It may be seen by many as no more than a bit of late season razzamatazz but you can be sure that all players involved in the All-Star series will be taking things deadly seriously. It’s an honour to be selected to represent your division and the recognition after months of hard graft on the ice is enough to ensure a thrilling day.
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Moneyline Result Odds
In case you need a quick reminder on the format, this weekend’s NHL All-Star series will feature one team from each division. There will be two semi-finals ahead of the Grand Final which will round off a packed weekend.
To date, the sportsbooks have been a little slow to pick up on the excitement but we do have moneyline odds in for the two semi-finals so we’ll start with the Atlantic Division vs the Metropolitan Division. Both of our available markets are tight and in this game, Atlantic is just ahead at odds of 1.80 with Bodog. The figure leaves Metropolitan just behind at 2.00 with Bodog and we agree with the assessment that this game could go either way.
Switching to the second semi and we have two teams whose odds fall under the Even Money (2.00) mark. The Central Division is the favourites here at 1.85 with 888Sport while the same sportsbook lists the Pacific Division at 1.95.
We’ll consider those four prices in our verdict but it’s clear that we have some tough calls to make.
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Likely Prop Bets
The range of prop bets may well increase as the weekend draws closer. The sportsbooks don’t exactly embrace the All-Star series but we do have some options at this early stage. The markets in question are in the Under and Over Total Goals and 888Sport are the ones to declare ahead of the rest.
For both of those semi-finals, 888 are quoting the same odds of 1.90 on Over the 12.5 line and Under that same line. Games of this kind have that entertainment element to them and we can see plenty of goals at times but that line does seem a little too high for comfort.
We would suggest looking to bet Under in each case but at odds of just 1.90, we’re just going to focus on the two results for now.
There are tight markets all round but it’s noticeable that the Central Division carries the shortest win odds going into these semi-finals. There’s plenty of quality and experience in a roster led by Nathan MacKinnon who is appearing in his fourth All-Star series. The Captain is joined by fellow forward Patrick Kane who is here for the ninth time and the depth and quality in the Central makes them our overall tip for the series win.
The overall market has yet to open so we’ll kick things off by taking a small profit on Central to beat Pacific. In the other game, there is the potential for a small upset and a bigger return. Like Central, the Metropolitan Division looks to have the depth to convert in their semi and set up a close final to round off a thrilling weekend.
- Metropolitan Division to beat Atlantic Division at 2.00 with Bodog
- Central Division to beat Pacific Division at 1.85 with 888Sport
- Central Division to win the All-Star Series (When Available)