Anyone can easily look up who the best teams are in terms of wins and losses in the NHL, but the really successful NHL betting fans are the ones who analyze every aspect of the game. Today, we’re going to look at the puck-lines for the hottest and the coldest teams in the NHL.
1: Anaheim Ducks (29-19, +$2,201) – Anaheim didn’t have the best record last year at 29-19 on the puck-line, but it was the only team that managed much over 20 units of profits on the season from a puck-line perspective. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau got a lot out of his team last season. Many figured that this was a borderline playoff team at best, but in the end, the Ducks made it all the way up to the #2 seed in the Western Conference before a disappointing elimination from the postseason at the hands of the Red Wings.
2: Ottawa Senators (32-16, +$2,009) – Craig Anderson really did a remarkable job last season, posting a wonderful campaign which ended in the Sens making it to the second round of the playoffs. That said, captain Daniel Alfredsson has moved on, and he absolutely had to after saying that his team was down and out after falling behind the Penguins 3-0 in the second season last year. We don’t think all that much of this team going forward, and we know that the Atlantic Division is going to provide a much bigger challenge for a team that could be offensively challenged at times.
3: Pittsburgh Penguins (26-22, +$1,936) – Most remember the fact that the Blackhawks went 24 games to start off the season before ultimately losing a game in regulation, but most forget that these Penguins were the best team in hockey last year for the bulk of the campaign. With names like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the rest of the superstars on this team, there is no doubt that there are going to be plenty of goals scored, and that’s why it is almost certainly a better bet to be backing Pittsburgh on the puck-line than on the moneyline on a nightly basis. You can see why with the results of last year for a team that was seemingly -1.5 every single night.
4: Columbus Blue Jackets (36-12, +$1,471) – Columbus was a surprisingly good team last season, and it just missed out on the playoffs. The club won a team-record 75% of its games on the puck-line, and though most of the time it came at +1.5 and minus odds, those wins certainly added up. If Sergei Bobrovsky can be as strong in net as he was last year, there is a good chance that these Blue Jackets can make a push at their second playoff appearance in franchise history. Moving to the Metropolitan Division didn’t do this team any favors though, so be sure to keep that in mind.
5: Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20, +$872) – You’ll notice the huge drop here from the third place Penguins to the fifth place Maple Leafs, and you’ll also notice that the Blackhawks were nowhere to be found on this list. The Leafs know that they are going to have to score a lot of goals if they are going to end up winning games this year, as their goaltending combo of James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier isn’t going to end up doing all that much in the pipes in all likelihood. That makes Toronto, a team that no one is resting on this season, a good candidate to fall off of this list and perhaps into the bottom five teams on the puck-line this year.
30: Philadelphia Flyers (19-29, -$2,155) – Only Vancouver had fewer puck-line wins last year than did the Flyers, and that really shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise. The team has cut bait with Ilya Bryzgalov after that failed experimentation, and things, you’d like to think, aren’t getting much worse from a goaltending perspective this year. Can the offense keep up without Daniel Briere? Adding Vincent Lecavalier helped for sure, and that should keep this team from being the biggest embarrassment in hockey on the puck-line in 2013-14.
29: Florida Panthers (23-25, -$2,020) – Watching the Panthers come in at second to last in the puck-line production wasn’t a surprise. If this team has a losing puck-line record once again this year, it is going to put up very similar numbers. The Panthers were a fluke of a playoff team two years ago, and last season was seemingly the payback of all of that. The team is going to be one of the worst in the game once again this year, especially if it doesn’t find a goalie that can keep less than three goals per game out of the back of the net.
28: Carolina Hurricanes (21-27, -$1,811) – No team might have a harder transition to its new division than Carolina. The Hurricanes aren’t a terrible team, but they aren’t a great one either. They move from the Southeast Division, one of the easiest in hockey, to the Metropolitan Division this year. That makes the road trips longer, and it certainly puts a lot of unwanted teams in the division. Not only that, but the only teams that the Canes have been competitive with in the Southeast for years, the Lightning, Panthers, and Jets, have all been shipped elsewhere away from the Hurricanes.
27: Colorado Avalanche (22-26, -$1,750) – The Avs cleaned house at the end of the year, and they are now counting on Patrick Roy to come back to Denver and clean up the mess that has been made with years and years of mismanagement. The team is still a long ways away, and unless Roy is all of a sudden suiting up, we don’t see how the Avalanche are going to figure out how to keep pucks out of the back of their own net. PA Parenteau had a nice season last year, but he isn’t the type of man you want to be relying on to be one of your leading goal scorers. It could be another mess of a season, and like Florida, a losing record on the puck-line is going to lead to huge losses for sure.
26: Tampa Bay Lightning (20-28, -$1,655) – When you have one of the worst teams in the league in the pipes, you’re going to lose a lot of games at +1.5 and get crippled when it comes to puck-line money. Tampa Bay has been finding that out for years, and this is going to be the case once again this year in all likelihood. The offense took a big hit when Vincent Lecavalier left for Philadelphia, and not a lot of positives can be taken away from the offseason. Matters might get worse before they get better for a team that has really only made one good run since winning the Stanley Cup a decade ago.
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.