The 2021 NHL season has officially entered the homestretch. There are about 10 games remaining on most teams’ schedules, which means the time to make a move is now.
West Virginia sportsbooks provide plenty of ways for those in the Mountain State to take a side for every NHL matchup. Each option features several ways to bet both before and during games.
Since there aren’t many games left, teams only have a few opportunities to make up ground in the standings. The NHL playoffs begin on Tuesday, May 11.
There are a couple of great contests on the docket for early next week. NBCSN features two potential postseason previews, on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, the New York Islanders travel to Washington to battle the Caps. Washington currently sits in first place in the East Division; however, the Isles are just one point back.
Then, in the Western Conference, the Las Vegas Knights host Colorado in a matchup of two other first and second-place squads.
Let’s take a look at the NHL odds in WV and preview how both of these games might play out.
NHL odds at WV sportsbooks
Capitals vs. Islanders preview
The Isles and Caps share expectations of making a deep postseason run this spring. Both have very capable rosters and lots of guys who have been there before.
Washington has 64 points, and New York has 63, but there is still a lot of work to do. Pittsburgh also features 63 points at the moment, while Boston isn’t too far back at 60.
It appears this division won’t be decided until the final day of games.
The Islanders are a talented group, but they can’t figure things out on the road. They have an incredible 19-2-3 record at home but are just 10-11-2 on the road. This could turn out to hinder them in the playoffs.
The Capitals are much more balanced in their home and away splits. They actually have more wins on the road this season.
Through six meetings between these teams, the Caps took home four wins. Washington won the last game 1-0 in a shootout after losing the previous two.
Surprisingly, the scoring in these games is way down following a hot start. The last two were 1-0 shutouts, with each team earning a victory. Of course, there weren’t any actual goals in regulation in Washington’s last win.
This is shocking mostly because of the firepower on both teams and how many goals we saw in the first few games. Only one had fewer than five goals.
It will be interesting to see where WV online sportsbooks set the total for their next contest. Despite the lack of scoring in the last two games, there are more than enough playmakers on each team.
The Islanders’ Mathew Barzal leads his side with 38 points. He recorded four goals and four assists against the Caps this year.
Nicklas Backstrom paces Washington with 47 points overall. The 33-year-old has 10 points, including nine assists against the Isles.
DraftKings Sportsbook WV shows the Isles at -127 and the Caps at +105 for their next game, on Saturday. Bettors should expect to see similar but inverted odds when they switch venues Tuesday night.
Knights vs. Avalanche preview
Mountain State residents can also take aim at the great matchup out West on Thursday. If you haven’t stayed up to watch some Golden Knights or Avs games, then you’re missing out.
Both teams have Stanley Cup aspirations and, realistically, could make them come true.
DraftKings lists Colorado as the betting favorite, with odds of +375 to win it all. Vegas isn’t far behind, as it’s the third team on the board available at +750.
Part of the reason for their success is the players leading the way. Colorado’s Nathan Mackinnon and Vegas’ Mark Stone both rank in the top 10 in points this season.
They aren’t alone, though.
Mackinnon’s teammate Mikko Rantanen is right behind him with 52 points, and Gabriel Landeskog has a formidable 43.
Vegas showcases some depth as well. It has five skaters with at least 30 points, with Max Pacioretty in second at 46.
Both franchises are also quite capable of stopping the puck. Vegas ranks first in goals against average, with the Avalanche right behind in third. They both give up fewer than 2.33 goals per game.
This combination is making each team more dominant as they go. Vegas won its last eight, whereas Colorado is on a five-game winning streak. They both feature a 9-1 record in their last 10.
It’s very possible this is a conference finals preview, so the fans should enjoy it as much as possible.
Naturally, the season series between the two is knotted at three wins apiece. They’ll face off one additional time after next week.
Look for the Knights to be favored slightly at home. The hosts are 3-3 in these meetings, though, with the away team taking every other game.