Stanley Cup Playoffs Handicapping Methods & NHL Betting Advice

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:32 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016 10:32 PM UTC

Our NHL handicapping professional shares some of his successful handicapping methods that have more than passed the test of time to help you with your Stanley Cup Playoffs picks.

<p style="text-align:center;"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=32464" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>About the Writer/NHL Handicapper</strong><br /> Ross Benjamin proved once again why he’s one of the most successful NHL handicappers in the world during last season’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/expert-shares-nhl-playoffs-betting-tips-ahead-first-round-games/71408/" target="_blank" title="Expert Shares NHL Playoffs Betting Tips Ahead Of First Round Games">Stanley Cup Playoffs</a>. Ross’ transparency is why he’s such a highly respected handicapper and writer in an industry littered with fraudulent individuals. Below are the results of his pay selections that were verified and documented by an independent highly credible source in the sports handicapping industry.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 34-20-0 (62.96%)  (+1,552.00 Units)</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <thead> <tr> <th style="width:107px;"> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Date</strong></span></span></p> </th> <th> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Picks</strong></span></span></p> </th> <th style="width:52px;"> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Profit</strong></span></span></p> </th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 15, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 under +110 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+110</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 13, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks +110 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+110</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 10, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Total +5.5 over +122 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 08, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Total +5.5 under -127 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 06, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Tampa Bay Lightning -123 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Jun 03, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 under +130 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+130</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 30, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks +116 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+116</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 29, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers -155 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-155</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 27, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks -139 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 26, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers +118 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+118</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 25, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks +125 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 24, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers -130 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-130</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 23, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 un +122 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 22, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers +118 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+118</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 21, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks -135 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-135</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 20, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 over +125 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+125</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 19, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks +110 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+110</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 18, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: Total +4.5 over -119 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 17, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks</strong><br /> Take: Anaheim Ducks -128 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 16, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: Tampa Bay Lightning +122 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 13, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers -150 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 12, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Total +4.5 ov -139 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 10, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs Washington Capitals</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers +101 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+101</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 09, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 over +130 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 08, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames</strong><br /> Take: Total +5.5 over +112 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+112</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 07, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Montreal Canadiens +145 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+145</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 06, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Washington Capitals</strong><br /> Take: Total +4.5 ov -134 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-134</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 06, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Montreal Canadiens +134 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 04, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Washington Capitals</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers -102 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-102</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 03, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Montreal Canadiens -124 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-124</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">May 01, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Tampa Bay Lightning +115 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+115</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 30, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 un -117 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 29, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Detroit Red Wings +166 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 27, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Islanders vs. Washington Capitals</strong><br /> Take: NY Islanders +125 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 26, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators</strong><br /> Take: Ottawa Senators -110 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-110</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 25, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders</strong><br /> Take: NY Islanders -124 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 24, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Ottawa Senators +155 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+155</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 23, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators</strong><br /> Take: Nashville Predators -112 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 23, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings</strong><br /> Take: Detroit Red Wings -109 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-109</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 22, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators</strong><br /> Take: Ottawa Senators -107 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 22, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</strong><br /> Take: Pittsburgh Penguins +105 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 21, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders</strong><br /> Take: Washington Capitals +119 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+119</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 21, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings</strong><br /> Take: Detroit Red Wings +100 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 20, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</strong><br /> Take: NY Rangers -115 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 19, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 un +126 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 19, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators</strong><br /> Take: Ottawa Senators -130 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-130</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 19, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders</strong><br /> Take: NY Islanders -135 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 18, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Minnesota Wild vs. St Louis Blues</strong><br /> Take: Minnesota Wild +130 <strong>(Loss)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>-100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 17, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 un +122</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Push</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 17, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 over -113</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Push</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 16, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Minnesota Wild vs. St Louis Blues</strong><br /> Take: Minnesota Wild +125 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+125</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 16, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning</strong><br /> Take: Detroit Red Wings +150 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+150</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 16, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Pittsburgh Penguins vs. NY Rangers</strong><br /> Take: Total +5 un +105 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+105</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 15, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators</strong><br /> Take: Chicago Blackhawks +102 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+102</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 15, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens</strong><br /> Take: Montreal Canadiens -135 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+100</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apr 15, 2015</span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>NY Islanders vs. Washington Capitals</strong><br /> Take: NY Islanders +115 <strong>(Win)</strong></span></span></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>+115</strong></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>NHL Special Team Efficiency Ratings</strong><br /> One of the key components that I’ve incorporated when handicapping the NHL is using what I refer to as special team ratings. The equation is quite simple. I take the percentage of times that a specific team converts on their power play attempts, and add that number to the percentage in which they kill off power play chances against them.</p> <p>Example: During the 2015-2016 NHL regular season campaign, Washington converted on 21.9% of their power play opportunities, and also killed off 85.1% of their power play chances against them. By adding those two numbers up, the Capitals ended the regular season with a 107.0 special team efficiency rating, and that ranked #1 in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/nhl-playoffs-betting-trends-consider-eastern-conference-series/71480/" target="_blank" title="NHL Playoffs Betting Trends To Consider For Eastern Conference Series">Eastern Conference</a>. It’s by no coincidence that Washington won the 2015-2016 President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the most regular season points. The old sports handicapping adage of “numbers don’t lie and liars don’t figure” certainly is prophetic in this particular instance.</p> <p>I’ve illustrated the conference rankings below for all sixteen teams that qualified for the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Eastern Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Washington</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">107.0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Pittsburgh</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">102.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Islanders</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">102.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Detroit</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">100.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Tampa Bay</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">99.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Philadelphia</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">99.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Rangers</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">96.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Florida</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">96.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Western Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Anaheim</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">110.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">St. Louis</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">106.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">3</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/stars-shine-odds-favorites-win-western-conference-title/71468/" target="_blank" title="Stars To Shine As Odds Favorites To Win The Western Conference Title">Dallas</a></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">104.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">San Jose</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">103.0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Chicago</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">102.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Los Angeles</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">101.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">Nashville</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">100.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Minnesota</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">96.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Even Strength Rating</strong><br /> This statistic is exactly the same as a NHL player’s plus/minus rating, except it’s calculated for each individual team. This specific rating is calculated by taking how many goals a team has scored at even strength, and subtracting their goals against at even strength.</p> <p>A couple of personal noteworthy observations I’d like to share. I’ve already alluded to Special Teams efficiency ratings earlier in this article. When looking back at that specific topic, you’ll notice Anaheim wasn’t only tops in the Western Conference with a rating of 110.2, but also led all NHL playoff teams pertaining to that category. However, the Ducks even strength number of +4 ranks 7th out of eight <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/nhl-betting-trends-note-ahead-western-conference-playoffs/71481/" target="_blank" title="NHL Betting Trends To Note Ahead Of Western Conference Playoffs">Western Conference</a> playoff teams, and is also tied for 13<sup>th</sup> in comparison to all 16 participants competing during these 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Below are the even strength numbers and rankings of all 16 NHL postseason participants.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Eastern Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Washington</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+43</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Florida</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+40</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">3</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Rangers</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+31</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Pittsburgh</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+28</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Tampa Bay</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+23</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Islanders</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Philadelphia</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Detroit</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">-8</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p align="center"><strong>Western Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Los Angeles</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+35</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Dallas</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+28</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">3</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">San Jose</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+15</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">St. Louis</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+13</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Chicago</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Minnesota</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+5</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">Anaheim</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">+4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Nashville</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">+1</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Power Index Number</strong><br /> My power index is calculated by simply taking a team’s special team efficiency rating, and adding it to their even strength number. By doing so, it provides me with an accurate assessment of a team’s overall performance. In this particular instance, it’s indicative of a team’s entire regular season power number heading into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This category has become a substantial handicapping asset when making my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/" target="_blank" title="Free NHL Picks From Top Handicappers">NHL picks</a>.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p align="center"><strong>Eastern Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Washington</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">150.0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Florida</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">136.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">3</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Pittsburgh</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">130.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Rangers</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">127.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Tampa Bay</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">122.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">NY Islanders</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">111.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Philadelphia</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">103.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Detroit</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">92.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Western Conference</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rank</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Team</strong></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Rating</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">1</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Los Angeles</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">136.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">2</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Dallas</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">133.4</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">3</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">St. Louis</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">119.6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">4</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">San Jose</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">118.8</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">5</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Anaheim</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">114.2</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">6</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Chicago</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">111.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">7</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">Nashville</p> </td> <td style="height:3px;"> <p style="text-align:center;">101.9</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">8</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">Minnesota</p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align:center;">101.4</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Goaltending at Crunch Time</strong><br /> Factoring goaltending into the NHL Playoffs handicapping equation never should be taken lightly. Conversely, it also may be the most inexact science of them all. Goaltenders are like NFL field goal kickers, they’re a rare breed, and sometimes their current confidence level trumps all other statistical aspects. After all, goaltenders that reach the NHL level are an accomplishment in itself. All of them possess the physical ability to get hot for extended periods of time. However, doing so at this time of year has just as much to do what’s above the neck than below it. Let’s take a look at some specific examples below.</p> <p>There’s no doubt that Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury has been a top five NHL goaltender during recent years. He’s regularly put up extremely impressive regular season numbers. The problem with Fleury, he’s succumbed to playoff pressure during the past few years, and dramatically underachieved. Pittsburgh enters the playoffs as arguably the hottest team in the NHL. However, if Fleury can’t carry over his stellar regular season form into the playoffs, Pittsburgh will be faced with the prospects of yet another early exit. Additionally, he missed the latter part of the regular season recovering from a concussion.</p> <p>The Washington Capitals (+350) are a clear cut favorite to win the Stanley Cup according to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/" target="_blank" title="Compare Live HNL Odds At Sportsbook Review">NHL odds</a> at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4483&amp;book=TheGreek" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play &amp; Win at The Greek">The Greek</a>. Their goaltender Braden Holtby has developed into one of the best in the world. He doesn’t come with the notoriety of a Henrik Lundquist, Jonathan Quick, or Corey Crawford. However, Holtby was excellent during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Holtby is also coming off a terrific 2015-2016 regular season that saw him go 49-17 (.742) in 66 starts, and he compiled a stellar .922 save percentage.</p> <p>Speaking of Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford, these guys have been there and done that. Crawford has won two Stanley Cups while being the main backstop for Chicago in 2013 and 2015. He’s also been to the Western Conference Finals in each of the past three seasons. Jonathan Quick captured hockey’s most coveted trophy with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. Quick also was in goal for three straight Western Conference Finals appearances by Los Angeles from 2012 to 2015. Those experiences can never be ignored or undervalued at this juncture of the season.</p>
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