Best & Worst NHL Picks on Eastern Conference Futures

Ross Benjamin

Monday, October 27, 2014 4:29 PM GMT

Our resident NHL betting odds consultant provides us with his early observations in the Eastern Conference. Join us in reading this insightful article that will surely assist you with your NHL futures selections.

Best Team so Far
Montreal Canadiens:
 The Canadiens have picked up right where they left off a season ago when they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. They’re currently 7-1 against the money line. This club is solid in all phases of the game, despite being in the middle of the pack pertaining to the majority of offensive and defensive categories. The wild card for Montreal is goaltender Carey Price, who silenced the local media critics by putting together the best season of his career a season ago.

 

Biggest Early Surprise
New York Islanders:
 The Islanders are off to a terrific 6-2 start to the season and definitely worth a wager in the NHL futures odds markets. They’re #1 in the NHL right now averaging 3.9 goals per game. The major concern for the Islanders is their defensive play and goaltending. They’re currently 25th in the NHL allowing 3.0 goals per game. If you’re looking to cash in with the Islanders regarding your NHL picks, going over the total in their home games has been the way to go. The Islanders have seen all 4-games at the Nassau Coliseum go over the total, and with an average of 8.3 goals scored per game.

 

Disappointing Starts
Boston Bruins: The Bruins were my preseason pick to once again top the Eastern Conference regular season standings. Despite a lackluster 5-5 start to the season, it hasn’t changed my mind in that regard. You may want to keep an eye on the Bruins money line prices on the road over the next couple of weeks. There’s a good possibility they will undervalued on at least a couple of occasions due to their less than impressive beginning to the season. It’s just a matter of time before they go on a huge winning run.

New York Rangers: Considering their surprising run the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers 4-4 start to the season has been a bit frustrating. It’s not so much their win/loss record that’s been bothersome because it’s still early. The concern is a genuine lack of consistency so far. Star goaltender Henrik Lundquist is off to a slow start to the season, and there’s no doubt it’s been a contributor to the Rangers erratic start. When it’s all said and done, I look for “The Blue Shirts” to be vying for home ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

Early Season Playoff Seeds Prediction

Boston Bruins

New York Rangers

Montreal Canadiens

Pittsburgh Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning

Columbus Blue jackets

New York Islanders

Detroit Red Wings

 

First Four Out

Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs

Washington Capitals

 

Bottom Four

Ottawa Senators

Florida Panthers

Carolina Hurricanes

Buffalo Sabres

Reflect on last week's Future Odds update for the Eastern Conference