The final stretch of NHL regular season action is upon us. SBR hockey analyst Ross Benjamin brings us up to speed with the most pertinent team trends to assist you in making your NHL picks.
The New Jersey Devils have gone an atrocious 4-23 this season when playing with same season revenge. The Devils are 2-16 in their last 18 games, and that includes losing 8 straight on the road. As of Friday, 3/31, New Jersey still has 3 regular season away games remaining to play against the Islanders, Flyers, and Red Wings. The game at Detroit (4/9) is their regular season finale, and I would keep a keen eye on NHL betting odds when that time arrives. I would anticipate Detroit being a reasonably priced money line home favorite in that matchup.
Go Habs Go!
The Montreal Canadiens are heating up at the most opportune time. Montreal is 12-4 in their last 16 games overall, and that includes 7-1 during its previous 8 on the road. It’s worth noting, considering the Canadiens recent success away from home, Montreal will begin a 3-game in 5-day road trip at Tampa Bay on Saturday 4/1. You may want to seriously consider using Montreal as one of your NHL picks over the next several days.
Stars Monumental Struggles Against Winning Teams
This has been an extremely disappointing season for the Dallas Stars. After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 6 years last spring, Dallas has arguably been the most underachieving team in the NHL this season. That’s especially been the case when they’ve faced quality teams. As a matter of fact, Dallas is 10-26 this season when playing against opponents with a win percentage of better than .500. Even worse than that is their 0-11 record against teams with a win percentage parameter of .510 to .600.Jackets Low Scoring Games Versus the West
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been involved in a plethora of low-scoring affairs against Western Conference teams this season. Specifically, Columbus is 18-6 (75%) under the total during this 2016-2017 NHL regular season campaign during non-conference games.Sharks Intriguing Totals Record in Division Games
The San Jose Sharks have played 25 games thus far against fellow Pacific Division teams. Incredibly, San Jose went over the total in just 1 of those 25 games. Nevertheless, I must point out that 15 of those 25 contests pushed against the total of 5.0, and only 9 of them stayed under.
Note: All statistical data provided in this article reflects games played through Thursday 3/30.
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