With about one in four NHL games going to OT or a SO, it’s good to know who is best after 60 minutes of ice-time and it seems the East teams are shining the most.
Here’s the Top 5 to start the season (W-L-SOL): NY Rangers (10-1-1), Devils (7-1-2), Penguins (6-1-3), Wings (6-4) and Flyers (6-4-2). So just beware when betting against Lundqvist and the Blueshirts.
Tuesday, Dec. 23
Bruins at Devils (Versus): East’s beast automatic go-on while on roll (9-1 L10). BRUINS.
Lightning at Penguins: TB has least wins (7), most OT losses (9). PENGUINS.
Blues at Wings: Osgood 1 GPG off last season’s stellar numbers but Blues no road warriors (5-10-1). WINGS.
Hurricanes at Wild: Minny’s offense has second least goals (84) in West, but pride at home. UNDER.
Canucks at Sharks: Record-setting start by SJ combined with Luongo’s absence (rib injury) makes this easy. SHARKS.
Wednesday, Dec. 24
South Pole vs. North Pole: Even with netminder Santa away on business, North has Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen – and elves make better sticks. NORTH POLE.
Friday, Dec. 26
Sabres at Capitals: Washington wins at home (13-1-1) and Buffalo average record- (16-13-4) and point-wise (94 GF, 94 GA). CAPITALS.
Oilers at Canucks: Vancouver also wins at home (9-4-1) and just signed Sundin. CANUCKS.
Stocking Stuffers: THRASHERS OVER, PREDATORS OVER.
Sat, Dec. 27
Islanders at Sabres: Isles may be NHL’s worst. SABRES.
Bruins at Hurricanes: B’s have scored most (118) goals and given up least (74) in East. BRUINS.
Devils at Rangers: Historically low-scoring series saw 13 goals Dec. 12. OVER.
Sharks at Blues: SJ 12-2 L14 vs. St. Louie, winning eight straight. SHARKS. (BE$T BET$)
Sunday, Dec. 28
Bruins at Thrashers: B’s stung Atlanta 4-2 eight days ago. BRUINS.
Leafs at Capitals: Toskala will be tested by Ovechkin, Semin and Washington. CAPITALS.
Senators at Canucks: Ottawa in second night of BTB western road weekend. CANUCKS.
Monday, Dec. 29
Islanders at Rangers (Versus): NYI plays Blueshirts tough but with an NHL-high 120 GA? RANGERS.
Sharks at Stars: This team wins on the road (9-4-1) too. SHARKS.