Competitive hockey is almost back. Training camps for all eight of the World Cup of Hockey participants open Sept. 5. Soon after that, the pre-tournament exhibitions all of which will be available via television or live stream will be played in rinks around the world. And Heritagesports is your place for hockey future betting.
The “Odds to Win” wager is also commonly referred to as a future wager. Bettors must correctly select a team to win an event that takes place a later time. The money wagered will be tied up until there is an outcome and bettors will receive fixed odds when they place the wager. The future odds are normally updated on a weekly basis and wagers can be placed throughout the season.
To figure out your Win Amount, take the odds and multiply by the amount wagered. Let’s use the NHL for an example: Pittsburg Penguins (10/1) to win the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins are listed as a 10/1 betting choice to win the Stanley Cup Finals. If you wager $100 on Pittsburg to win the Stanley Cup Finals and it captures the championship, then you would win $1,000 (10 ÷ 1 x 100). You would collect $1,100, which includes your win and stake ($100).
Now, as we get closer to the World Cup of Hockey, teams are ready and so are sportsbooks, conference futures have been released by most of them. These lines are sure to change after a superstar like Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos goes down with an injury in the World Cup that puts their season in jeopardy.
The defending Cup champs lead the Eastern Conference at an average of +400 but are closely followed by Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at +500 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at +650.
Many are picking the Lightning to win the conference after they managed to resign the majority of their core. They do offer some value with the third-best odds on the list but be wary, the stars in Tampa (Stamkos and Bishop) have had a tough time staying healthy the past couple of years.
The Bruins at +1200. They have done little to improve a mediocre 2015-16 roster and aren’t likely to get past the first round of the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, the consummate favorite Blackhawks once again lead the preseason futures odds at +450 with many teams all logjammed behind them. The Stars, Kings, Ducks, Predators, Sharks and Blues have been slotted between +600 and +750 and should all be competitive with the Hawks.
On the other side Nashville offers great value at +750 after having objectively the best offseason in the NHL. GM David Poile has been a wizard so far, signing Filip Forsberg to an extremely team-friendly contract, trading for P.K. Subban and acquiring Ryan Johansen before the trade deadline.
It doesn’t appear any teams past +750 will have a chance to compete for the Campbell trophy but the Colorado Avalanche could make some noise if they make the playoffs. Their talented group of forwards has been constantly developing and this year could be a coming of age type year for them. Make your predictions now and take part in hockey future bets.