Handicapping professional shares some interesting betting observations which have transpired recently, and up to this juncture of the season. These statistical facts are good to know when making your future NHL picks.
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Jackets have reeled off 12 straight wins. That marks the best winning streak by any NHL team before January 1st since 1971. During this torrid run, Columbus was a money line favorite in all 12 of those games. As a matter of fact, Columbus hasn't been a money line underdog since 11/26. If you were smart enough to latch onto the Blue Jackets as a money line underdog prior to this massive win streak, it produced very profitable results. Columbus is 9-6 as a money line underdog this season and $100 a game bettors turned a net profit of $607. It's highly unlikely that NHL betting odds will show Columbus as a money line underdog anytime soon.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have lost 3 of their last 4. However, that was preceded by a 10-game winning. Philadelphia is also a superb 10-1 against the money line during their previous 11 home games, and its lone defeat came in an overtime shootout against Nashville.
Best Puck-Line Wager
Montreal Canadians: The Habs are an excellent 22-12 against the puck-line this season. Hypothetically, if you wagered $100 on the puck-line with Montreal this season, you would've realized a net profit of $1827. That success is due in part to 11 of Montreal's 15 home wins coming by 2 goals or more.
Worst Puck-Line Wager
Dallas Stars: It's no secret to avid NHL followers that Dallas has been the most underachieving team at this juncture. That fact is further proven by their horrible 12-23 puck-line record this season. By placing a $100 puck-line wager on Dallas in all their games, it resulted in a bankroll-draining $2174 net loss.
Best Over the Total Wager
Pittsburgh Penguins: Excluding pushes, Pittsburgh has gone 22-9 (71%) over the total this season. Considering they lead the NHL in scoring offense at 3.4 goals per game, and average a robust 35.0 shots on goal per contest, it's easy to see why they've been involved in so many high scoring affairs. Furthermore, the Penguins are #20 in scoring defense and have allowed 2.8 goals per game.
Best Under the Total Wager
San Jose Sharks: Excluding pushes, San Jose games have gone 18-6 (75%) under the total this season. There have also been 10 separate occasions thus far in which the Sharks pushed when there's been a total of 5.0. San Jose is 2nd in scoring defense by allowing 2.2 goals per game, and they're just 20th in NHL scoring at 2.5 goals scored per contest.