Betting Overview of the Metropolitan Division

Doug Upstone

Friday, December 8, 2017 2:43 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 2:43 PM UTC

As we take another look into the happenings of the NHL's Metropolitan Division, the most notable aspect is nobody in this division is playing poorly other than Philadelphia at this juncture.

The Flyers are 3-10 in their most recent games ,and despite how badly they played during 10-game losing streak on the non-wagering side they still picked up points in half those setbacks coming beyond regulation.

For those making NHL picks, it has been hard to find fault with any other Metropolitan squad, as the rest of the teams in the division have posted winning record in the most recent outings if you make the parameters at least 10 games (as of Dec. 8).

Divisional Race Is On

Almost everyone more than holding their own, the Metropolitan has the tightest division race with six teams within four points of each other. What this could mean is that if any club has a hot streak of say 5-0 or 0-5, it could rise or fall very quickly.

Two teams that have are attention at the moment are Washington and the New York Rangers. Both got off to slows starts, with the Capitals at 4-6 SU and the Blueshirts far worse at 1-7. Both have rebounded nicely with Washington on a 6-1 run and with a +8 goal differential in those contests, and the Rangers rolling at 12-3 with a +18 goal differential.

Pittsburgh Has To Solve Defense and Road Woes

Pittsburgh has shown a few signs of getting its act back together as the two-time Stanley Cup champions, and no matter how poorly they are playing the last thing this team is going to do is panic in early December. At home, the Penguins have been at ease with a 10-4 SU record. The defense remains an issue, ranked 24th in goals allowed.

What Pittsburgh has to fix is being tougher, smarter and not so loose defensively on the road, where the Pens are 6-10 SU and have a ghastly -23 goal differential thanks to three October drubbings by six or more goals. When reviewing the NHL odds on the Pens on the road, backing them could make one feel queasy.

NY Islanders Need Quicker Substitutions

Islanders fans in attendance at games or watching on some device have two distinct emotions. When the Isles have the puck, they are happy and excited, since they are watching the second-best scoring team in the league. When the opponent has the black rubber sphere, they quickly get a sick feeling in there stomach or they just have to look away with their team 27th in goals allowed.

The same ends being true when penalties are called with the Islanders having the No. 8 power play and No. 29 penalty-killing unit. So why should hockey bettors be concerned about super scoring, no defensive club, when they are to cash tickets with New York 18-8-1 OVER?

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