NHL Season Second Half Betting Preview - Possible Fast or Slow Starts

Doug Upstone

Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 7:50 PM UTC

Hockey returns on January 30th and while it might be crunch time for the playoff contenders, getting off to a good start could set the right tone for the rest of the regular season.

As per usual, some teams will come storming out and others will be left at the gate. Though there is no definitive way of measuring future results, scheduling frequently matters a great deal along with who you have to play. With this mind and trying to survey the landscape for NHL picks, we went over all 31 teams and have six teams that meet our criteria, both good and bad.

Setup for Success (Presumably)

The Boston Bruins are tied for the third most points in the NHL and have arguably been the best team over the past nine weeks with a sparkling 23-7 SU record. They are the top defensive squad and are fourth in scoring, which makes their case as an elite squad. Boston begins the second half on a five-game winning streak and starts with three home games in which they will be favored. The B's should win at Detroit and when hosting Buffalo, with only a trip to Big Apple to face the Rangers a question mark.

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Carolina might be in last place in the Metropolitan Division, yet they are only six points back from reaching second place. The Hurricanes 10-7-4 home record is nothing special, but it could turn into something special, with eight straight contests at PNC Arena. Make or break for Carolina.

Dallas is just six points off the lead in the Central and will have six home ice games in their first eight of the second half. With a sterling 17-8 SU home mark, the Stars can shine and one of the away games is at lowly Arizona.

This Trio Could Labor For Awhile

The New York Rangers are one of the last teams to return to action, beginning on Feb. 1. From that point, the Blueshirts have 10 contests in 18 days. Six of the first nine tilts will be away from MSG and three of the four home confrontations are presently against teams with winning records. In a season filled with uneasiness, this does not help.

Right before the break, San Jose learned one of the long-time stalwarts Joe Thornton will be out an undetermined amount of time because of knee surgery. The Sharks second half starts out East with a five-stop road trip. They begin heading back home on Feb. 5th but first stop in Colorado to take on the Avalanche, who at this time have won eight in a row on home ice.

If you hopped on the Vegas bandwagon early, you have made a bundle of cash on NHL picks backing the Golden Knights. Vegas has the most points in the Western Conference, but they will have an immediate test. VGK has a six-city swing that will take them to Calgary, out East to Washington and end up in San Jose. Picking up six points will not be easy, however, if they do, a seven-game homestand awaits.

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