The Presidents' Trophy is awarded annually by the National Hockey League to the team with the best record in the regular season.
Entering the season, the Carolina Hurricanes were +600 favorites to win the Presidents' Trophy.
With more movement expected, here is a glimpse of the current top six in the betting.
|VGS Golden Knights||+600|
This is not exactly newfound territory for this Bruins team. They had a historically good regular season which ultimately was a moot point after a crushing first round playoff elimination. Nonetheless, the Bruins continue to get the job done during the regular season. They are 12-1-2 and possess the best point percentage in the NHL.
So far, the Bruins have won both high-scoring games and low-scoring games. They can play any style their opponents want to and they somehow find a way to play that style even better. Led by David Pastrnak and his team-leading 11 goals and 24 points in 15 games played, this is a deep team that looks to be going nowhere anytime soon.
The Golden Knights have picked up right where they left off. After completely bullying their way through the Stanley Cup playoffs and ultimately hoisting the Cup, there was not much roster turnover at all. Sure enough, Vegas kept the status quo. The Golden Knights are 13-3-1 and their 27 points leads the NHL. It is the two games in hand that give Boston the lower odds.
Vegas scores the seventh most goals per game in the NHL and they allow the third least goals per game in the league. All four of their lines can play toe-to-toe with any other line in hockey and they do just about everything well. It would not be the least bit surprising if they find themselves atop the NHL standings at the end of the regular season.
There were expectations that the Rangers would still be a playoff team. But even their start has exceeded expectations. In a solid division and stacked conference, the Rangers are 11-2-1 with 23 points which leads the Metropolitan division and is tied for second in the Eastern Conference.
As they have for the last couple seasons, the Rangers have been successful mostly by way of goal prevention as opposed to goal scoring. New York allows the second least goals per game in the NHL and they have the league’s seventh best penalty kill. The Rangers have shown very little vulnerability. There is no reason to think they cannot collect the most points in the NHL by season’s end.
Despite a few hiccups this season, the Avalanche remain a complete force to be reckoned with. Any team that has Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and Mikko Rantanen among other great players will always have a good chance to collect some team hardware.
Aside from the Stars, the Central Division is not very deep. Colorado should be able to collect points against Central opponents more comfortably than several other teams that will contend for the President’s Trophy. The only thing that has slowed down Colorado over the last couple of seasons is injuries. If they can stay healthy throughout the regular season, this Avalanche team should be able to make upwards moves in the league standings.
While the Stars are not exactly a sexy team when looking at playoff and Stanley Cup contenders, they should be in the same conversation as teams like the Golden Knights, Avalanche, Rangers, and Bruins among others. Dallas has the third most points and second best point percentage in the Western Conference.
The Golden Knights and Panthers rightfully stole headlines all throughout last year’s playoffs. But the Stars somewhat quietly were two wins away from winning the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Final. This is a good roster with unfinished business. They will stay locked in this season and give the President’s Trophy a legitimate look.
The Pacific is arguably the toughest division in the NHL. Despite an awful start by the Oilers and potentially overachieving start by the Ducks, those teams will not be easy to play against. Otherwise, aside from the Sharks, the Pacific is going to be a gauntlet. In a difficult division and tough overall schedule so far, the Kings have been fantastic.
The Kings are 9-3-3 with a +15 goal differential. This is another team that just plays the right way and does just about everything well. They rank third in the NHL in goals scored per game and ninth in goals allowed per game. Even in games they do not win, the Kings make their opponents earn everything. Los Angeles is a tough team to play against and will wear teams down all season, potentially on their way to a President’s Trophy.
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