Blackhawks Long Odds to Win Central Division

The Blackhawks will be part of a new-look Central Division in 2021, and the gambling community is not high on their chances to win it.

Released Tuesday, Chicago has the second-worst odds of winning the division ahead of only Detroit.

Here are the odds, from BetOnline:

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning………. 3/2
  2. Carolina Hurricanes………… 7/2
  3. Dallas Stars………………………. 9/2
  4. Nashville Predators…………. 6/1
  5. Columbus Blue Jackets……. 15/2
  6. Florida Panthers……………… 8/1
  7. Chicago Blackhawks……. 10/1
  8. Detroit Red Wings…………. 25/1

32 thoughts on “Blackhawks Long Odds to Win Central Division

  • December 22, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Sounds reasonable on paper, now wait and see how it plays out on the ice.

  • December 22, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Give me $200 on Columbus

  • December 22, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I’m surprised those odds aren’t longer – closer to Detroit’s

    There is no way the Hawks will win the division – none

    …but they still might make the playoffs – I agree with CAR at #2 and TB at #1 but after that no other team is a shoo in IMO

  • December 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    What are the odds of top 5 skill draft player. That it what we need in order to be a top 5 team again.

  • December 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    If it plays out anything like it has the last four years the hawks are going to be near the bottom.

    Any non bias hockey fan will tell you the hawks are going to be terrible again this season

    10/1 odds for the hawks to win the division is laughable. More realistic would be at least 100/1

  • December 22, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Ian or Mo, with TB signing two more players that put them 6.1 mil over the cap. Thinking that either Kucherov or Stamkos going on IR. Must they be compliant before the season starts?

    Wouldn’t this be a time to trade for or offer sheet Cirelli.

  • December 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Is it still considered tanking if the players try to win every game? No, I don’t think so. So here’s to a successful tank-a-thon season. It’s only 56 games and Owen Power sure would look good anchoring the d-line for the next 10-15 years.

  • December 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Surprise, surprise!

  • December 22, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    19 and then 88
    77 and then Powers #

  • December 22, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    You have to have two studs just like 19 88 then Hoss comes. We get 77 and Power/similiar then the next Hoss in league will come as ufa.

    If you build it he will come.

  • December 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    JR sounds like Kucherov will put on ltir. They could put him on ltir on opening day but would have to be compliant to do that, so not likely the case. Soir or season opening ltir is done day before season starts and allows them to be over by his caphit 9.5m when roster filed and any room not used goes away, which they likely do. They still need sign Cirelli is the issue. If they wait to sesson opens that extra ltir cap space of around 4m goes away, if they sign him before then, off season cap is 10% over cap which would be 89.65m. Probaly not enough to sign him, Kucherov is expected to play again so career ending ltir doesn’t apply that would cover now. Unless they make other moves it looks like Cirelli would have to sign for about 4m the day before season opens after Kucherov placed on soir.

  • December 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    JR just looking there and could probably offer Cirelli berween 4 and 4.4m that way, by sliding someone through waivers, still have mi imum roster and add that space too, depending on who. 1.075m is most that that can be buried off a caphit.

  • December 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    JR i think they can use off season ltir if doctor says he will miss te required ltir time frames to start season, missed that. So Cirelli could be signed any time after they did that before season starts.

  • December 22, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    A bit of good news on the prospect front :

    Lukas Reichel was in the line-up for Eisbaren today. One more year in Germany and let’s sign this kid as soon as he is done with his season and get him over to North America.

    Also, Niklas Nordgren played for his team in Finland over the weekend for the first time all season. Let’s hope he remains healthy after being injury plagued since he was drafted.

  • December 22, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Reichel’s contract is up after this season Craig, so think there is a pretty good chance he signs an elc for next year. May need part of a year in Rfd. 1st but that’s all good.

  • December 23, 2020 at 7:27 am

    We need some of the those kind of prospects to be good players so be good if he is one of those.

    Mitch Kurachev Barratt I like a lot.

  • December 23, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Stape where they finish is secondary to how much heart and competitivsness they show. I want to see development and them come together defensively as team, allowing goalies a fair shot and not be hung out to dry all season. If that happens then the year is not a waste, anything beyind that is gravy.

  • December 23, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Ian – yep, exactly.

    I’m “on record” here in favor of tanking this season. I’ve already clarified that stance so I won’t belabor it again, but the point of it was that it happens (or not) naturally due to an inexperienced and sub par lineup. The objective stated is to lose enough to get a top draft pick, and while that is true – Ian touches on an equally important objective which is for the young (future core) players to learn how to play the right way. In fact I would say molding those players to be championship level team players is more important than getting a top-5 draft pick versus getting a pick in the 10-15 range. The real objective is to build a team of players who play at a championship level – both individually and in a team concept. Having a team of allstar players who don’t now how to play the right way gets you the Edmonton Oilers.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Ian/ER – agreed about competitiveness and committing to defense

    If I see those things progressing nicely I won’t be concerned if they miss the playoffs although if they should make the playoffs it’ll be because those above elements came together more quickly than expected

    Big year for JC as well – he’s got to show he’s learnt from last year – the Hawks have to hit the ground running unlike last year’s belly flop to start the season

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Gonna be a long short season.

    Supreme Being Bowman has now traded in every piece of that Ferrari he inherited, and through solid trades and superb draft picks, replaced it with a Hyundai.

    And the guy got a promotion because of it!

    Shit. I am in the wrong business.

    I could have imploded that team sooner and gotten a bigger promotion had I known that was the requirement.

    Guessing 2 and 7 will call it a career upon conclusion of season.

    Hope like hell they get to do it in the playoffs, where each was huge.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I’m still damn confused about this term “rebuild”. I’m also still damn confused about this mantra of “let the young guys play”. I’ve heard Stan use these as well as people on the board. Roster wise, it doesn’t make sense to me in reality.

    With the roster the way it is, including the players that Bowman picked up in the offseason, just how is this a rebuild? And with the roster the way it is, just who are the young guys that are going to play?

    Dach and Boqvist …. okay, they’re very young, but everyone knew they were going to play regardless. They’ve had a full season under their belt, so they’re not any change to what was had last year.

    Defense …… Bowman goes out and gets Zadarov and Lindholm. These guys aren’t necessarily teenagers right out of Juniors. Maybe kind of young but not guys who you consider have to get ample playing time to prove whether they are critical pieces of your Cup contending future juggernaut. Yeah, Koekkoek and Maata are gone, but you still have the first two I named plus Murphy, DeHaan, Keith and Seabrook. I’ve named several guys with time in the league without naming Ian Mitchell, Nicolas Beaudin or Lucas Carlsson. They guys who it would seem need to play (Mitchell, Beaudin and Carlsson, along with Boqvist) are going to have to get their minutes with a chunk of guys I named getting a lot of time in the press box. How is this going to work out? Lindholm may live in Rockford, but I don’t think Zadarov will.

    Forwards/Centers ….. Bowman goes out and picks up Janmark and Wallmark. Both have time in the league and aren’t babies. Shaw supposedly is going to try and play. Bowman says he’s trying to sign Strome.
    Okay, they are going to keep playing Highmore and I get that. And of course Dach as mentioned earlier but that was a no brainer regardless of what they did or didn’t do in the offseason. None of what I’ve mentioned seems to fall into the categories of rebuilding or letting young guys play. Going out and picking up young vets and keeping Strome don’t leave room for “new guys” to get shots. DeBrincat certainly doesn’t count as a new guy that needs more playing time.

    Goaltending …… well, that is definitely a new guy territory I will admit. Crawford leaving opens the door to that. But why then was Stan trying to get an experienced goalie after they parted with Crawford if the organization is so committed to the youth movement?

    The start of the season doesn’t ring of rebuild or even retool to me. As has been mentioned previously on the board, maybe the Blackhawks are so far down that they’ll have an opportunity to trade guys for draft picks and be in a position for a high draft pick.

    And then, I hear Danny Wirtz talking on the official Blackhawks website and he’s talking about Stan having hockey control ……. but he’s also talking about how he as CEO is not so concerned about how long it takes to get back into being a Cup contender … he’s more concerned about doing it in a way where the team is at a top level for a longer time …. that just sounds dumb to me. He says that in a way his view is at conflict with Stan’s goals.

    This organization, and what they say, and so far what they have done, all just leave me extremely confused. And I haven’t even mentioned coaching.


  • December 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I want that to but after we get another top 5 gem like 77. Maybe that with a botoom 5 record and then up and coming. Need to cash in while where in the bottom record area with top 5 skill not 17th picks when we deserved a 6-10 player. Otherwise yea. Pull back on the record and then release the young wave.

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Big Indian heading into off season 2 areas of ummediate concern were, who was going to be between the pipes and team defense. I do believe their hope of drafting Askarov, would have him ready for Nhl in time for Crawford to pass the torch to him or very close to it. That didn’t play out so the decision to go with in house and get a good look at them was made. Team defense and physical play either way needed to improve. Agree they are not kids but some structure and learn by example is needed before they can actually play the way required. Hopefully these vets can help players like Hagel, Quenneville, Suter, Kurashev and others who look ready to take that next step in development. Players like Janmark, Smith if healthy, and a few others could be tdl deals if youngsters force them out. That’s how i look at it anyways, if it works out in a few years, well it will be considered ingenious strategy, if it doesn’t the Bowman hate will be well documented.

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This. While doing what you guys said and still getting that important top 5 skill draft player. In yrs after this yes the 10-20 pick is fine but for this yr we need that other gem when we have a chance to get it because in the yrs to come once young wave is ready were not picking in top 10 for awhile again.

    December 23, 2020 at 10:39 am
    have an opportunity to trade guys for draft picks and be in a position for a high draft pick.

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Coachs can come later.

    For the roster to win again/be a top 5 team every yr we need a young core. Then add your Versteeg Madden Hoss Oduya Frozal Rozy and we have a full/deep quality roster.

    We only have a couple yrs at top 5 draft picks so get them while we can its important. Not to EDM level but whats wrong with an allstar top 5 draft pick that doesnt want to play D. Nothing we can trade them for what we need/the kind its still very valuable then to not have them.

    On the coming yrs yes 10-20 and then 22-30 picks every yr is fine. I would say a top 5 skill draft player is waaaaaaaaay better then a 15th/17th pick. When it comes to a 12-25 pick yea sure not matter as much per say.

    So for this yr if our record is close to bottom 5 we better be picking another gem. Then go with the 15-30 picks for several yrs after.

  • December 23, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Do you really think the hawks coaching staff will be able to talk the vets into playing team defence this year? Has something changed their minds since last season when the leaders decided that they didn’t like the new system that the coaching staff was trying to implement.
    Toews and especially KANE have offensive stats on their brains and couldn’t care less about team defence.
    Big Indian until all of the old core are gone there will never be a real rebuild.
    Hawks will need at least two top five picks to get this hot mess turned in the right direction.
    Hawks current prospect pool is is terrible weather you are willing to admit it or not.
    Managements win now mentality has unfortunately almost completely stripped the teams prospect depth.
    The great thing about sports if the team that you cheer for is not good there is always next year

  • December 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    We’ll never win any division again as long as Stain Blowman is at the helm.
    Rocky did an “old man dollar Bill” on us and awarded inept loyalty (Pulford!) instead of a sound business decision and let this train wreck go.

  • December 23, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I listened to alot of Bowmans podcasts when making the rounds this fall. What i heard when asked about rebuild, was him answer, not rebuild in how people think of it. Just as Big Indian said it looks, they would keep doing on the ice as they have last couple of years. I would say wih no Askarov or Murray working out, seeing what they have plus prospects ahead of expansion look better than what was available this fall, was best route. No high end fas just address some needs, as they did. Couple that with young players they are counting on in front of them needing time to develop and find their Nhl game without unneeded pressure of having to be a winner this year but become a contender for many years when time is right. If ready for Nhl youngsters will be given the chance according to him, but won’t play solely on the fact they’re young, those players will do that in and benefit from being in Rfd.. That was my take on what we are seeing.

    No they aren’t going to be defensive juggernaut, nobody expects that, but improvement to detail and chemistry can certainly be achieved. If the goaltending and defense is a dumpster fire their record will be too. If goaltending and defense are elite they should roll into playoffs. If goaltending and defense as i expect is somewhere in between those extremes, then the team will be too, a playoff bubble team as others have said they think could happen, who knows.

  • December 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Not going agasint the 3 no experience goalies like we had when Crow was hurt and no Lenher. We played with 2 AHL goalies and a stock broker? Thinking it will be like that yr goalie wise. At least until Lakenin/the one I like most eventually gets good. At first the goalies are greener the green rookies.

    So I can see FW and D group better then last few yrs and up coming/with lots of upside to make goalies better. But until goalies get a couple yrs at end of day we donot have top 10 goalies like we have had since 2009. When Lakenin/other get good/get going like Nemo Crow did then were looking good.

    So top 5 pick this yr then 15-30 in a yr/from then on.

  • December 24, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I’m really beginning to think it’s time to trade Kane and Toews and not because of what we could get in return but just so they can find a team that can further their careers. These are the face of our franchise but right now that’s not saying much. They deserve much better than the shitshow going on here. If this is truly a rebuild (and it is no matter what Blowman says) they need a team that can use their talents and compete for another cup. Not wasting away in a rebuild with a GM that is dumber than a turd of shit. Bash away folks but you know it’s true!!
    There is still something left in tank on those 2 and it needs to be freed.
    2 and 7 should retire and we’ll wait for the jersey retirement in a few years and reminisce about the good “ol days.

  • December 24, 2020 at 9:33 am

    “I’m really beginning to think it’s time to trade Kane and Toews and not because of what we could get in return but just so they can find a team that can further their careers.”

    I’m sorry. I laughed so hard I cried.

    You trade a veteran “so they can find a team that can further their careers” if you’re Joe Thornton & haven’t got a ring. WTF is another team in the NHL going to do to “further” the careers of 19 or 88? Add a second team’s initials to their plaques in Toronto? C’mon… the reasons some people are coming up with to dump the core and move are ludicrious.

    I would like to remind everyone that many of the same people who are now dumping ship on 2, 7, 19 & 88 are the SAME PEOPLE who burned their Chris Chelios jerseys and told him to go to hell in a handbasket when he accepted a trade to Detroit off a terrible, sinking Chicago roster.

  • December 26, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Tab, this ain’t a dump the core move and I’m not dumping on any of the core. This is about showing some respect to the players that got this franchise out of the basement and put it back on the map with 3 rings to boot. These 2 have some time left and it isn’t getting better here any time soon and they are wasting their talents. I don’t want to see them go anymore than you or anyone else but they could help another franchise take the next step and bring a cup home to them. A ton of other players in all the leagues have done this and had success. It’s a shame to watch these 2 night in and night out knowing this team is headed in the wrong direction and their careers will fade with it. I’m usually crying Tab, not laughing when I think about this too…maybe you should think further than just what’s in front of you! Oh and WTF could happen, TAB, is they could continue their careers winning instead of sitting on this shitshow.

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