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 through games completed on 10/13/13.
1: San Jose Sharks (4-1, +$812) – The Sharks are one of the three teams in the game that are without a loss of any kind thus far this season, and they are really looking the part of a team that can really make some noise this year. They have the best goal differential in the league, as they are outscoring teams 24-7 thus far in three games. G Antti Niemi isn’t really being challenged all that much, and the team is flying all over the other end of the ice and scoring goals in bunches. Without a doubt, this has been the best team in the league thus far on the young season.
2: Colorado Avalanche (5-0, +$779) – Because the Avalanche have been underdogs virtually every time out this year, they don’t have the best money mark in the league on the puck line. What they do have however, is a team that has been playing gritty hockey. This is the only undefeated ATS team in the game, as the first five clubs that have all come calling have all gone down in defeat. One of the worst defensive teams in the league last season has turned into the best this year. Colorado has allowed just four goals in five games. Head Coach Patrick Roy looks like he is going to make this young team work, though there is a lot of hockey left to be played.
3: Winnipeg Jets (4-2, +$541) – The Jets have been favored in three of their six games this year, and their two big puck-line wins came against the Devils and the Kings at home. They were only slight -110 favorites in both games, but both outings resulted in +200 wins on the puck-line. That will carry a team that has no goaltending whatsoever for at least a little while. We don’t expect this success to last in Winnipeg though, knowing that this is a team that is going to have a lot more work to do in the Central Division than it did in the Southeast last year.
4: Boston Bruins (3-1, +$475) – The B’s haven’t left home yet this year but once, but they did the job against the Blue Jackets and scored a massive puck line victory as a result. The makeup of this team hasn’t changed any. This is still a team that is going to outscore its foes by over a goal a game this year in all likelihood, so don’t be all that shocked that through four games, opponents are averaging exactly half of what they are scoring this year. That might continue for a good chunk of the season, as lofty as a goal as it seems.
5: New York Islanders (4-1, +$448) – Though the Isles have only won two of their five games this year, they have been underdogs a heck of a lot. In fact, this team has only played one game thus far this year that hasn’t been decided by exactly one goal, and that was the big 6-1 win over the Coyotes at home that got the ball rolling. This team has four straight coming at home, and with it are going to come a bunch of games in which it is favored. It will be interesting to see where New York sits through nine games instead of just five.
30: New York Rangers (1-4, -$778) – This really shouldn’t be considered all that much of a surprise. The truth of the matter is that it is going to take time for Head Coach Alain Vigneault to get his offense installed properly in the Big Apple. G Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t had a good start to the season either, as the team is allowing five goals per game, and he is getting run out of games routinely. But what’s really not helping is the fact that the Rangers have yet to play a game anywhere near home. Starting with nine straight road games is brutal, but playing nine straight road games including a wicked trip through the West Coast is almost inhumane.
29: Nashville Predators (0-5, -$731) – G Pekka Rinne is really all that the Predators have at this point, and if he is giving up three goals per game, there are some massive issues. The team does have a pair of SU victories, but both came by a single goal. This is one of the two teams in the league that has yet to cover an NHL puck line this year, but it is the one that is in far worse shape.
28: Vancouver Canucks (1-5, -$652) – Just as the Rangers were going to take a long time to prepare with Head Coach Alain Vigneault calling the shots, it was always going to take a long time for the Canucks to get used to Head Coach John Tortorella as well. Torts plays a much slower style of hockey that generally leads to some lower scoring games, and for a team that loved to fly up and down the ice before that point and is usually favored, this is a bad equation when it comes to the puck line. Vancouver is the one team of the five on this list that we are confident is going to be spending a heck of a lot of time on the wrong end of this list this year.
27: Philadelphia Flyers (1-5, -$618) – Things are about as bad as they could be right now in the City of Brotherly Love for hockey fans. The team stinks, it has scored just seven goals in five games, and Head Coach Peter Laviolette has been dismissed. On top of that, bettors have dropped over $600 this year already in just six games, and only in one of the six did the team manage to actually pull off a win either from an SU or an ATS standpoint.
26: Washington Capitals (0-5, -$604) – Washington isn’t getting hurt as badly as you might think by all of these puck line losses, knowing that of its five losses, only two have come as favorites (and big ones at that). That being said, at home point, Head Coach Adam Oates is going to have to get this team going. 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in isn’t going to cut it, though we do think that at some point, G Braden Holtby is going to be holding down opponents to less than 4.00 goals per game as he and his mates are at this point in the season.
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