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Anaheim Ducks: 88.5… I have the Ducks finishing at 90, but that’s a little more optimistic than most think. If you like to play the percentages, I’d go with the UNDER.
Atlanta Thrashers: 83.5… Most pundits see the Thrashers as a bubble team in the East. If the line is around 90 to grab the eight seed in the conference, wouldn’t you take the OVER?
Boston Bruins: 100.5… As we speak, I’ve got 100 points for the B’s. Without knowing the amount of time Marc Savard will miss due to injury, I wouldn’t touch this total.
Buffalo Sabres: 91.5… This is one that seems quite low. Even though they could have a slight step back after winning the division, the OVER would be the way to go here.
Calgary Flames: 92.5… The majority of people don’t see the Flames as a playoff team, and the West cut off line could be in the 95 range. If the offense doesn’t click, I’d go with the UNDER.
Carolina Hurricanes: 86.5… I have the ‘Canes getting 92 points right now, but that could be a little optimistic. I honestly would not touch this one.
Chicago Blackhawks: 103.5… This is just about right for the ‘Hawks. I’m giving them 104 points, so I wouldn’t take the over or under here.
Colorado Avalanche: 89.5… Here is another good line from Vegas. I’ve got 87 for the Avs right now, but a lot of experts think they’re a playoff team again. Pass.
Columbus Blue Jackets: 79.5… This is a tricky one; you think the Jackets will be down again, but they do have a good enough offense to steal a few games. Still, I would go with the UNDER.
Dallas Stars: 88.5… The Stars are my pick as the most disappointing team of the year (possibly in the cellar of the West). Without question, UNDER.
Detroit Red Wings: 106.5… I really like Detroit’s chances to bounce back this year. Some think they’re the best in the West, which means you’d go with the OVER.
Edmonton Oilers: 76.5… Dustin Penner and company racked up 62 points in 2009/10, but they won’t be that bad this year. Improvement is expected, but I wouldn’t touch this as it could go either way.
Florida Panthers: 73.5… I believe the Panthers will be picking first overall next summer, and the last-place club usually doesn’t end up with 74 points or more. It’s close, but UNDER.
Los Angeles Kings: 100.5… This number was a bit of a surprise to me, especially since a lot of people are on the Kings bandwagon this year. If they win the division, their point total will be OVER 100.
Minnesota Wild: 85.5… I currently have the Wild finishing 12th with 81 points. However, that’s higher than a lot of people, so the smart play would be the UNDER.
Montreal Canadiens: 87.5… This would be one of the last of these totals that I would touch. The Habs are right on the border here, so I’ll pass.
Nashville Predators: 89.5… Really? 89.5? The majority feeling is that this is definitely a playoff team, and it will take at least 93 or 94 to qualify in the West. This is easy… OVER.
New Jersey Devils: 101.5… I don’t think the Devils win the division this season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t surpass this total. Play the percentages and go with the OVER.
New York Islanders: 78.5… A part of me thinks the Isles could surprise in 2010/11. But given their key injuries this early, I’d be really tempted to take the UNDER.
New York Rangers: 87.5… This one is also a toss-up. I’m not high on the Blueshirts, but some do expect a rebound season. Thanks but no thanks.
Ottawa Senators: 87.5… When I look at two other Eastern Conference teams with the same over/under (MTL and NYR), I think the Sens are better than both. OVER.
Philadelphia Flyers: 97.5… Vegas is right on the money here. The Flyers are a good team, but not great. I wouldn’t touch this line…
Phoenix Coyotes: 92.5… After a 107-point campaign, you would think the Coyotes would get more respect than this. They won’t repeat last year’s success, but I’d still go with the OVER.
Pittsburgh Penguins: 104.5… I’m giving the Pens 107 points right now, but they haven’t gone over 104 in the last three years. I wouldn’t bother picking here.
San Jose Sharks: 104.5… I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sharks struggle out of the gate with the new goalies and a trip to Europe. Play the percentages and go UNDER.
St. Louis Blues: 93.5… The Blues are the definition of a bubble team, and the cut line in the West could be in the 93-95 range. Pass.
Tampa Bay Lightning: 91.5… Stamkos and company are actually my breakout team this year and I see them easily going OVER that total.
Toronto Maple Leafs: 84.5… I’m tempted to go over as I have them finishing with 86 points. However, it’s too close to call with the potential of another letdown.
Vancouver Canucks: 106.5… The Canucks may contend for the Presidents’ Trophy, which means they’d likely finish with over 110 points. They may have trouble living up to such high expectations, but still go with the OVER.
Washington Capitals: 108.5… Bruce Boudreau’s Caps tallied 121 points last season, but could be in for a step back. That said, the OVER is quite tempting.
Also, in case you haven’t seen them, here are the current Stanley Cup odds:
Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
Washington Capitals 13/2
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Vancouver Canucks 8/1
Detroit Red Wings 11/1
Boston Bruins 14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 14/1
San Jose Sharks 14/1
New Jersey Devils 15/1
Los Angeles Kings 16/1
Montreal Canadiens 25/1
Buffalo Sabres 26/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 30/1
Anaheim Ducks 35/1
Calgary Flames 35/1
Ottawa Senators 35/1
St. Louis Blues 35/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
New York Rangers 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Dallas Stars 50/1
Nashville Predators 50/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 60/1
Carolina Hurricanes 65/1
Edmonton Oilers 75/1
Atlanta Thrashers 80/1
Florida Panthers 80/1
Minnesota Wild 80/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1
New York Islanders 100/1