High/Low 5: Among Teams to Watch This Week, Fade Habs

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Dana Lane

Friday, March 23, 2018 2:27 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 2:27 PM GMT

Let’s take a break from our scorching-hot NHL Plays of the Day to give you a heads up on some teams that are good or bad betting options this upcoming week. Guess which side Montreal is on ....

Here are the teams -- some good this season, some bad -- worth a follow for NHL betting over the next seven days. All statistics entering play Friday.

Columbus Blue Jackets (42-28-5, 89 pts, +8)

Streak: 10-0-0,+20; Up next: 3/24 vs St. Louis, 3/27 at Edmonton, 3/29 at Calgary

The Jackets shut out the Florida Panthers, 4-0, on Thursday for their 10th consecutive victory. John Tortorella’s team is still hanging on to the 3rd spot in the Metropolitan Division. If anyone is going to make noise in the postseason it’s because they have reliable goaltending, which the Jackets do. Sergei Bobrovsky has now won seven straight decisions, allowing just 13 goals during that streak. With three straight games against teams out of the postseason picture, it may be a good time to ride the streak.

San Jose Sharks (42-23-9, 93 pts, +25)

Streak: 6-0-0, +13; Up Next: 3/24 vs Calgary, 3/26 at Chicago, 3/27 at St. Louis

With Thursday's win against the Vegas Golden Knights, 2-1, the Sharks now have some clear sailing. With the next three against teams out of the race, it’s time to get some Sharks money. Two of their next three are on the road, which is always good because their number will be a little diluting whereas if they played these games at the SAP Center you would pass because the number would be too big.

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Dallas Stars (38-28-8, 84 pts, +11)

Streak: 0-6-0, -9; Up next: 3/23 vs Boston, 3/25 vs Vancouver, 3/27 vs Philadelphia

The Stars are finally back at home after a horrific road trip (0-4-2) that has seen them fade from the playoff race as they trail the Anaheim Ducks for the last wild-card spot. Their first home game against the Bruins is critical after offseason moves that many said would put them in contention for a Stanley Cup. Play against Dallas in the upcoming week, especially if they lose to Boston. Plus-money opportunities in the next three going against Ken Hitchcock’s team.

Chicago Blackhawks (30-36-9, 69 pts, -22)

Streak: 0-5-0, -14; Up Next: 3/24 at New York Islanders, 3/26 vs San Jose, 3/29 vs Winnipeg

How the mighty have fallen. This time last year we talked about the Blackhawks clinching a playoff spot and leading the West, but we know now it was just holding the door open for the Nashville Predators to walk in to claim the conference title. The Blackhawks still have the respect of the bookmakers so you won’t see the Hawks as a +200 dog, but there certainly will be puck-line go-against betting opportunities with the Sharks and Jets coming up.

Montreal Canadiens (26-36-12, 64 pts, -52)

Streak: 1-7-2 -18; Up next: 3/23 at Buffalo, 3/24 vs Washington, 3/26 vs Detroit

The Canadiens are turning over the soil and are letting some of their young prospects get a look. I expect Claude Julien to give guys like Mike Reilly, Brett Lernout, and Nikita Scherbak to get extended ice time, especially against the Sabres. I know the race for Rasmus Dahlin is on for Buffalo, but I’d go against the Habs in every game this week starting with that one.

So there’s a good head start on your handicapping for the upcoming week, but remember don’t ever play a game that requires you to lay more than -150. If you find yourself in that position, then you should look toward the puck line.

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