The dust has finally settled on what’s been a crazy offseason for the NHL, and the 2019-20 year around the horizon, sportsbooks are getting prepared for what’s shaping up to be yet another exciting year on the ice by releasing OVER/UNDER point levels for most 31 clubs in 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 greatest chances to post the maximum point totals. It’s well worth noting that the Bolts, Leafs and Bruins all live in the tough Atlantic Division — a chilling sight for fans 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) are??the likeliest teams to complete at the base of the standings. The Sens’ 64-point year in 2018-19 was the worst in the league, but Ottawa did not have its very own first-round pick due to a trade with Colorado for Matt Duchene in 2017.
A few teams that I love to go OVER their projected point totals would be the Chicago Blackhawks (90.5) and Florida Panthers (96.5) The largest reason why I enjoy the OVER in both situations is goaltending. Chicago’s 84-point year in 2018-19 was underwhelming, but overall manager Stan Bowman created a splash in free agency by signing netminder Robin Lehner.
With Lehner in the fold to help shoulder the load 34-year-old Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks are in a prime place to improve in their 36-34-12 document from one year ago. After all, Lehner had been a Vezina Trophy finalist thanks to a 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 commerce of James Reimer into 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.
With a franchise netminder in between the pipes, a crime that scored the ninth-most targets in 2018-19 (264) and among the greatest coaches in the NHL in Joel Quenneville in his very first year on the seat, I expect the Panthers to be a playoff team and then soar over their 96.5-point projection.
All likelihood courtesy of??BetOnline as of August 13

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