The puck officially drops to signal the start of the 2013-2014 NHL Regular Season on October 1 and according to oddsmakers, the Boston Bruins will remain one of the league’s best. At least, that’s the mindset of online sportsbook, Bovada.lv, located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada.
In professional sports, especially in the NHL, parity is a major factor that suffocates the chances of franchises repeating as champions in back-to-back seasons and the same could be said about runner-ups. However, last season should be viewed as an outlier due to its shortened nature, and by dissecting Bovada’s NHL futures, it’s transparent oddsmakers agree.
Bruins Regular Season Points Total O/U: Odds to Win the Atlantic Division:
Odds to Win the Eastern Conference Finals: Odds to Win the Stanley Cup:
Will this be the year Tuukka Rask captures his first Vezina Trophy?
Sure, Zdeno Chara is deserving of Norris Trophy candidacy every year, but he’s not the odds-on favorite he once used to be.
This offseason Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, essentially swapped perennial superstar, Tyler Seguin, for elite, two-way forward, Loui Eriksson, of the Dallas Stars. According to Bovada, the total set on Eriksson’s point total is 62 1/2, which would mark his lowest totals over the last four seasons, minus the lockout year. Speaking of low point totals, Bruins prized free agent acquisition, Jarome Iginla has his total set at 64 1/2. The last time Iginla produced less than 65 points in a season was 1999-2000, where he registered 63 points in 77 games played. Meanwhile, former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr have their point totals set at 67 1/2 and 53 1/2, respectively.
The lines set on future expectancies of teams by sportsbooks is anything but guaranteed, just take a look at Bovada’s Stanley Cup odds heading into last season(Captured: January 15, 2013).