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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Monday 28 May
FT Washington Capitals 4 - 6 Knights +140 -149
Wednesday 30 May
FT Washington Capitals 3 - 2 Knights +126 -135
Saturday 02 June
FT Knights 1 - 3 Washington Capitals +116 -125

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 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 113 82 42 23 296 236
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 112 82 41 20 270 214
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 105 82 38 26 259 239
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 105 82 37 26 277 232
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 33 29 272 250
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 98 82 31 26 251 243
7 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 97 82 31 30 242 230
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 97 82 33 29 248 244
9 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 96 82 38 30 248 246
10 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 83 82 30 35 228 256
11 New York Islanders New York Islanders 80 82 25 37 264 296
12 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 77 82 24 39 231 268
13 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 73 82 22 39 217 255
14 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 71 82 24 40 209 264
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 67 82 18 43 221 291
16 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 62 82 19 45 199 280
Regular Western Conference
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 117 82 42 18 267 211
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 114 82 43 20 277 218
3 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 109 82 39 24 272 228
4 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 101 82 35 25 235 216
5 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 100 82 38 27 253 232
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 100 82 35 27 252 229
7 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 98 82 34 29 239 203
8 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 95 82 35 30 257 237
9 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 94 82 33 32 226 222
10 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 92 82 33 32 235 225
11 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 84 82 28 35 218 248
12 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 78 82 24 40 234 263
13 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 76 82 26 39 229 256
14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 73 82 25 40 218 264
15 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 41 208 256
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 109 82 39 24 272 228
2 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 101 82 35 25 235 216
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 100 82 35 27 252 229
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 98 82 34 29 239 203
5 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 84 82 28 35 218 248
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 78 82 24 40 234 263
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 73 82 25 40 218 264
8 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 41 208 256
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 117 82 42 18 267 211
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 114 82 43 20 277 218
3 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 100 82 38 27 253 232
4 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 95 82 35 30 257 237
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 94 82 33 32 226 222
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 92 82 33 32 235 225
7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 76 82 26 39 229 256
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 105 82 38 26 259 239
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 100 82 33 29 272 250
3 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 98 82 31 26 251 243
4 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 97 82 31 30 242 230
5 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 97 82 33 29 248 244
6 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 83 82 30 35 228 256
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 80 82 25 37 264 296
8 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 77 82 24 39 231 268
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 113 82 42 23 296 236
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 112 82 41 20 270 214
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 105 82 37 26 277 232
4 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 96 82 38 30 248 246
5 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 73 82 22 39 217 255
6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 71 82 24 40 209 264
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 67 82 18 43 221 291
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 62 82 19 45 199 280

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.