NHL Odds: Bovada Pegs Nashville as Central Division Longshot

When will the Preds earn a banner to hang over the ice at Bridgestone Arena? - Frederick Breedon

Las Vegas doesn't seem to be too impressed with the Nashville Predators' work this summer, giving them only an 18-to-1 shot at capturing their first Central Division title in the upcoming 2013-2014 NHL season, ahead of only Colorado and Winnipeg.

Personally, I see this as pretty realistic, given the number of questions currently surrounding this team. After Chicago & St. Louis the question is probably moot anyway, as those teams are head & shoulders above the rest of the pack.

Here are the latest odds to win the various NHL divisions, courtesy of Bovada:

Central Division Pacific Division
Chicago Blackhawks 5/8 Los Angeles Kings 3/2
St. Louis Blues 13/4 Vancouver Canucks 3/1
Minnesota Wild 6/1 Anaheim Ducks 9/2
Dallas Stars 12/1 San Jose Sharks 19/4
Nashville Predators 18/1 Edmonton Oilers 7/1
Colorado Avalanche 20/1 Phoenix Coyotes 16/1
Winnipeg Jets 22/1 Calgary Flames 30/1
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Boston Bruins 11/5 Pittsburgh Penguins 4/5
Detroit Red Wings 7/2 Washington Capitals 13/2
Montreal Canadiens 9/2 New York Islanders 7/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 9/2 New York Rangers 7/1
Ottawa Senators 13/2 Philadelphia Flyers 10/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 15/2 Columbus Blue Jackets 14/1
Buffalo Sabres 30/1 Carolina Hurricanes 15/1
Florida Panthers 50/1 New Jersey Devils 18/1

What do you think about Bovada's appraisal? Does this have you cracking open the piggy bank to put down some money on the Preds?

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