not totally unexpected, with Arizona and Vancouver in complete rebuild mode. However, when we looked at the preseason NHL odds for futures to win this division, Edmonton and Anaheim were the two top choices by oddsmakers. Currently, both these team’s are floundering, to put it mildly.
Conversely, nobody gave Los Angeles a chance to win division and Vegas, they are an expansion team, so what could they possibly do? So what in the world do we do with this division when it comes to making NHL picks? Great question!
It was a given the Kings would have an excellent defense like they have for years, which helped them win a pair of Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. What had caused the slippage is the offense, as those big teams Los Angeles had, could just wear down the opposition. However, the game changed and the Kings were left behind in the free-flowing speed game that is now in vogue.