As the NHL offseason digs into the summer months, we’re here to make some early predictions on what to expect from the betting market regarding the Pacific Division.
With several high-caliber teams fighting for a shot at the Stanley Cup, NHL fans and bettors are champing at the bit for the first face-off of the 2023-24 season.
Let’s review the current Pacific Division winner odds and make some offseason predictions.
Pacific Division Winner Odds 2023-24
NHL odds used for these best bets are from Thursday, Aug. 3, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Edmonton Oilers (+195)
- Vegas Golden Knights (+240)
- Los Angeles Kings (+400)
- Calgary Flames (+800)
- Seattle Kraken (+900)
- Vancouver Canucks (+1400)
- San Jose Sharks (+20000)
- Anaheim Ducks (+20000)
The Oilers occupy the top spot in the NHL odds over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights. The likely reason for Vegas’ odds is their cap space and the difficult task of repeating as NHL champions.
The odds are tight between the top five teams in the Pacific Division and suggest we’re in for an exciting season out West.
Pacific Division Winner Best Bet
Vegas Golden Knights (+240)
There is no better choice for an early Pacific Division winner than the team that just took home the Stanley Cup.
- Can Vegas repeat? Check out our 2024 Stanley Cup odds.
The Golden Knights finished first in the division last season and fifth in the NHL with 111 points. They cruised through the playoffs with a 16-6 record and trailed just once in four series.
The team will look very similar in 2024, and there is no reason to fade them in favor of Edmonton.
Pacific Division Winner Sleeper Pick
LA Kings (+400)
The Kings may be the third favorite to win the Pacific Division, but they deserve better odds based on their current roster.
LA may have the best three centers in the NHL on one team with Phillip Danault, Anže Kopitar, and offseason acquisition Pierre-Luc Dubois.
- See where the Kings rank in our NHL Western Conference betting odds.
The only genuine concern the Kings need to address is their goaltending, but the offense and the blue-line group will be enough to keep them in contention.