You’ve seen those commercials marketing how laid back and easy going Californians are. You might have noticed that there are no hockey players in these ads. The NHL Pacific Division features three teams from sunny California and when the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks arrive at game time, there’s nothing laid back or easy going about what these teams bring to the ice. Those three teams have won all but one Pacific Division title over the past decade and the Ducks (one) and Kings (two) have both brought home the Stanley Cup to the state over that time period.
Not that you should discount the other teams in the division. The Vancouver Canucks played for the Stanley Cup as recently as 2010 and the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes have been stockpiling young talent for the past few years and it shouldn’t be long until this a top to bottom competitive group. All in all, this deep division should make for good wagering options, both today and in the future.
Best NHL Pacific Division Sportsbook Odds
The NHL Pacific Division is comprised of a number of teams at different stages of their development and the wise bettor is aware of which team is at each of these stages.
Both the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are in a win now mode, and the Kings aren’t afraid to make bold moves in an effort to put them over the top. The Ducks are also rich in their own talent thanks to a strong development system, but they know that core players Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry aren’t getting any younger and need to take that final step to a title sooner rather than later.
For years on the cusp of winning it all but never able to put the pieces together to put them over the top, both the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks are in the midst of rebuilding around an aging core and it’s difficult to assess whether they are getting closer to being back in contention or if they are getting further away from the prize.
In the 1980s, the Edmonton Oilers were the scourge of the NHL, but small market Edmonton fell on hard times. They’ve taken advantage of their down time to reload with a number of elite young stars and the Oilers are definitley a team that should be trending upward. Likewise the Arizona Coyotes have jettisoned key veteran pieces, reloaded with younger skill players and look to be a team on the rise.
The most difficult team to get a read on in this group are the Calgary Flames. At times they show flashes of brilliance but they can’t seem to decide whether they are reloading or rebuilding, and from the outside, it gives off a confusing message.
What Are The Pacific Division Standings Today
These are the Pacific Division standings and they offer a wealth of information to anyone considering a wager on games involving teams from this division.
Follow them on a daily basis; make it a habit to know the ups and downs of each team. Recognize trends, such as which teams tend to carry the day at home and which teams find it difficult to take their show on the road. You will note that some teams are loaded with scoring talent, while others rely on playing airtight defense. Keep track of these elements and you will be on your way to successful wagering on the Pacific Division.
|Regular Eastern Conference|
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||108||82||39||24||249||195|
|5||New York Rangers||102||82||40||28||256||220|
|8||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|9||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|10||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|14||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
|16||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
|Regular Western Conference|
|5||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|6||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|10||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|Regular Western Conference Pacific|
|3||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|5||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|Regular Western Conference Central|
|3||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan|
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||108||82||39||24||249||195|
|4||New York Rangers||102||82||40||28||256||220|
|5||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|8||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
|Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|5||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|7||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
How To Make Money Betting On Pacific Division
The Pacific Division is the only of the NHL’s four divisions that does not contain a team that was part of the league prior to 1967 but don’t mistake that for believing there isnt plenty of tradition within its confines. The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL as part of the 1967 expansion and in the 1970s, with Marcel Dionne scoring and Rogie Vachon in goal, they were the best team nobody ever saw, playing in the West Coast time zone in the era before 24-hour sports stations. The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks entered the league in the 1990s and quickly become powerful franchises.
The Vancouver Canucks came aboard in the 1970 expansion and have played three times for the Stanley Cup. When the NHL merged with the WHA in 1979, two of the four teams absorbed into the league were the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. The Oilers built a powerhouse squad, winning five Stanley Cups from 1984-90. The Jets weren’t as successful and in 1996, the franchise was relocated to Phoenix, becoming the Coyotes. The Calgary Flames were also the product of relocation when the expansion Atlanta Flames moved north in 1980, winning the Stanley Cup in 1989.
So there’s a wealth of rich history in the Pacific Division, lots of interesting back stories and most importantly of all, with so many quality teams , plenty of solid wagering opportunities to pursue.