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 Ottawa Senators.
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 Ottawa Senators 2021 season.
Ottawa Senators 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 Senators and their players. All odds are via popular United States sportsbooks.
Championship winner: The Senators have the second lowest odds in the NHL to win the Stanley Cup at +20000, ahead of only the Detroit Red Wings at +25000. The Colorado Avalanche are the betting favorites at +700 to win it all.
Division winner: To win the all-Canadian North division, Ottawa has significantly the worst odds at +5000. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorites at +125.
To make the playoffs: As you can see from the first two futures, oddsmakers aren’t too optimistic about the Senators’ chances this season, and they don’t expect them to be a part of the postseason. Ottawa is getting +650 odds for “yes” to win the division with “no” at -1250. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the highest chance at making the postseason with -1000 odds for “yes.”
Regular season points: The over/under for the number of regular season points this year for the Senators is set at 47.5 with -112 odds on each side. The highest regular season total is 77.5 for the Avalanche.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Thomas Chabot is getting the 57th best odds at +12500 in the NHL to win the award given to the player most valuable to his team, which is the highest of any Senators player. Connor McDavid remains the favorite at +450.
Vezina Trophy: Matt Smith is tied for 29th at +4000 odds to win the award given to the league’s best goaltender. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the favorite heading into the season at +650 to win the Vezina Trophy.
Adams Award: D.J. Smith is tied for 23rd place with odds set at +2200 to win the award given to the league’s best head coach. Jared Bednar is the favorite at +800.
While the NHL season will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Senators will wait two days later to get their campaign going. Ottawa will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs ta home on Friday, Jan. 15. The game will get started at 7 p.m. ET. Toronto will already have a game in as the Maple Leafs start on Wednesday for a home game against the Montreal Canadiens. Toronto has -140 moneyline odds to beat Montreal in the season opener.