NHL analyst Ross Benjamin points out some very profitable betting situations to keep an eye on during this upcoming week. All results posted in this article reflect games played through Sunday 2/26.
The NHL introduced a new concept for the 2016-2017 regular season schedule. All 30 teams would be receiving a league-mandated bye week. Excluding the all-star break, each club will have the luxury of one stretch where they’re given a minimum 5 days off between games.
Speaking of the all-star game, it served as a negotiating tool for the NHL Players Association during this past offseason. The NHLPA agreed to playing 3-on-3 hockey for the entirety of the 2017 all-star game formats, and in exchange, they demanded a regular season bye week for all 30 teams.Fading Teams in First Game Back from Bye
At the time of this writing (2/27), 26 teams had completed their bye week and returned to action. The results were alarming, to say the least. In their first game following their bye week, those teams were a pathetic 6-20 against NHL money line odds.
There are still 4 teams to keep on eye on in this role, and 3 of those clubs (Detroit, Minnesota, & Winnipeg) will play on Tuesday 2/28. Additionally, the Anaheim Ducks are the final team afforded the required bye week, and their first game back from that sabbatical will take place on Wednesday 3/3 when they host Toronto.
Reach for the Stars
Betting on the Dallas Stars to go over the total on home ice has been a good way to make your NHL picks very successful during recent weeks. Dallas has gone over in 12 of their last 13 home games, and that includes each of its previous 8 at the American Airlines Center. The only game that went under the total during that sequence occurred on 1/24 against Minnesota. Dallas lost 3-2, and in doing so barely went under the posted total of 5.5.
High Scoring Road Warriors
The Chicago Blackhawks have remarkably won 9 consecutive road games. Their dynamic goal scoring ability proved to be a vital part of their money making ways during that perfect stretch. Chicago scored 4 goals or more on 8 of those 9 occasions. It should come as no surprise when telling you that Chicago went over the total in 8 of those 9 road contests. As a matter of fact, Chicago has stayed under the total in only 3 of their previous 19 games overall.Compare Stanley Cup Winner Futures From Top Sportsbooks