The Pacific Division is one of the weakest divisions in the NHL this season. There are three good teams in this division: the Vegas Golden Knights, the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames. Outside these three though, are young teams or struggling squads that don’t appear to be a threat to top the division.
The Knights are the favorites to win the 2019-20 NHL Pacific Division this coming season. Vegas surprised in their rookie year by going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They made the playoffs again the last time out but were victims of a controversial call that saw them get eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are expected to provide the Knights their biggest test to date while the Calgary Flames are the third wheel in the conversation.
Here are the odds to win the 2019-20 NHL Pacific Division. These odds were taken from MyBookie.ag as of 9/29/19:
|Vegas Golden Knights||-110|
|San Jose Sharks||+420|
|Los Angeles Kings||+6600|
Who Are The Favorites?
The Vegas Golden Knights took the NHL by storm in their maiden season, going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the Washington Capitals. In their second year, they overcame a sluggish start to make the playoffs where they were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks via a controversial call. This year, the Knights are the favorites to win the Pacific Division because of their returning offensive players led by Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, and Mark Stone. With Marc Andre-Fleury defending the net, the Knight is solid NHL betting favorites here.
The San Jose Sharks had a good 2018-19 season and they were eliminated in the playoffs by the team which went on to win the Stanley Cup title. The Sharks have plenty of talent and have a great mixture of grizzled veterans and up-and-coming stars. They also have two very good goaltenders in Aaron Dell and Martin Jones. On the blueline is Erik Karlsson who is one of the favorites to win the Norris Trophy. Brendon Dillon is an underrated player who can make a difference this season.
The Calgary Flames finished with the second-best record in the NHL last season at 50-25-7 and 107 points. However, they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the opening round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs. Calgary has the reigning Norris Trophy winner in Mark Giordano and they have an offense that can match any team in the league. Their weakness though comes in the net where their tandem of David Rittich and Cam Talbot looks shaky. Goaltending was an issue for the Flames last season and it is likely going to be the same this year.
As for the rest of the teams, Edmonton has Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl but the pair doesn’t have the supporting cast to dominate this division. Vancouver and Arizona have good pieces but they are going to take a couple of years before being considered as threats. As for Anaheim and the Los Angeles Kings, they are nowhere near the form that made them champions in the past.
Edmonton has Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They may sneak in to get a wild card spot but maybe not the division title. Arizona’s front line should be better with Phil Kessel but again, I don’t think the Coyotes can win the division this year.
The Calgary Flames exceeded expectations and won this division last year while Vegas has the depth to score goals and has consistency in the net with Marc Andre-Fleury. But the San Jose Sharks have the better team and they should finish on top of the Pacific this season. Even after losing Joe Pavelski, the Sharks are still in good shape to win the Pacific. The combination of Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson is one of the best in the league and is too good in this division. The Sharks had a great season last year and were eliminated by the eventual champions St. Louis Blues. I think the top 100 points easily this year and win the Pacific Division. Prediction: San Jose Sharks