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Islanders Given Better Odds Than Surging Capitals to Win NHL’s Metro Division

New York Islanders home game at Barclays Center.
Fans have had plenty to cheer about at Barclays Center this season. Photo by Hendrik Seis (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License].
  • The Metro Division is still a four-team race, according to oddsmakers.  
  • The Islanders and Capitals are neck and neck, while the Blue Jackets and Penguins are within striking distance.
  • Should the red-hot Hurricanes be written off?

Aside from their crowd’s surly reception for John Tavares, the biggest story out of Brooklyn this year has been the rise of the Isles. The team that was given horrifying Stanley Cup odds (+8800) at the start of the year is now at the top of the table.

Odds to Win the 2019 NHL Metropolitan Division

Team Games Played Points Odds to Win the Metropolitan Division at Bovada
New York Islanders 65 81 +155
Washington Capitals 66 83 +190
Columbus Blue Jackets 65 77 +410
Pittsburgh Penguins 65 75 +450
Carolina Hurricanes 65 78 +750
Philadelphia Flyers 66 72 +10000
New York Rangers 65 65 +20000
New Jersey Devils 66 58 +50000

The metro division is one of the few where the odds really don’t represent the actual standings. The Islanders have been the hottest team at most points throughout the season, let alone the new year, but have been slipping as of late.

Your metro division best bet

It’d still be hard to argue that the Islanders are not the top pick out of the stack. With that said, though, the Washington Capitals just ripped off four consecutive wins, while the Carolina Hurricanes have done them one better with five straight. Not to mention, every Canes win comes with one of these…

So, while they may not be the ideal bet for most, betting on the Canes to win has been pretty enjoyable this season. New York’s impressive 2019 has not been forgotten though and this is why they still lead the way despite their recent stumbles.

What happened to Pittsburgh?

We haven’t seen this too often throughout the last decade or so, but the Pens have been falling from grace. Initially, we were able to blame it on injuries as Matt Murray just couldn’t stay healthy. Now, though, the Pens have pretty much run out of excuses.

They had a nice start to 2019 entering the year with an eight game win streak, but could only muster a 6-5-2 record through the month of February. With a virtually assured wild cart spot in-hand, the Pens can pretty much raise the white flag on the div at this point.

Best Metropolitan value bets

As mentioned, money on Carolina comes with a Storm Surge celebration when they win at home and that’s hard to beat. Obviously, there’s more to them than just that. The Canes are 8-2-0 through their last ten and are still paying nicely at +750. They’re also only five points back of first place Washington with a game in-hand.

The Canes are 8-2-0 in their last ten and are still paying nicely at +750.

Outside of Raleigh, NC, the money won’t be great with the Caps, but they’re still paying better than the NYI. The Capitals have been finding their groove in 2019 and have also received some decent production from their new faces in Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen. Through their small handful of games, they’ve combined for one goal and 18-shots. The team also hasn’t lost with them donning the DC red.

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