Are Caps second-best in Metro Division?

Are Caps second-best in Metro Division?
August 29, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin skates with the puck during the game against the New York Rangers in game five of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center.

(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

We all know that for the past six years the Capitals have taken full advantage of playing in the Southeast Division, beating up on the Panthers, Lightning, Hurricanes and Thrashers/Jets enough times to win five titles.

We also know those division titles meant little in the post-season, where the Caps have failed to get past the second round in those six years.

Now that the Caps are going Metro in a new division with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Canes and Blue Jackets, will they be better prepared for the post-season?

Or, will they struggle to get into the playoffs?

On Thursday Bovada [www.Bovada.lv] released its latest odds on each NHL’s team winning its division.

It’s hard to lather up a good argument on the four projected division winners – Bruins in the Atlantic, Penguins in the Metropolitan, Blackhawks in the Central and Kings in the Pacific – but Bovada must be a big believer in Adam Oates and company, who have been given 13/2 odds of winning the Metro, ahead of the Isles [7/1], Rangers [7/1], Flyers [10/1], Blue Jackets [14/1], Hurricanes [15/1] and Devils [18/1].

Personally, I think the Hurricanes are poised for a bounce-back season and should be up there in the top five.

For another look at the Caps’ chances, check out our good friends at Pro Hockey Talk for their take.

Here’s the full list of divisional odds from Bovada. Let us know your thoughts below:

Atlantic Division          

Boston Bruins                           11/5

Detroit Red Wings                     7/2

Montreal Canadiens                   9/2

Toronto Maple Leafs                 9/2

Ottawa Senators                        13/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 15/2

Buffalo Sabres                          30/1

Florida Panthers                        50/1

Metropolitan Division  

Pittsburgh Penguins                  4/5

Washington Capitals                  13/2

New York Islanders                    7/1

New York Rangers                     7/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    10/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             14/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    15/1

New Jersey Devils                     18/1

Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks                 5/8

St. Louis Blues                          13/4

Minnesota Wild                         6/1

Dallas Stars                              12/1

Nashville Predators                   18/1

Colorado Avalanche                  20/1

Winnipeg Jets                           22/1

Pacific Division           

Los Angeles Kings                    3/2

Vancouver Canucks                   3/1

Anaheim Ducks                         9/2

San Jose Sharks                       19/4

Edmonton Oilers                       7/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       16/1

Calgary Flames                         30/1