Week of Feb. 12 Betting Edge: Flyers Among Hot Teams

David Schwab

Monday, February 12, 2018 5:20 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 5:20 PM UTC

The top NHL players are not in the 2018 Winter Olympics, so it is business as usual when it comes to betting on the games. Heading into the start of the stretch run to this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the following are a few hot betting teams right now.

Eastern Conference Betting Edge

The hottest betting team at Bookmaker in the East has also been the top team on the ice all season long. With back-to-back victories at home against Vancouver and Los Angeles this past weekend as heavy favorites on the closing moneyline, the Tampa Bay Lightning improved their overall betting return to plus $984 on a $100 wager. They have also been a very balanced bet at plus $477 at home on a record of 19-5-1 and plus $507 on a road record of 19-9-2.

Both Boston and Toronto are keeping things close in the Atlantic Division with identical 8-2 records over their last 10 games. Tampa Bay leads the NHL in total points (79) heading into this week’s action, but the Bruins are just three points off the pace with the Maple Leafs eight points back in the standings.

The hottest betting team in the Metro Division has been Washington with a plus $503 return on a moneyline bet, but the Capitals have not been that attractive to NHL bettors lately at 4-3-3 in their last 10 games. This has opened the door for a pair of Pennsylvania teams to tighten things up. The Pittsburgh Penguins are four points back with 66 and the Philadelphia Flyers' current four-game winning streak has them in third place with 65 total points. Betting the Flyers in those four games would have returned plus $491 on a $100 wager.

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— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 12, 2018

Western Conference Betting Edge

The biggest surprise in the NHL this season has been the elevated play of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Their season-to-date return dropped $208 with Sunday’s 4-1 home loss to Philadelphia. However, this is by far the league’s most profitable team at plus $2,023 behind a record of 35-15-4. This was just their fourth loss at home in 25 games to produce a return of plus $1144. Vegas has returned plus $879 on the road this season with a record of 17-11-2.

The Knights have an eight-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division title race with 55 total games played. They have also been a good team to bet on the total line since mid-January with the total going OVER in eight of their last 11 games. Next to Las Vegas, the next best road team in the Pacific has been the Calgary Flames with a plus $755 return as opposed to a minus $658 loss at home.

The Colorado Avalanche have been the top betting team in the Central Division with a solid return of plus $1219 despite the fact they are second-to-last in the standings at 30-21-4 and nine points off the pace set by the Nashville Predators. One of the main reasons for this betting anomaly is the fact that the Avalanche have closed as underdogs in 45 of their first 55 games. They have made all their money at home with a record of 19-7-1.

Nashville is 33-12-9 overall and another balanced betting team with a plus $370 return at home while going 18-5-3. The Predators are 15-7-6 on the road to produce a moneyline return of plus $218. At 33-12-9 through their first 54 games, they are in a tooth-and-nail battle with Winnipeg, St. Louis and Dallas in the division with five points separating first from fourth.

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