With the NHL having its holiday break and many teams soon to reach the halfway point of their 82-game regular season schedule, let’s take a look at the updated ‘over/under’ NHL betting leaders around the league.
At 24-10-3, the Ottawa Senators have easily been the top ‘over’ team – especially on the road, where they are 13-3-1. The Sens weren’t expected to be very good this season after trading star defenseman Erik Karlsson to San Jose, and Ottawa is last in the Atlantic Division and with a conference-worst goal differential of minus-26. Only one team has allowed more than Ottawa’s 144 goals: Chicago with 145. Craig Anderson has been a pretty good netminder the pat few years but has a GAA of 3.58.
The Sens also have been surprisingly solid on offense, ranking 11th in the league in goals per game at 3.19. Seven guys have at least 20 points, with Mark Stone leading with 40. Shoot, the team hasn’t even missed Karlsson much because Thomas Chabot has been a breakout star this year with 37 points. That’s No. 2 among defenseman to Toronto’s Morgan Rielly.
The Sharks (22-16) and Devils (21-11-3) have also been terrific ‘over’ teams. San Jose ranks eighth in scoring a 3.26 goals per game but 16th in GAA at 2.95. Those numbers are usually flipped. Four Sharks have at least 30 points, led by Logan Couture’s 36. New Jersey isn’t very good offensively (2.91 gpg, 18th in the league) but shockingly bad in net (3.51 GAA).
Former Devils No. 1 goalie Cory Schneider has been an abject disaster at 0-5-1 with a 4.66 GAA. Schneider has lost 18 consecutive decisions (0-15-3) since his last win on Dec. 27, 2017. That’s the longest winless streak by a goaltender in the shootout era. Schneider is currently on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, Carolina (12-23-0) and the New York Islanders (12-20-3) have the fewest ‘over’ wins. The Hurricanes rank 28th in scoring at 2.54 goals per game. The only player with more than 30 points is Sebastian Aho (38). The goaltending, though, has been pretty good with Curtis McElhinney (picked up on waivers from Leafs), Petr Mrazek and Scott Darling.
The Islanders are putting up 2.83 goals per game and were expected to take a step back offensively after losing franchise player John Tavares in free agency to Toronto. The Isles don’t have a player with 30 points or any with more than 13 goals. They also have gotten good goaltending from their duo of Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss. Tavares, incidentally, will play the Islanders for the first time with the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.