The Boston Bruins are off to a fabulous start this season, a start that has bordered on historic at some points for those ready to jump into Massachusetts sports betting.
Recently, three straight losses put a bit of a halt to their scorching streak to start the year, but even with that they have compiled 81 points over their first 50 games, nine up on Carolina, which currently ranks second in the league.
They are the fastest team in league history to reach 80 standings points on the season, hitting the mark in their 47th game, two sooner than the previous record holders (1943/44 Canadiens and 1979/80 Flyers) who both did it in 49 games.
To experience such great regular season success in a league like the NHL, you need to find value somewhere. The NHL enforces a hard salary cap that ensures no team can outspend others by a significant margin, and this salary cap is often the reason great teams end up being broken up.
Finding players on valuable deals is more important than ever. For most teams, this value ends up being found in young players that get signed to cheap deals before breaking out with great seasons.
However, one team that has found value elsewhere this season has been these Bruins. BetMassachusetts.com utilized hockeyreference.com to gather the salary information and point shares (including offensive and defensive) of all Bruins and divided the salary by the player’s point shares to determine the players’ current value at this point in the NHL 2022-23 season.
How Do The Usual Suspects Stack Up?
At ages 37 and 36, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are the two oldest players on the Bruins. With a combined 79 points, they have shown that experience is more important than youth, and perhaps most importantly they are doing it as massive bargains this year. Together they'll make the Bruins Stanley Cup favorites at BetMGM Massachusetts Sportsbook come March.
Both players signed team-friendly one year deals in the offseason with cap hits well below what they could earn on the open market so the team could find success, and so far they are looking brilliant for doing so.
Bergeron, the captain of the team, is only counting for $2.5 million against the salary cap this season, and Krejci signed a one-year pact for $1 million.
Bergeron could have easily signed for upwards of $8 million a year on the open market over the summer, but opted to stay in Boston with a chance to win. Krejci’s play has also been excellent, far surpassing the million dollar salary he collects.
Krejci’s value (salary per point share) leads the team at $232,558 with Bergeron not far behind at $531,915. Defenseman Connor Clifton also checks in as a strong value at $270,270. Neither player has great odds to win the Hart Memorial Trophy, according to DraftKings Massachusetts, but it's clear that both are immensely valuable to this Bruins crew.
Time To Strike Is Now
The Bruins know they have a unique opportunity this season across MA sports betting apps with those two centers performing at a top-line level for bottom-line salaries. They have taken advantage thus far, and also have superstar RW David Pastrnak checking in as a great value with a salary cap hit under $7 million dollars.
He will also be due for a massive raise following this season, making it even more important to find value going forward and to take advantage of the value afforded to them this year. They are the Stanley Cup favorites for a reason this year and Boston fans and bettors should look forward to the rest of the season with optimism.
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