Surprise Team Lands in New Top 10 Power Rankings

Dana Lane

Friday, February 16, 2018 4:51 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 4:51 PM UTC

Every Friday, SBR NHL capper Dana Lane releases his power rankings along with season-long betting trends that will help you make the most money. Pittsburgh was No. 1 in the rankings last week. Are the Pens still there?

Let’s tackle the Power Rankings first. This is based on a formula that has produced the last three Stanley Cup champions; it’s not an exact science, but it does reward a team for puck control, quality shots and winning. All statistics as of Feb. 16.

#10 Toronto Maple Leafs (35-19-5, 75 pts, +33 goal differential)

An elite offensive team with a second line of Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner (35 combined points last 10 games) that is better than most teams' No. 1 lines.

#9 Dallas Stars (33-20-4, 70 pts, +24)

Hard to think that defense is now a strength for this team, but that’s what happens when you add Ben Bishop (23-15-3, 2.50, .918) alleviating pressure off Kari Lehtonen (10-5-1, 2.30, .918). Both are getting stronger as the season progresses.

#8 Winnipeg Jets (33-15-9, 75 pts, +29)

The Jets own a dangerous power play unit that’s clicking at a 23.2% clip (3rd). Definitely the best special teams in the West.

#7 Boston Bruins (35-12-8, 78 pts, +52)

Brad Marchand (21-33-53), Patrice Bergeron (27-24-51) and David Pastrnak (21-30-51) are possibly the best line in hockey on a team that can beat you in many ways.

#6 Tampa Bay Lightning (39-16-3, 81 pts, +53)

Hands down the Lightning are the most explosive offense in the league, averaging 3.55 goals per game. I still worry about their penalty kill in the postseason.

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#5 Vegas Golden Knights (38-15-4, 80 pts, +41)

The Knights' top six may only be second to the Lightning but still a little too top heavy. Make no mistake, though, this team will make postseason noise.

#4 San Jose Sharks (31-19-8, 70 pts, +11)

I’m higher on this team than most, but the Sharks' power play units are lethal (22.9%), and you can never underestimate a team that’s been to a Stanley Cup Finals before.

#3 St. Louis Blues (34-21-4, 72 pts, +19)

Team is winning games and still not 100% healthy. The Blues win because they’re defensively responsible. This is the best team in the West.

#2 Carolina Hurricanes (27-22-9, 63 pts, -14)

Surprised? The Canes are 6-2-1 in their last 9 and consistently put pressure on opposing goaltenders. They’re a terrific puck possession team that I anticipate will be a "bet-on" team the rest of the season.

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins (33-22-4, 70 pts, +10)

The two-time defending champions are on a 14-4-1 run ignited by their NHL-best power-play unit (26.6%). The Penguins are just +240 units for puck-line bettors, but that number will go up from here on out.

Betting Trends

The Golden Knights have been the league’s most profitable team with a return on investment of +2178 units, followed by the Colorado Avalanche (+1242), Tampa Bay Lightning (+1213), Boston Bruins (+875) and the Nashville Predators (+737).

Money line home favorites have cashed at a 58.96% rate (398-206-53-18). Home underdogs getting +1.5 are 140-65 (68.29%). The OVER has a slight edge on the UNDER with a 437-430 (50.40%) advantage.

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