Tank hard for Connor Bedard? Or play soft for Matvei Michkov?
However you want to phrase it, the race to the bottom of the standings is expected to be just as competitive as the one to the top this season. After all, it’s not every year that a franchise-defining talent is available in the draft.
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This year, however, has at least two.
That might explain why so many teams spent the off-season making themselves worst. And it’s reflected in the projected point total odds.
BetOnline.ag has both the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks finishing the season with 65.5 points, followed by the Montreal Canadiens (71.5 points), Philadelphia Flyers (73.5 points) and San Jose Sharks (74.5 points).
Based on what we saw last year, you might want to bet the under. After all, Montreal was the worst team in the NHL last year with 55 points. Four others finished with less than 65 points. And that was in what was considered a very weak draft.
— Michael Traikos, Postmedia