The NHL is close to returning for the 2021 season in what will be a sprint all the way to the finish in a shortened year. As we get closer to the start date of Wednesday, Jan 13, it should be a compelling regular season as each Canadian team is featured inside the same division. Leading up to Game 1, we will provide a betting preview for all seven Canadian teams in the NHL. Here, we will break down the odds of the Edmonton Oilers.
2021 NHL season format
This season’s schedule is being impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that suspended the NHL season for months. The 2019-20 season shut down operations in March and returned, crowning a Stanley Cup champion in late September. With the return to play in January, each team is scheduled to play a 56-game schedule with the the divisions split up into four groups. Teams will play only divisional games, and it was necessary to put all Canadian teams into the same division because of the border restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8, and the playoffs will include 16 teams playing four rounds of best-of-seven series with the Stanley Cup expected to be awarded in July.
With all that said, here’s a betting preview for the upcoming Edmonton Oilers 2021 season.
Edmonton Oilers Betting Preview
There are plenty of futures betting options for gamblers to take a look at for the NHL season but here, we’re just going to take a look at the odds as it pertains to the Oilers and their players. All odds are via popular United States sportsbooks.
Championship winner: Oddsmakers aren’t too optimistic in Edmonton’s chances at winning the Stanley Cup this summer. The Oilers are tied for ninth with the St. Louis Blues at +2000 odds to win the title. The Colorado Avalanche are the favorites, getting +700 odds.
Division winner: The Oilers are expected to contend in the seven-team, all-Canadian North Division this season. Edmonton is tied with the Montreal Canadiens for second place at +450 to win the division. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorites at +115 to win the North.
To make the playoffs: Oddsmakers suggest there is a good chance the Oilers will be a part of the 16-team playoffs with “yes” getting -225 odds, while missing the playoffs with “no” is getting odds of +170. The Tampa Bay Lightning were given the best odds to make the playoffs at -1000 odds.
Regular season points: One sportsbook is setting the regular season total points over/under at 66.5 with -112 odds on either side. The Avalanche have the highest total across the NHL at 79.5 total points.
Hart Memorial Trophy: The Oilers have two star players on their roster that are listed near the top of the favorites in the award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. Connor McDavid is listed as the betting favorite with +450 odds, while teammate Leon Draisaitl has the fourth best odds at +1000.
Vezina Trophy: While the Hart Memorial Trophy could wind up in the hands of an Oilers player, oddsmakers aren’t so optimistic about the award given to the league’s best goaltender. Mikko Koskinen has the 23rd best odds to win the Vezina Trophy with +2400 odds. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the favorite at +650.
Adams Award: For the award given to the league’s head coach, Edmonton’s Dave Tippett is tied for 13th best odds at +1300. Jared Bednar of the Avalanche is the favorite to win the Adams Award with +800 odds.
Game 1 Betting Odds
The NHL season will begin with five games on Jan. 13, and Edmonton will be a part of the first day of action. The Oilers will play the Vancouver Canucks at home starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Spread: Edmonton is coming in as 1.5-goal favorites with +250 odds with the Canucks getting -300 odds to cover the number as underdogs.
Moneyline: Edmonton is very slight favorites to win this game outright at -115 with Vancouver getting -105 odds.
Total: The over/under in this game is set at 5.5 with a slight edge toward the over. The over is getting -120 odds with the under at +100.