With the regular season just more than two months away, sportsbooks have released OVER/UNDER point totals for all 31 NHL teams that include some familiar suspects at the top.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (108.5 points), Toronto Maple Leafs (101.1), Boston Bruins (100.5), Vegas Golden Knights (100.5) and Colorado Avalanche (98.5) have been tabbed as having the best chance to produce the top records in the NHL at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Nashville Predators (97.5) are also high on the board, with five teams having a line of 96.5 – the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.
Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto, along with Florida, who signed star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in free agency, all reside in the Atlantic Division. But it is possible that all four could hit the OVER, since (a) Tampa Bay has some cushion for a regression after piling up 128 points in 2018-19 and (b) three teams among the five lowest in OVER/UNDER point totals also reside in the Atlantic.
Boston, of course, will have had by far the shorter recovery period of the four after reaching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
Out in the Western Conference, Vegas has a largely unchanged roster from the team that has averaged 101 points in the franchise’s first two seasons. Colorado could also hit the OVER on those NHL betting lines as young stars Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen continue blossoming.
The New Jersey Devils have the biggest positive difference between their 2018-19 showing (72 points) and their OVER/UNDER (88.5). The notion there is that the Devils will bounce back with both a healthy season from left wing Taylor Hall, who had a knee injury last season, and the addition of first overall pick Jack Hughes and veteran defenseman P.K. Subban.
Conversely, the Columbus Blue Jackets (98 points to an OVER/UNDER of 84.5) have the most pessimistic prop in terms based on year-over-year drop, thanks to the departures of Bobrovsky, center Matt Duchene (Nashville) and left wing Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers).
The Ottawa Senators (68.5), Los Angeles Kings (73.5), Detroit Red Wings (75.5), Anaheim Ducks (79.5) and Buffalo Sabres (83.5) have the most modest point projections. Ottawa is the only team that finished with fewer than 70 points in each of the last two seasons and not much has changed that would suggest a breakout from the Senators.
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