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!
Pittsburgh Penguins: The last time that we looked at what the Penguins were doing, they were on a nine-game winning streak. Now, they’re at 12 games and could ultimately be set to make the best run in hockey history. However, we have some real concerns. Of course, you’re not going to blow everyone out every single night, and we have come to expect that. Three of the last four games though, have been 2-1 victories, and these are the types of games that really could have easily gone either direction. You’d rather be lucky than good in hockey, but at least for the time being, Pittsburgh has been both. Adding C Brendan Morrow really is going to help this team going forward.
Minnesota Wild: The Wild are the overlooked division leader that we are all going to wonder how in the heck they even got into the playoffs to start with. You know, sort of like the Florida Panthers last year? The difference is that this Minnesota team really has the ability to do some real damage when it gets to the second season. The Wild have won six in a row, and they are 11-3-1 this season at home. They’ve got the edge just slightly over the next team that we are going to be talking about, but there is no doubt that there should be some playoff hockey in Minneapolis this season after a great run like that.
Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks are going to be a team to watch for out West as well. It’s amazing to think that we are right on the verge of the NHL trade deadline, and G Roberto Luongo once again is still with the team. If he is going to be dealt though, now is the time to do it. Luongo is basically the team’s backup goalie once again, knowing that G Cory Schneider has taken over, and the youngster is hot. Over the course of his last four games, all of which have been Vancouver victories, Schneider has allowed just a total of five goals, and he has a shutout to his credit as well on the road against the Kings. Those are the types of performances that will get the job done in the playoffs, and there is no doubt that this is the man that will have to carry this team to the next level.
Phoenix Coyotes: Last year, the Coyotes used grit and tenacity to make it deep into the playoffs. This year though, it really looks like the team is going to be doing nothing but selling players. With just 16 games left in the campaign, the Yotes are in 12th place in the Western Conference, and they really need to get off of the mat here in a hurry if they are going to get into the tournament. We all know that anything can happen for a team that gets into show (just ask the Kings!), but something just doesn’t feel right about Phoenix this year. Not only is the team just 3-8-3 on the road on the campaign, but it has lost six straight games to fall into last place in the Pacific Division as well.
Florida Panthers: Last week, we mentioned the Panthers as one of the worst teams in hockey, and none of that has changed. It’s amazing to think that the defending Southeast Division champs are now the worst team in the league, as they are a full four wins behind everyone else in the conference. Florida has allowed 116 goals this season, and the next closest team is the New York Islanders at 105. The defense hasn’t even been the problem so much in these last four games, as the club has allowed “just” seven goals in those clashes. The offense though, has just one goal in its last 130+ minutes of hockey.
Colorado Avalanche: Colorado is probably set to start selling off players as well. This is the team in the gutter right now in the Western Conference, and there really isn’t any end in sight. The win that the Avs had a few weeks ago versus the Chicago Blackhawks that ended the 24-game streak of games with at least one point for the 2010-11 champs really looks like nothing but an anomaly right now, as since that point, there are six losses in eight games. Things probably aren’t getting any better down the road either. The Avalanche have just two wins all season long on the road, and they have seven of their next 10 played away from the Pepsi Center.
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