The dust has finally settled on what’s been a crazy offseason for the NHL, also also the 2019-20 year around the horizon, sportsbooks are getting prepared for what is shaping up to be yet another exciting year on the ice by releasing OVER/UNDER point totals for all 31 clubs at the upcoming 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) since the teams with the best opportunities to post the highest point totals. It’s worth noting that the Bolts, Leafs and Bruins all live in the tough Atlantic Division — a frightful sight for lovers that the squads play in the Atlantic.
On the reverse 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) will be the likeliest teams to complete at the base of the standings. The Sens’ 64-point season in 2018-19 was the worst in the group, but Ottawa did not possess its own first-round pick because of a trade with Colorado for Matt Duchene in 2017.
A couple of teams I love to go OVER their projected point totals would be the Chicago Blackhawks (90.5) and Florida Panthers (96.5) The biggest reason why I enjoy the OVER in both scenarios is goaltending. Chicago’s 84-point period in 2018-19 was underwhelming, but overall director Stan Bowman made a splash in free agency by signing netminder Robin Lehner.
With Lehner from the fold to help shoulder the load together 34-year-old Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks are in a prime place to improve on 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 one 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 trade of James Reimer to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Panthers will have a fresh look in net after signing star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to some seven-year, $70-million deal.
Having a franchise netminder between the pipes, a crime that scored the ninth-most goals in 2018-19 (264) and one of the best coaches in the NHL in Joel Quenneville in his very first year on the bench, I expect the Panthers to be a playoff team and soar over their 96.5-point projection.
All likelihood courtesy of??BetOnline at August 13