today.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Wednesday 04 October
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues 20:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames 22:00 Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Thursday 05 October
Nashville Predators 19:00 Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Buffalo Sabres
Colorado Avalanche 19:00 New York Rangers
Washington Capitals 19:30 Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild 19:30 Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks
Arizona Coyotes 22:00 Anaheim Ducks
Philadelphia Flyers 22:00 Los Angeles Kings
Friday 06 October
New York Islanders 19:00 Jackets
Florida Panthers 19:30 Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday 07 October
Colorado Avalanche 14:00 New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings 19:00 Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning 19:00 Florida Panthers
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 New York Islanders
Nashville Predators 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Washington Capitals
Minnesota Wild 19:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars 20:00 St. Louis Blues
Jackets 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers 22:00 Anaheim Ducks
Winnipeg Jets 22:00 Calgary Flames
Los Angeles Kings 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Sunday 08 October
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 New York Rangers

NHL Central Standings

Here are your NHL Central standings. See who’s on top and who’s making a move.

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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
15 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Western Conference
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
4 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
9 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
12 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
2 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
6 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
2 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
6 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237

Best NHL Central Division Betting Tips

It’s also important to remember that good defence and goaltending beats high powered offence in NHL hockey. Too many bettors look at goal scoring when betting. They forget a great defence can shut down a great offence any day of the week. So always start with the goaltending matchup when planning your action. 

Also, don’t buy into the home ice hype.  The numbers show that home ice advantage is really only a statistically big deal for the NHL’s best teams. Most teams only win a bit more than 50% of their home games. Betting on the away team is not as big of a risk as it would be in the NBA or NFL

Obviously, The NHL is a lower scoring game than the NFL or the NBA. So betting on the over/under of any given game is trickier than it would be with other sports. Like we said above, remember to always look at the goalie match-up first. And finally, the NHL’s bad teams are still pretty good. The best NHL teams may win about 70% of their games. Whereas the lower tier teams still win about 30% of their games. We have strong parity throughout the whole NHL, and betting lines will reflect that. So you may not see the payoff potential you would see elsewhere in other sports when the first place team meets the last place team.