Week Ahead In NHL: Betting Hockey Preview For Nov. 18 To Nov. 24

Doug Upstone

Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:16 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 1:16 PM UTC

After much of the season has gone mostly according to schedule, we are starting to see signs that will make life more challenging for hockey bettors. As if it not hard enough already, recent results have us scratching our heads in bewilderment. Keep reading, we will explain.

The Good

Instead of just covering one team, let's go over three clubs. One makes sense and the other team are, well odd.

After floundering for a good part of the season, Toronto is starting to play as expected. The Maple Leafs have won seven of 10 and have gotten the offense cranked up and they are the No. 2 scoring team in the NHL. Because the offense has drawn so much attention the defense has quietly moved up to the fifth spot in goals allowed. Don't forget, Toronto was the oddsmakers pick to win The Cup and they are making a move right now.

The New York Islanders were supposed to go backward after losing John Tavares. That was going to be a blow they could not overcome. The Islanders have also won seven of 10 and are nipping at the heels of Columbus in the Metropolitan Division. The Isles have not seen the dip in scoring that was projected, and sit at No.6. Where the improvement has come is on the defensive end, where Islanders players are actually playing defense. Credit current winning Stanley Cup coach Barry Trotz for making that happen. At this moment the Isles are the second-best choice for NHL picks.

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A few weeks ago right here we had Detroit listed in the paragraph classification listed right below. We talked about how really bad the Red Wings were and how there was no leadership in the locker room. The front office and coaching staff had to let the younger players, who were eager to take more control of the situation do so. After a bad as it gets 1-10 SU start, Detroit is 8-2 and playing with purpose. And it's not just one facet, the offense is winning higher scoring affairs and the defense is stepping when goals are hard to come by. The one player that needed to take the next step has is Dylan Larkin at the ripe old age of 22. Detroit is not a playoff, but at least they are not "play against" material.

The Bad

Who's the worst bet in the NHL? Pittsburgh. The Penguins have fallen to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and GM Jim Rutherford recently traded a popular player in the locker room, Carl Hagelin, to the L.A. Kings for Tanner Pearson.

Last year the Pens also started slow, but that was after winning back to back Stanley Cups, this has looked different. Eight of their 10 losses have come as favorites, which has buried Pitt backers working the NHL odds.

Maybe the focus will return like last season, but backing the Penguins as -150 or larger favorites is a march to the poor house.

Tasty Rink Betting Tidbits
  • OTTAWA is 13-4 OVER this season.
  • DALLAS is 10-1 in home games when having lost four of their last five games the last three seasons.
  • CHICAGO is 3-11 after playing a game where three or fewer total goals were scored the last two seasons.
  • VANCOUVER is 12-2 OVER after a loss by two goals or more in their previous game the last two seasons.
  • NASHVILLE is 13-2 in November home games the last 3 seasons.
  • COLORADO is 9-2 in home games off a home win by two goals or more the last 2 seasons.
What Lies Ahead - The Schedule

Monday 11/19 - If hockey had a Big Monday, this would be it. We have Columbus at Toronto, Tampa at Nashville and Winnipeg at Vancouver.

Wednesday 11/21 - Both New York teams are exceeding preseason predictions. On this night ,the Rangers make the trip to face the Islanders.

Friday 11/23 - A big card of Black Friday action with several matchups that should be very competitive with middling teams such as Calgary at Vegas included. Also is the afternoon contest with the Rangers at the Flyers.

Saturday 11/24 -

Boston @ Montreal, 6:30 p.m. ET

Philadelphia @ Toronto, 6:30 p.m. ET

Winnipeg @ St. Louis, 6:30 p.m. ET

Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m. ET

Any schedule that has Original Six hated rivals Boston and Montreal is already more than up to par.

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