This season has started a lot like last season with the Sharks and Wings leading the NHL.
The most surprising team in the East has been Boston (12-3-4) with goalie Tim Thomas (1.78 GAA) helping put the Bruins on top in the Northeast. The head-turners in the West are the Stars (6-9-3), now bottom-feeders in the Pacific.
Although anyone can beat anyone on any given night on the ice, certain trends do occur and can be a big aid in betting hockey.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
Thrashers at Capitals: Atlanta thrashed (7-4) Caps on Opening Night so revenge factors apply here. CAPITALS, OVER.
Blackhawks at Stars: SJ 4-0 vs Chicago LY, all 1-goal games. Young Hawks on the up but Sharks stalk in the Tank (11-0-1). SHARKS. (BE$T BET$)
Thursday, Nov. 27
Flames at Canucks: Thanksgiving night serves up the western Canadian clash of Kiprusoff and Luongo, who November has been good to. Vancouver 5-2 vs LY, 3-1 at home. CANUCKS.
Friday. Nov. 28
Islanders at Bruins: B’s 3-1 vs LY, 2-0 in Beantown. Isles (46-56 GF-GA) slow start just may last all season. BRUINS.
Lightning at Wild: Who’s given up more goals (36) than Minny? Nobody. Wild won 3-2 in only meeting LY and TB doesn’t travel well. WILD.
Jackets at Wings: Columbus is always feisty. Detroit 5-3 vs LY, 3-1 in Hockeytown. Don’t lay over -250. RED WINGS.
Sharks at Stars: NHL’s best (17-3-1) so far went 3-1 at Big D LY and Stars now a shell of their former selves. SHARKS.
Saturday, Nov. 29
Oilers at Blues: Dog time. Edmonton 3-1 vs LY (all 1-goal games), 2-0 in St. Louis. Do Oilers ever play at home? OILERS.
Devils at Penguins: NJ down a tad and Pitt (12-5-3) fighting NYR in Atlantic, needs home wins. PENGUINS.
Sharks at Coyotes: How ‘bout that Setoguchi? (Team-high 22 pts, 11G/11A). SJ a sick 9-2-2 L13 vs desert dogs, outscoring them 48-24. Jaws eats cactus. SHARKS.
Sunday, Nov. 30
Panthers at Rangers: NY is playing as a team sans Jagr while Florida is sleeping in Southeast basement. RANGERS.
Monday, Dec. 1
Preds at Sabres: It’s December already? OMG. Just 25 days until Christmas. Buffalo won 8-4 only mtg LY and Nashville average on the road (5-7-1). SABRES.
Avalanches at Wild: Colorado improving but Backstrom (1.99 GAA, 100% SO save pct) a near impenetrable force between the pipes. WILD.