Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the hottest and coldest bets around the NHL, identify the team with the softest schedule, and shed some light on some interesting sports betting trends.
Hot team: Calgary Flames
Nobody is hotter than the Flames, who have won seven straight games and nine of their last 10 to improve to 27-13-6 this season. Calgary has outscored its opponents 31-11 during the seven-game winning streak, with goaltender Jacob Markstrom posting two shutouts during the dominant run.
The team received an additional boost on Valentine’s Day, when general manager Brad Treliving acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Montreal Canadiens. Toffoli, has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 38 games, lit the lamp in his Flames debut Tuesday night. He’ll provide some secondary scoring while rounding out a solid top-nine group of forwards for Calgary.
The Flames have played over the total in each of their last three games and four of their last six.
Tyler Toffoli on the board in his Flames debut. What a pass by Johnny Gaudreau pic.twitter.com/RD4KI31qrG
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 16, 2022
Next three games: vs. Anaheim (Feb. 16), vs. Seattle (Feb. 19), vs. Winnipeg (Feb. 21)
Cold team: Montreal Canadiens
The rebuild is officially on in Montreal after it traded Toffoli to the Flames, and the result is a continued free fall in the standings. The Habs have lost 10 straight games heading into a matchup Thursday with the St. Louis Blues, and they have a league-worst -85 goal differential this season.
Montreal, which is on pace to record the worst season in franchise history, will likely continue to unload players leading up to the March 21 trade deadline, only solidifying its position as the worst team in hockey. With only eight wins in 48 games this season, this team is the definition of a fade, but good luck finding any value betting against them.
Next three games: vs. St. Louis (Feb. 17), @ New York Islanders (Feb. 20), vs. Toronto (Feb. 21)
Over team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus continues to be a great over play for bettors to this point, recording a 30-15-2 over/under record. The Blue Jackets have played over the total in six of their last seven games and have been getting plenty of offensive contributions from Patrik Laine. The Finnish winger has a seven-game point streak, netting seven goals and six assists over that span. Columbus is also one of the worst defensive teams in the league, allowing 3.6 goals per game (30th in NHL) while allowing the most shots on goal per game (35.1).
LASER LAINE, FOR THE WIN. 💥 pic.twitter.com/qlNeXrURHp
— NHL (@NHL) February 12, 2022
Next three games: @ Chicago (Feb. 17), vs. Buffalo (Feb. 20), vs. Toronto (Feb. 22)
Under team: San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have played under the total in three straight games and are now 18-29 o/u this season. San Jose takes a four-game losing streak into Thursday’s clash with the Vancouver Canucks. The under is 19-7 in the Sharks’ last 26 Thursday games, dating back to last season, and the under is 4-1 in Vancouver’s last five contests against Pacific Division opponents. The Sharks are averaging just 2.66 goals per game to date, which ranks 25th in the NHL.
Next three games: vs. Vancouver (Feb. 17), vs. Vegas (Feb. 20), @ Anaheim (Feb. 22)
Best puckline team: Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks, who enjoyed nearly a two-week layoff due to the what was supposed to be Olympic break at the start of the month, looked rusty last Friday in a loss to the lowly Seattle Kraken. Still, the Ducks are the best bet on the puckline to date with an outstanding 32-17 mark against the spread.
A tough road trip across western Canada begins Wednesday night against the red-hot Flames, a stretch that will see Anaheim play three games in four nights. Having only played one game this month so far, Ducks skaters could be awfully tired by the time they reach Vancouver on Saturday. It’s worth noting that Anaheim is also winless in its last eight games against Western Conference opponents.
Next three games: @ Calgary (Feb. 16), @ Edmonton (Feb. 17), @ Vancouver (Feb. 19)
Best schedule spot: Dallas Stars
Fresh off a huge 4-1 win over the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, Dallas will look to ride the momentum into a favorable stretch of three games against inferior opponents. The Stars are a combined 4-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, and Winnipeg Jets this season, with their only loss coming against Winnipeg in a shootout. With a disappointing 9-12-1 record on the road this season, Dallas will need to find a way to win outside the Lone Star State, with 10 of its next 14 games away from American Airlines Arena.
Next three games: @ Chicago (Feb. 18), @ Arizona (Feb. 20), vs. Winnipeg (Feb. 23)
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