Odds are the Senators won’t win much this season

Sportsbooks have pegged the Senators as longshots in the race for the Northeast Division crown.

Odds are the Senators won’t win much this season
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


That isn’t me talking — blame the books. Sportsbooks have pegged the Senators as longshots in the race for the Northeast Division crown this season. While it isn’t surprising to see the Boston Bruins as the favourite given they, you know, won the Stanley Cup last season, are the Senators really all that much worse off than the Toronto Maple Leafs? Vegas thinks so. Here’s how odds-makers see the division shaking out.

1. Bruins — 5/4 (+125)
2. Sabres — 33/20 (+165)
3. Canadiens — 5/1 (+500)
4. Maple Leafs — 17/2 (+850)
5. Senators — 16/1 (+1600)

So that means a $10 bet on the Senators would pay $160, while the same amount on the Leafs would net just $85. Big difference. Is that fair? Maybe — the Leafs DID get nine more points in the standings and (sort of) finished above .500 at 37-34-11. The Senators also lost a game-changer in Alex Kovalev last season (kidding!).

All told, the Leafs probably are further ahead in their rebuild effort, though much of their success last season was the result of a surprisingly strong campaign from young James Reimer. If he falls off this season, so do the Buds.

As you might expect after such a disappointing season, the Sens are mega-longshots to win the Stanley Cup at 66/1. If you’re making that bet, then perhaps I can also interest you in these subprime mortgage bonds.

Here are the favourites:

1. Vancouver (13/2)
2. Washington (7/1)
3. Pittsburgh (7/1)
4. Philadelphia (7/1)
5. Los Angeles (10/1)
6. Boston (11/1)
7. Detroit (11/1)

Philly is probably a little overrated here, considering the nuke that went off in the middle of its roster this summer — nobody knows how that’s going to turn out. What would my value picks be? I like San Jose at 12/1 and the New York Rangers at a whopping 33/1. I feel like the Rangers could surprise a lot of people this season.

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