NHL Betting Trends Watch
Flyers Elevate To Unlikely Streak
Many observers believed that the Flyers were done after suffering a ten-game losing streak, but the team dug deep and raised themselves above the most difficult part of their schedule. Philly defeated the Flames, Oilers and Canucks during a western Canada road swing which consisted of three games in four days.
The Flyers capped their streak off with a solid 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning all four games by two or more goals. Brian Elliott has been clutch, winning four consecutive by allowing two goals or less.
Philadelphia’s biggest challenge over the next couple of weeks will be a home game against the Kings. If the Flyers sustain high-level play, they could put themselves in an advantageous position for the second half of the campaign with an impressive holiday season.
Tampa Bay Displays NHL Supremacy
The Tampa Bay Lightning showed why there shouldn’t be any doubt as to why they’re the best in the NHL. St. Louis hosted the Bolts on Tuesday, ending in a decisive 3-0 win by the Lightning, powered by a Kucherov goal and a Vasilevskiy shutout.
This ended the Blues winning streak and extended Tampa’s run to five games, which includes victories over the Jets, Sharks and Islanders. In addition to leading the league in points, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos rank first and second in the Art Ross trophy race.
St. Louis Blues Are Damn Good Too
Before bumping into the Lightning, the Blues were able to win four games in a week through the performances of Brayden Schenn and Jake Allen, who were named the number one and two stars of the week.
St. Louis already has five winnings streaks of at least three games this season, proving an ability to bounce back from difficult losses. Don’t let Tampa’s big win over the Blues dissuade you from selecting them this week, especially during their Canadian road swing.
Jets Best Puckline Home Team In NHL
Winnipeg’s the top team at home in the western conference, earning a fantastic 11-2-1 record at Bell MTS Place. Tampa Bay may have the best home record, winning one more game than the Jets, but the way Winnipeg storms opponents in Manitoba is a sight to behold.
Over their last five home games, the Jets have won by an average margin of four goals, including wins against Vegas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vancouver and Ottawa. Their next couple of home games include bouts against Chicago and St. Louis, which should yield at least one solid puckline result this week.
Dip In Scoring Across The League
A couple of weeks ago, the average goals scored by an NHL team was just above three per game. Over the past two weeks, this number dipped to 2.99 goals per game, signifying a strong downwards trend for scoring. Over the past week, teams have recorded seven shutouts, contributing to this trend.
Since overall scoring is down, you should remain cautious when betting on totals over the next couple of weeks. There’s a good chance that lower scoring will remain for the rest of the season as teams improve their defensive coverage and adjust to the opposition’s best point producers.
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