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 Penguins rolled off 15 wins in a row before getting set down in back to back games. Sure, they don’t have C Sidney Crosby for the foreseeable future, but they do have C Evgeni Malkin back in the fold, and they should ultimately be able to use all of their new assets to ultimately lock down the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference when push comes to shove. This is a team that no one is going to want to mess with in the second season, especially if G Marc-Andre Fleury can continue as one of the best net minders in the game.
Washington Capitals: We’ve been saying for quite some time that any team in the Southeast Division that can go on a nice run of five or six games can ultimately win this division without all that much of a fight. The Caps have won four in a row and eight out of 10, picking up 19 points in those games. LW Alexander Ovechkin has five goals in his last two outings, and he has 19 points in his last 10 games. That’s the type of production that we have come to expect out of the Washington captain, and when he is on his game, there is no doubt whatsoever that this is a team that can ultimately win the Stanley Cup.
St. Louis Blues: Picking up D Jordan Leopold and D Jay Bouwmeester might be just what the Blues needed to get into the playoffs this year. This is now a much better defensive team, and it has been shown right away. St. Louis was able to take down the Red Wings with a shutout in the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday. Don’t be shocked if by the time the regular season is said and done with if the Blues have one of the best goals against average in the NHL this season though right now, the number is just 2.65.
New Jersey Devils: Seven losses in a row have really put the Devils behind the 8-ball in the Eastern Conference. They aren’t totally out of it yet, knowing that so many of the teams in the East have been so pathetic this year. And, as we saw last season when Jersey made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, anything can happen if you get into the show. The Devils though, only have five wins on the road all season long, and that’s easily the worst mark in the Eastern Conference. The Devils also have 10 losses in overtime this season, easily the worst tally in the league.
Calgary Flames: You thought that the Devils were bad on the road? Calgary is just 3-13-2 this season away from the Saddledome, and it has now lost five games in a row. The Flames are really a mess right now. They didn’t trade G Miikka Kiprusoff at the trade deadline, but they did send away their captain, RW Jarome Iginla and D Jay Bouwmeester, and those are the types of deals that are really going to cripple this team for the rest of the season. There’s a good chance that Calgary now has the worst team in hockey.
Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes looked like they were going to coast to the Southeast Division title just a few weeks ago, and all of a sudden, they have gone 1-8-1 in their last 10 games and look to be out of the equation. The team has gone 7-12-0 this season at home, and the hometown crowds at PNC Arena are going to be upset about the idea of the Canes falling out of the playoff picture this season.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.