The dust has finally settled on what has been a crazy offseason for the NHL, along also the 2019-20 season around the horizon, sportsbooks are getting prepared for what is shaping up to be another exciting season on the ice by releasing OVER/UNDER point totals for all 31 clubs at the approaching campaign.
BetOnline has tabbed the Tampa Bay Lightning (108.5), Toronto Maple Leafs (101.5), Boston Bruins (100.5), Vegas Golden Knights (100.5) and Colorado Avalanche (98.5) as the groups with the best chances to post the highest point totals. It’s well worth noting that the Bolts, Leafs and Bruins all reside in the demanding Atlantic Division — a scary sight for lovers that the squads play in the Atlantic.
On the flip side, the Ottawa Senators (68.5), Los Angeles Kings (73.5), Detroit Red Wings (75.5), Anaheim Ducks (79.5) and Buffalo Sabres (83.5) would be the likeliest teams to finish at the base of the standings. The Sens’ 64-point season in 2018-19 was the worst in the group, but Ottawa didn’t have its own first-round pick because of a trade with Colorado for Matt Duchene at 2017.
A few teams I love to go OVER their projected point totals would be the Chicago Blackhawks (90.5) and Florida Panthers (96.5) The greatest reason I like the OVER in both scenarios is goaltending. Chicago’s 84-point season in 2018-19 was underwhelming, but general director Stan Bowman created a splash in free agency by registering netminder Robin Lehner.
With Lehner from the fold to help shoulder the load together with 34-year-old Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks are in a prime spot to improve in their 36-34-12 album from a year ago. In the end, Lehner had been a Vezina Trophy finalist thanks to some 25-13-5 record,??2.13 goals-against typical and .930 save percentage in his lone season with the New York Islanders.
Florida boasted among the worst goaltending tandems in the league last year, but due to the retirement of Roberto Luongo and the transaction of James Reimer into the Carolina Hurricanes, the Panthers will have a fresh look in net after registering celebrity goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to some seven-year, $70-million thing.
Having a franchise netminder in between the pipes, an offense that overlooks the ninth-most goals in 2018-19 (264) and one of the best coaches in the NHL at Joel Quenneville in his very first year on the seat, I expect the Panthers for a playoff team and soar over their 96.5-point projection.
All odds courtesy of??BetOnline as of August 13

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