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Nashville Predators Odds: Bovada Favors Chicago in the Central

Can the Nashville Predators win their first Central Division crown? Will Shea Weber or Pekka Rinne bring home a major NHL award? Let's see what Vegas has to say on the matter...

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Here are the preseason odds which relate to the Nashville Predators, as provided by Bovada Sportsbook:

Odds to Win the Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks 3/2

St. Louis Blues 9/4

Detroit Red Wings 3/1

Nashville Predators 11/2

Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1

My Reaction: Are you kidding me? I'm not a gambler, but the Preds seem to be undervalued significantly here.

Over/Under Points Totals

Chicago Blackhawks 57½

St. Louis Blues 57½

Detroit Red Wings 56½

Nashville Predators 53½

Columbus Blue Jackets 47½

Reaction: I'll take the Under on Columbus, please! By the way, the 53.5 mark for Nashville would translate to about 93 points in a typical NHL regular season, while they've averaged 101 over the last three.

Odds to Win the 2013 Norris Trophy

Erik Karlsson (OTT) 4/1

Zdeno Chara (BOS) 9/2

Shea Weber (NAS) 13/2

Kris Letang (PIT) 7/1

Ryan Suter (MIN) 10/1

Reaction: Suter winning would be a real groaner around these parts, that's for sure.

Odds to Win the 2013 Vezina Trophy

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 4/1

Jonathan Quick (LA) 5/1

Pekka Rinne (NAS) 7/1

Ryan Miller (BUF) 8/1

Jimmy Howard (DET) 9/1

Reaction: Our man Peks is in the hunt, right where he belongs. This can be a real wild card, however.

Odds the Nashville Predators Will Make the Playoffs

Yes -165 (20/33)

No +135 (37/20)

Reaction: Meh.

So what do you think? Is it time to head over to Bovada and bet the farm?

UPDATE: Per request, here's what the odds were to win the Central Division at the start of last season, for comparison's sake:

Odds to win the 2012 Central Division

Detroit Red Wings 10/11

Chicago Blackhawks 11/5

Nashville Predators 15/4

St Louis Blues 16/1

Columbus Blue Jackets 30/1