Austin Watson Favored Among NHL Fighting Majors Leaders

  • Bettors can now wager on who will lead each NHL division in fights, with Radko Gudas of the Florida Panthers the favorite in the Central division at +175 betting odds.
  • Other top fighters include Brendon Dillon (+200) of the Washington Capitals as the favorite in the Central, Austin Watson (-120) of the Ottawa Senators as the favorite in the North, and Marcus Foligno (+210) of the Minnesota Wild tied with two others as the favorite in the West.

LAS VEGASFighting in a hockey game is simply part of the experience. Where some sports have their unwritten rules of decorum, athletes on the ice like to settle their differences with some good, old-fashioned, bare-knuckle discipline.

When it comes to the NHL, fighting is one of the best parts of the game. Nothing beats watching an intense matchup when two competitors decide to take each other on in the middle of the action.

Over the years, many players in the NHL have earned their paycheck by being effective fighters. The moniker of “enforcer” or “goon” is cliché, but the role of a stiff fighter is still very valuable in today’s game.

So valuable in fact, that certain major online sportsbooks have posted odds for who will lead each NHL division in fights in 2021.

Taking a closer look at these odds can leads to some profitable outcomes.

Who Will Lead The Central Division In Fighting Majors In The Regular Season?

  • Radko Gudas +175
  • Mark Borowiecki +575
  • Nick Foligno +575
  • Yanni Gourde +575
  • Patrick Maroon +575
  • Jamie Oleksiak +575
  • Mathieu Olivier +575
  • Luke Schenn +575

Starting with the Central division, where Radko Gudas of the Florida Panthers is the favorite, with a group of players tied at +575 behind him.

Gudas already has three fights on the year, and is known as one of the tougher players in the division.

Yanni Gourde is always a threat to break out in a quarrel, but Gudas at plus betting odds is likely the best choice here.

Who Will Lead The East Division In Fighting Majors In The Regular Season?

  • Brenden Dillon +200
  • Trent Frederic +200
  • Tom Wilson +200
  • Brendan Lemieux +400
  • Michael McLeod +400

The East is in a three-way tie between Brenden Dillon, Trent Frederic, and Tom Wilson. Dillon has three fights so far on the year, as does Frederic, and Wilson.

However, two of the top picks have actually fought each other this season, with Wilson pounding Frederic just one week ago in a game between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.

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With that bout of violence out of the way, it could pave the way for Dillon to take the lead down the stretch of the season.

Who Will Lead The North Division In Fighting Majors In The Regular Season?

  • Austin Watson -120
  • Brady Tkachuk +250
  • Ben Chiarot +1100
  • Zack MacEwen +1100
  • Nathan Beaulieu +2000
  • Erik Gudbranson +1100
  • Jujhar Khaira +1100
  • Milan Lucic +1800
  • Darnell Nurse +2000
  • Corey Perry +2000
  • Wayne Simmonds +2000

In the North division, Austin Watson of the Ottawa Senators is the runaway leader with five fights already this season.

It is unlikely anyone will be less violent than Watson down the stretch, who is averaging one fight a week over the last five weeks.

Those looking to bet on the NHL can get just under even odds-on Watson to lead the fighting category in a rather peaceful division.

Who Will Lead The West Division In Fighting Majors In The Regular Season?

  • Marcus Foligno +210
  • John Hayden +210
  • Kyle Clifford +210
  • Nicolas Deslauriers +600
  • Kurtis MacDermid +600
  • Ryan Reaves +600

Finally, the West division comes in as a three-way tie between Marcus Foligno, John Hayden, and Kyle Clifford. Foligno sits with three fights on the season, including a recent dustup with John Hayden.

That was both of their third fights so far this season, with Clifford also coming in with three on the year. Clifford took on Hayden back in February, in what many would consider a decisive battle.

Anyone looking to wager on these fighters should get their bets in now, before the next brawl breaks out.