Our NHL consultant provides us with his top four betting values on NHL futures regarding team point totals. Join us in reading this insightful article which includes the four picks in addition to expert analysis on each of those choices.
Best Value on the Board
Columbus Blue Jackets (over/under 84.0 points) on NHL odds -The Blue Jackets currently have 31-points in their first 33-games of the season. They’ve really came on over the past few weeks after getting off to a terrible start. The Blue Jackets began the 2014-2015 NHL campaign by winning only 6 of their first 22-games. Since that time they’ve gone 8-2 and earned 17 of 20-points possible. It must be noted, they were without the services of #1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for an 8-game period due to injury. During that time the Blue Jackets went 1-7 and compiled just 3-points in the standings. Bobrovsky has gone 13-9-2 in 24-starts with a solid .919 save percentage.
NHL Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets over 84.0 points
The Next Best Value
Nashville Predators (over/under 97.5 points)-The Predators are without a doubt in my mind, the biggest early season surprise in the Western Conference. They’re currently 2nd in the Central Division with a record of 22-9-1 for 46-points. They’ve been terrific on home ice (12-2-1), and are a +25 goal differential in their first 34-games. Somehow they’ve managed to succeed despite some rather unimpressive special teams play. Their efficiency rating in special teams of 90.0 is one of the worst in the entire NHL. The goaltending of Pekka Rinner has been superb. Rinne has gone 22-6-1 in 29-starts with a 1.84 GAA and an excellent .934 save percentage. The bad news is that the Predators are 0-3 in the games Rinne hasn’t started, and at this pace he would amass 74-starts during the regular season, and at some point will wear down if that’s the case.
NHL Pick: Nashville Predators under 97.5 points
Worth a Flier
Minnesota Wild (over/under 93.5 points)-The Wild are arguably one of the more frustrating teams to play against. They’ve held opponents to an average of only 26.6 shots on goal per game, and limited them to converting on only 13.4% of their power play chances which ranks 4th best in the NHL. They’ve been slowed a bit by some inconsistent goaltending. However, the combination of Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper suggests that one or both of these proven NHL goaltenders will eventually turn things around.
NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild over 93.5 points
Under the Radar
Calgary Flames (over/under 84.5 points)-The Flames have been a pleasant surprise in the early going. After finishing strong during the 2013-2014 NHL regular season, they carried the momentum into the start of this year. However, they’ve shown signs of decline since the 2nd week of December by losing 8 of their previous 9-games, so keep this in mind when placing your NHL picks. I feel that’s more indicative of the Flames capability as compared to their fast start.
NHL Pick: Calgary Flames under 84.5 points