Our trend report is designed to point you in the right direction to begin the daily handicapping process. Today's edition brings you the standout games for today's NHL slate.
Trends for December 16th, NHL Card
So we may change this around from time to time but an aspect of wagering that could help simplify how to make some early wagers is paying attention to trends. As we've said in many write-ups, we don't want to put too much emphasis into what happened for the last 76 games but a strong recent sample size can give you a proper starting point. Please keep in mind that no matter which trend is pointed out, it's not based on my personal betting opinion.
The Islanders are in the middle of a glaring trend that has seen them drop 17 of their last 21 games against the Eastern Conference. More recently New York is 5-7-3 against the East. There is a case to made for the 'under' as bettors have cashed five of six tickets with three 'pushes' when Buffalo comes into the game with two days rest.
The Kings have won 12 of their last 17 when playing back to back games while the Penguins have dropped 9 of their last 12 Friday games. Pittsburgh is on an amazing run of 19 'over' in their last 26 games with two 'pushes'. To strengthen that trend the 'under' is 4-1-4 head to head.
The Sharks have won nine of their last 12 games as they try to hand the Canadiens their first back to home losses. The Canadiens have won 21 of their last 31 games and 24 of their last 33 home games. The home team in this series is a strong 15-3.
The Capitals have been a solid play when getting two days rest as they've cashed 11 of their last 16 games in this situation. The Hurricanes have dropped five of their last six games and considering the Caps have beaten Carolina seven of their last 10 meetings the 'Canes may not be the side I would focus on.