NHL Betting: Hockey Stock Market Report for 2/18/13
Hockey teams go like the stock market. Sometimes they’re hot and you have to buy them, and sometimes they’re cold and you have to sell. Our NHL betting tips show the teams that you should hold and the teams you should ditch here at Bang the Book!
St. Louis Blues: The offense for the Blues has finally come alive over the course of the last few days, as the team has 12 goals in its last three games, all of which have resulted in victories. We know that the time is going to come that G Jaroslav Halak is healthy and G Brian Elliott gets back to his old form, and when that happens, this is going to be one of the best teams in the NHL, especially if the offense continues to score at a rate like this. The power play for the Blues is clicking on over a third of their chances this year, the best mark in the league.
Carolina Hurricanes: In this shortened season, any winning streak you can go on is a good winning streak. When you’re in the Southeast Division and there are no other teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today, that’s all the better. The Canes have rolled off three victories in a row, and they are arguably playing their best hockey that they have played since they were the Stanley Cup champs way back when. C Eric Staal is on fire with 17 points this season, and all of those points have come in the last 11 games, starting with a hat trick against the Buffalo Sabres on January 24th.
Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are basically just mainstays right now on the list of the hottest teams in the league. They are just one game shy of tying the record for the most consecutive games to start a season with getting at least one point from the game, as they have 15 games under their belt and 27 points to show for it. Chicago has an 11-0 record in games decided in regulation, and in spite of that 1-3 mark in games that went beyond the first 60 minutes, that doesn’t change anything about how well this team is playing. Right now, the Hawks look unbeatable.
San Jose Sharks: Shout out to G Antti Niemi, who really should have nine or 10 wins at the moment. He had two games where he pitched a shutout through 60 minutes, only to go on and lose in overtime. Scoring has been a major problem for San Jose over the course of the last few weeks. The team has just three total goals scored in its last four games combined, and those are just some of the problems of a team that has seven straight defeats, only three of which resulted in a single point.
Florida Panthers: The optimist would say that the Panthers have gotten at least one point in seven out of eight games. The realist though, would step back and recognize that the Panthers have just two points to show for their work in their last four games in spite of the fact that they scored five goals in two of those four outings. Florida has allowed a total of 18 goals in its last four games (and that’s after a 1-0 overtime defeat against the Montreal Canadiens!), and the team hasn’t logged a victory since February 7th against the Philadelphia Flyers. The road ahead is littered with great teams too, and this skid, of which has included three straight OT defeats, could continue.
Winnipeg Jets: It’s not just that the Jets are on a three-game skid that is so concerning. It’s that all three of those losses came at home that is bothersome. This is a team that is a heck of a lot better at home historically than it is on the road, and now, it has to hit the road for practically the rest of the month of February. Five straight and nine of the next 11 are away from the MTS Centre, and we have a feeling that the Jets are going to quickly fall back to last place in the Southeast Division and be the first team essentially eliminated from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as a result.