Tampa Bay has slid a bit of late but remains the best team in the Atlantic Division and in the NHL. Besides the Lightning, what other betting news is there in the Atlantic?
After a hot 4-1 start, Detroit has cooled off like the waters of Lake Michigan with a 0-6 nose dive. The Red Wings offense has been about as hearty as the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings with 13 total goals. Detroit has also played into some bad luck or is lacking in coming through in the clutch with three of these defeats beyond regulation and four of their past seven setbacks in OT or shootouts.
As poor as the Red Wings offense has been, Ottawa's looks like a Christmas tree with one flashing light on it. During the Senators' recent seven-game losing streak they lit the lamp a grand total of nine times. Ottawa missed the text message about scoring being up this season, due in part to more penalties called for hooking and slashing and ranking 27th in power-play percentage is a problem for the Sens.
When is it safe to back either of these clubs for NHL picks, not sure, but it is not now!
Toronto Is Tough On Defenses
After years of being an also-ran, Toronto has assembled a good collection of young talent and added a few veterans in the offseason, looking to be a force not only in the division but make a run the playoffs.
The Maple Leafs met early expectations by flying out of the gate at 6-1, then cooled for a time and have picked it up of late with 9-3 SU surge. When looking over the NHL odds, what makes Toronto so tough besides being 2nd in scoring and above average on special teams, is the fact it already has 11 players with double-digit points. That means there is more than just the Auston Matthews line scoring and the Leafs can come at you in waves.
Is Boston Ready To Make a Run?
After losing eight of 11 from the late stages of October until the middle of November, the Boston Bruins have picked it up by posting a 5-1 SU mark. Their offense is lagging, ranked 25th, yet it has improved and the defense and goaltending have gotten much stronger, making Boston more of a threat.
In their late November victory over Tampa Bay, the B's got back forwards David Backes and Brad Marchand, and almost immediately the Bruins had more offensive line depth. Will it continue, we will have to wait and see, but Boston's future is much rosier than it was a few weeks ago.Bet On NHL Futures At SBR's Top-Rated Sportsbooks