- Kraken finding solid odds as expansion team
- Oddsmakers like Kraken better than Vegas as expansion team
- Seattle’s potential for playoffs showing up in odds
The Seattle Kraken go into training camp in their expansion season as the 32nd NHL team, and although the stereotypical expansion mode is usually a myriad of last-place finishes, the Kraken have some respect among oddsmakers.
Seattle has odds to win the Stanley Cup in the middle of the league at (+4500) although the Kraken is a long shot in their opening season. Part of the reason why they are expected to be competitive is that GM Ron Francis has cap space and can continue to build on the foundation throughout the season.
Seattle opened at (+5000) when the odds were first released as it has climbed up the board with the improvement in the odds to win the Cup. They started out with the 21st best chance to win, but are now tied for 17th with the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks.
you know hockey season is right around the corner when @starbucks brings their fall menu back. 🍁🏒
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) August 31, 2021
Interestingly, the Vegas Golden Knights opened at (+20000) in their expansion season of 2017-18 when they went to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they eventually lost to the Washington Capitals.
The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup at (+550), with the Tampa Bay Lightning just behind at (+600). The Vegas Golden Knights are once again in the mix with a (+700) mark.
Kraken Can Sail in Western Waters
Of course, the Avalanche (+200) and the Golden Knights (+300) are the Western Conference favorites, but the Kraken place solidly at (+1700) as they have the eighth-best odds to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Francis is sporting a defense-first approach in order to ultimately combat the offensive firepower in Colorado and Vegas. He still has over $9 million to spend in regard to the defense if he so chooses.
Much of the reason that Seattle has received such confidence from the oddsmakers could be the way Vegas broke on the scene four years ago.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) August 24, 2021
The Golden Knights’ starting odds of (+9250) dwarf the (+1700) that Seattle possesses as of now. Vegas’ number fell to (+1300) at Dec. 1, 2017, and then were their lowest (+295) on March 1. After the playoffs started, the Golden Knights went to (+400) and ended at (+120) as they won the Western Conference.
In the Neighborhood
Seattle opens play in the Pacific Division this season, and the Kraken is projected third with (+800) odds while the Golden Knights sit at (+170), and the Edmonton Oilers have odds at (+400).
Four years ago in the Golden Knights’ inaugural season, they also opened their division at (+20000) and by the all-star break, Vegas sat at (-300) to win the Pacific Division.
Currently, five teams are posted behind the Kraken in the Pacific Division – Calgary Flames (+1300), Vancouver Canucks (+1500), Los Angeles Kings (+3000), San Jose Sharks (+40000), and the Anaheim Ducks (+20000).
After scoring a career-high of 17 goals last season, #SeaKraken forward Joonas Donskoi looks toward boosting his game on both ends of the ice this upcoming season.
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) August 29, 2021
Keep in mind, the NHL is reverting back to its old playoff system next season, so the top three teams in each division will make the playoffs.
As you see above, Seattle has the third-best odds in the division behind Vegas and Edmonton, and the Kraken’s (+800) odds in the Pacific Division give them a healthy chance at the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first NHL season.
Releasing the Kraken on Vegas
With opening night set for Tuesday, Oct. 12, Seattle will host the Golden Knights in its inaugural game.
If the bettor takes the Golden Knights and OVER 5.5, he or she can get (+165). A Vegas bet with UNDER 5.5 can be found at (+145).
Kraken fans should take note of that Seattle started with 87.5 points total that the sportsbooks dubbed upon Seattle with (-115) odds on both the OVER and the UNDER. Now the number has improved to 91.5 points with those same (-115) off on each.