It has been a highly unusual start to the NHL season. We can expect a few twists and turns we did not see coming; however, this has been like a Shonda Rhimes TV show to this point in October.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights were given credit for doing a good job in their assembling squad and working the expansion draft, but SBR's top-rated sportsbooks still had them will the lowest 'over/under' figure on points for this season, which made sense. What happens? The Golden Knights win five of their first six contests.
Edmonton is favored to win the Pacific and started 2-4. Montreal and the New York Rangers are considered playoff teams, and they began 1-6 SU and 1-7 SU, respectively. New Jersey is supposed to be in total rebuild mode, and the Devils opened 6-1 and were sitting atop the Metropolitan Division.
Over the last several years, hockey favorites of -180 or higher have been a solid wager. Yes, the losses are painful and often hard to take, but because like in baseball you can utilize the truly better team and it does not have the randomness of pitching and lineup changes.
To begin a new campaign, those making NHL picks with these squads are getting hammered. These big faves are only 5-8 thru Oct. 19, and they have lost 11.05 units in just 13 games. That requires a 12-game winning streak from these types of teams just to get back in the black.
This will change as the year goes ahead, but you have been warned!