Betting News and Notes in Stanley Cup Playoffs Thus Far

Ross Benjamin

Monday, April 17, 2017 10:05 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 17, 2017 10:05 PM UTC

NHL handicapper Ross Benjamin discusses what has transpired during the first 5 days of Stanley Cup Playoff action. Do you want to know who the hottest goaltenders are and much more? 

Profitable Road Teams

So much for home-ice advantage, as road teams have gone a very respectable 10-10 during the first 5 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That win percentage of .500 doesn’t tell the whole story regarding money line betting. Hypothetically, if you wagered to win $100 on money line road favorites and risked $100 on money line road underdogs, it resulted in a profit of $739 to this point. The NHL betting odds used to calculate those numbers were courtesy of Bookmaker.


Low-Scoring Games Continue

The first day of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 12 saw 5 games scheduled. Those contests resulted in 4 going 'under' the total, and the other ending in a push. Since that time, nothing much has changed as and games have gone 8-4-3 'under' the total. Putting these low-scoring affairs into perspective, only 4 of 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games played thus far have gone 'over' the total. Recently we’ve witnessed a public betting trend heavily leaning toward going 'under' the total, and that’s a rare occurrence pertaining to any sports wagering. Buyer beware when making NHL picks, as it’s a matter of time before these results begin to at least somewhat level off or possibly even take a radical turn.

 Hot Goaltenders

Edmonton’s Cam Talbot has posted shutouts in 2 of the Oilers first 3 games against San Jose. The former New York Rangers goaltender has compiled a superb .956 save percentage in those outings by stopping 80 of 83 shots on goal.

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne has posted shutouts in each of the first 2 games of their series against Chicago. What was even more impressive is those efforts came on the road, and against an opponent (Chicago) that was an NHL 9th best in goals per game (2.9 GPG) during regular action. Rinne has now collected a brilliant .975 save percentage and posted 3 shutouts over his last 5 starts.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen hasn’t accounted for any shutouts in his 3 Stanley Cup Playoff starts. Nevertheless, he’s been magnificent so far, and is a major reason why St. Louis has taken a commanding 3-0 series lead against Minnesota. Allen has stopped 114 of 117 shots on goal through the first 3 games, and that equates to a tremendous .974 save percentage.

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