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1TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 27-14-4 | Projection: 107.6 Points
Win 66% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They win the championship in 21.6% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 8/1, 11.1%. They are projected to finish with 108 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 108.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 in the East. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 60% based on the money line odds. At 27-14-4 they are in line with these expectations.

2WASHINGTON CAPITALS 30-11-5 | Projection: 113.6 Points
Win 62% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Even with the juice, the Capitals are a good betting value. Their 12.4% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #2 in the league. Current Odds are 10/1, 9.1%. They are projected to finish with 114 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 97.5. Based on wins per simulation they are projected to have the best record in the East. After 46 games, their expected win percentage is 56% based on the money line odds. They are ahead of expectations with their 30-11-5 record.

3BOSTON BRUINS 27-8-11 | Projection: 113.2 Points
Win 64% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They win the championship in 12.2% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 8/1, 11.1%. They are projected to finish with 113 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 100.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 27.8-19.2. At 27-8-11 they are in line with these expectations.

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4ST. LOUIS BLUES 29-10-7 | Projection: 109.6 Points
Win 58% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They win the championship in 11.1% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 10/1, 9.1%. They are projected to finish with 110 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 96.5. Based on wins per simulation they are projected to have the best record in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 25.4-21.6. They are ahead of expectations with their 29-10-7 record. They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #6 in the league.

5NASHVILLE PREDATORS 21-16-7 | Projection: 95.3 Points
Win 57% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They win the championship in 6.6% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to finish with 95 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 97.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 24.5-19.5. They are coming up short of expectations at 21-16-7. They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #8 in the league.

6FLORIDA PANTHERS 24-16-5 | Projection: 101.9 Points
Win 61% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Even with the juice, the Panthers are a good betting value. Their 6% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #6 in the league. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to finish with 102 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 95.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 23.3-21.7. At 24-16-5 they are in line with these expectations. They are better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral field has them as the #4 team in the league.

7CAROLINA HURRICANES 27-16-2 | Projection: 102 Points
Win 58% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are a good bet to win the championship (5.3 percent chance). Current Odds are 20/1, 4.8%. They are projected to finish with 102 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 95.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the East. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 56% based on the money line odds. At 27-16-2 they are in line with these expectations.

8COLORADO AVALANCHE 25-15-5 | Projection: 102.1 Points
Win 55% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 5.2% chance is #8 in the league. Current Odds are 12/1, 7.7%. They are projected to finish with 102 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 97.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 23.4-21.6. At 25-15-5 they ahead of expectations. Their championship based ranking is better than their #10 ranking based on our neutral field simulations.

9TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 24-16-6 | Projection: 99.2 Points
Win 60% of Neutral Ice Simulations

If healthy on a neutral field they have a much better power ranking (#5 in the league). Their 5% chance is #9 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 12/1, 7.7%. They are projected to finish with 99 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 102.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the East. After 46 games, their expected win percentage is 57% based on the money line odds. At 24-16-6 they are short of expectations.

10PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 28-12-5 | Projection: 104.6 Points
Win 56% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their power ranking is worse than their record would indicate. Their 3.6% chance is #10 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 14/1, 6.7%. They are projected to finish with 105 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 97.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the East. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 54% based on the money line odds. They are ahead of expectations with their 28-12-5 record.

11VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 24-18-6 | Projection: 92.7 Points
Win 53% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Expect their record to get better based on their much stronger power ranking. They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 2.5% chance is #11 in the league. Current Odds are 7/1, 12.5%. They are projected to finish with 93 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 102.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 27.9-20.1. At 24-18-6 they are short of expectations.

12CALGARY FLAMES 25-17-5 | Projection: 91.8 Points
Win 50% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their 1.6% chance is #12 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to finish with 92 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 96.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the West. After 47 games, their expected win percentage is 52% based on the money line odds. At 25-17-5 they are in line with these expectations. Their championship based ranking is much better than their #16 ranking based on our neutral field simulations.

13ARIZONA COYOTES 25-18-5 | Projection: 93 Points
Win 49% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are much worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #18 in the league. Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 1.4% chance is #13 in the league. Current Odds are 16/1, 5.9%. They are projected to finish with 93 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 89.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the West. After 48 games, their expected win percentage is 50% based on the money line odds. At 25-18-5 they are in line with these expectations.

14WINNIPEG JETS 24-18-4 | Projection: 90.7 Points
Win 50% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 1.2% chance is #14 in the league. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to finish with 91 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 93.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 21.8-24.2. At 24-18-4 they are in line with these expectations. Their championship based ranking is better than their #17 ranking based on our neutral field simulations.

15VANCOUVER CANUCKS 25-17-4 | Projection: 93.9 Points
Win 48% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their 1.1% chance is #15 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 25/1, 3.8%. They are projected to finish with 94 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 88.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 22.5-23.5. At 25-17-4 they are in line with these expectations. Their championship based ranking is much better than their #21 ranking based on our neutral field simulations.

16CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 20-20-6 | Projection: 86 Points
Win 54% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are much better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral field has them as the #11 team in the league. They win the championship in 0.8% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 200/1, 0.5%. They are projected to finish with 86 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 89.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 20.6-25.4. At 20-20-6 they are in line with these expectations.

17EDMONTON OILERS 24-18-5 | Projection: 90.4 Points
Win 47% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 0.5% chance is #17 in the league. Current Odds are 40/1, 2.4%. They are projected to finish with 90 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 85.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the West. After 47 games, their expected win percentage is 48% based on the money line odds. At 24-18-5 they are in line with these expectations. Their championship based ranking is much better than their #22 ranking based on our neutral field simulations.

18DALLAS STARS 26-15-4 | Projection: 94 Points
Win 46% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their power ranking is much worse than their record would indicate. They are much worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #24 in the league. Their 0.5% chance is #18 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 14/1, 6.7%. They are projected to finish with 94 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 97.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 23.9-21.1. At 26-15-4 they ahead of expectations.

19PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 23-16-6 | Projection: 93.5 Points
Win 53% of Neutral Ice Simulations

If healthy on a neutral field they have a much better power ranking (#13 in the league). Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 0.5% chance is #19 in the league. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to finish with 94 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 90.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the East. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 49% based on the money line odds. At 23-16-6 they are in line with these expectations.

20NEW YORK ISLANDERS 27-12-4 | Projection: 101.3 Points
Win 48% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their 0.5% chance is #20 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 25/1, 3.8%. They are projected to finish with 101 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 91.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 22.6-21.4. They are ahead of expectations with their 27-12-4 record. Their power ranking is much worse than their record would indicate.

21SAN JOSE SHARKS 21-22-4 | Projection: 84.1 Points
Win 49% of Neutral Ice Simulations

Their 0.2% chance is #21 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to finish with 84 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 94.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #12 in the West. After 47 games, their expected win percentage is 49% based on the money line odds. At 21-22-4 they are short of expectations. If healthy on a neutral field they have a better power ranking (#19 in the league).

22NEW YORK RANGERS 21-19-4 | Projection: 88.8 Points
Win 50% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are much better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral field has them as the #15 team in the league. They do not have any real chance to win the championship. Current Odds are 200/1, 0.5%. They are projected to finish with 89 points and live up to their pre-season futures line of 88.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the East. After 44 games, their expected win percentage is 43% based on the money line odds. They are ahead of expectations with their 21-19-4 record.

23COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 22-16-8 | Projection: 89.3 Points
Win 47% of Neutral Ice Simulations

While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the championship is under 0.1 percent. Current Odds are 80/1, 1.2%. They are projected to finish with 89 points and go over their pre-season futures line of 84.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the East. After 46 games, their expected win percentage is 46% based on the money line odds. At 22-16-8 they are in line with these expectations.

24MONTREAL CANADIENS 19-20-7 | Projection: 84.8 Points
Win 52% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They do not have any real chance to win the championship. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to finish with 85 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 89.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #12 in the East. After 46 games, their expected win percentage is 51% based on the money line odds. At 19-20-7 they are short of expectations. If healthy on a neutral field they have a much better power ranking (#14 in the league).

25MINNESOTA WILD 20-19-6 | Projection: 81.5 Points
Win 41% of Neutral Ice Simulations

While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the championship is under 0.1 percent. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to finish with 82 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 87.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #13 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 21.3-23.7. They are coming up short of expectations at 20-19-6.

26BUFFALO SABRES 20-19-7 | Projection: 83.4 Points
Win 45% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 83 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 84.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #13 in the East. Their playoff chances stand at 2% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 20.6-25.4. At 20-19-7 they are in line with these expectations.

27ANAHEIM DUCKS 17-23-5 | Projection: 71.5 Points
Win 36% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 72 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 82.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the West. Their playoff chances are under 1%. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 46% based on the money line odds. At 17-23-5 they are short of expectations.

28NEW JERSEY DEVILS 17-21-7 | Projection: 72.7 Points
Win 36% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 73 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 90.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 19.8-25.2. At 17-21-7 they are in line with these expectations.

29LOS ANGELES KINGS 18-25-4 | Projection: 69 Points
Win 35% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 69 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 74.5. In simulations they finish last in the West based on projected wins. In simulations, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. They were a +425 'underdog' to make the playoffs in the preseason. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 20.2-26.8. At 18-25-4 they are in line with these expectations.

30OTTAWA SENATORS 16-22-7 | Projection: 70.4 Points
Win 36% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 70 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 70.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #15 in the East. Even at this early point in the season the simulations have already eliminated them from playoff contention. They were a +1500 'underdog' to make the playoffs in the preseason. After 45 games, their expected win percentage is 39% based on the money line odds. At 16-22-7 they are in line with these expectations.

31DETROIT RED WINGS 12-31-3 | Projection: 51.7 Points
Win 30% of Neutral Ice Simulations

They are projected to finish with 52 points and come in under their pre-season futures line of 76.5. In simulations they finish last in the East based on projected wins. In simulations, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. They were a +650 'underdog' to make the playoffs in the preseason. After 46 games, their expected win percentage is 37% based on the money line odds. At 12-31-3 they are short of expectations.