As we head into the final quarter of the regular season, the four NHL restructured divisional races are coming down to the wire. Focusing on one favorite or spotting a longshot who offers long-term value still remains the best way to attack futures betting. Bettors have quietly begun targeting the Carolina Hurricanes, who have taken over the lead in the Central. Carolina, once offered as high as +3500, has now fallen to odds of +1100 this week. The red-hot Colorado Avalanche, who have won nine of their last 10, have not only become the prohibitive favorites to win the West (-335), but they added some distance over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning (+600).