SBR NHL analyst Ross Benjamin of RBWINS.COM brings us up to speed on some recent NHL team trends. Do you want to know who’s hot (Capitals) or not (Red Wings)? Here's your week's betting primer.
I'm going to be discussing some notable and pertinent NHL team trends heading in the week of Jan. 16. I'm supremely confident that all information and data provided in this blog, will be a huge help when making your future NHL predictions.
Red Wings Lack Consistency
Detroit is are 1-7 in its last 8 following a win in its previous game, and that includes 0-5 during their previous 5 when cast into that precise role. Since Oct. 26, Detroit has won 2 straight games just 3 times and has failed to capture 3 in a row at any time during that stretch. When NHL betting odds display Detroit as a moneyline favorite after a win in coming weeks, it's worth considering going against them.
The Capitals have won 9 games in a row, and they outscored their opponents by a mammoth 40-11 margin in doing so. Furthermore, Washington held 4 of those previous 9 opponents scoreless. The Capitals' No. 1 goaltender, Braden Holtby, has posted 3 shutouts during his last 5 starts.
Flyers' Road Woes
If the season were to end today, Philadelphia would qualify for the playoffs as an Eastern Conference wild-card team. However, the Flyers have dropped 8 consecutive away games and lost by 2 goals or more on 6 of those occasions. At least for now, fading Philadelphia on the road should be given careful thought when making your NHL picks.
Recent High-Scoring Montreal Games
The Canadiens have seen each of their previous 6 games go 'over' the total. They've also gone 18-9 over the total during the past 2 seasons when facing a team with a win percentage of less than .500.
What's Wrong With Lightning?
Tampa Bay was considered a serious Stanley Cup contender headed into this season. Eventually that may be the case. However, based on the Bolts going 7-16 over their last 23 games, they've hardly looked the part. Since Nov. 21, Tampa Bay has gone an abysmal 1-10 in away games. The Lightning are an awful 2-9 this season when facing Western Conference teams.
Sharks Fly Out Of Starting Gate
San Jose has outscored its opponents by a decisive margin of 39-22 during first periods of games this season. Nevertheless, in periods 2 and 3, the Sharks have been outscored by a combined 46-37.