NHL Betting: Hockey Stock Market Report for 2/7/13
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!
Montreal Canadiens: We’re still a little wary over the Habs right now due to the fact that they have only played two road games all year long. Remember that they’re only 8-20 on the road in their last 28 dating back to last year. However, at home, this is a totally different story. Montreal has five wins in six home games coming into tonight’s duel with the Bruins. This is a team that you’re going to want to back for sure until it slows down, as it has won four out of five and is really doing a nice job offensively.
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens were on the “not” list for sure over the course of their four games prior to these last four games, but since beating the Rangers at MSG last week, they really have been on fire. The team has put together four straight victories and has netted 18 goals in those games. C Sidney Crosby is leading a group of three men with at least 12 points on the season, and the club has a pair of six-goal scorers and a pair of 10-assist men through just 10 games.
Tampa Bay Lightning: How about some ATS success? The Bolts are 7-2 against the puck line this year, and they are a whopping +$1,021 to show for their work in that department. This is the top offensive team in the league, averaging 4.44 goals per game, 0.94 goals per game higher than the next best team. Of course, we know that that isn’t going to stay the case forever, and Tampa Bay will come back to earth eventually, as it perhaps has done with its back to back losses. However, the team just keeps covering puck lines this year, and that is something to consider going forward from here.
Washington Capitals: Boo this team! There’s just no sense in backing Washington right now. The team has just two wins this entire season, and it hasn’t won a game away from the Verizon Center yet this year. On top of that, the offense hasn’t put up more than three goals in a game all season long, and averaging 2.3 goals per game just isn’t going to cut it. The Caps are dreadful at the moment, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Head Coach Adam Oates got the axe in a hurry from here.
Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are in bad shape at the moment, as they have lost three straight and seven out of eight. They have allowed at least four goals in five games in a row and at least three goals in nine games in a row. G Ryan Miller looks like his best days are behind him, as he is now leading the NHL’s worst offense at 3.7 goals per game allowed. He has a lousy defense in front of him, and the offense outside of the Vanek-Pominville-Hodgson line hasn’t been anything to write home about either.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers aren’t playing the worst hockey in the world right now, but they haven’t played well from an ATS standpoint. They are just 3-7 this year to show for their work on the puck line, and they have the worst mark in the league at -$707 in those outings. They did beat the hot Lightning on Tuesday night, but the one-goal margin of victory wasn’t enough to get the cover at -1.5. Remember that this team, which was figured to get into the playoffs with ease this year, is just 4-6-0 to show for its first 10 games of the season as well.