See spot. See spot bet: This week's best NHL spot bet opportunities

Jan 13, 2014 |
Edmonton could be walking into a letdown spot against Dallas.
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Edmonton could be walking into a letdown spot against Dallas.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots.

Covers Expert Sean Murphy points out the best spot bet opportunities on the NHL schedule this week:

Letdown spot

The Edmonton Oilers pulled off a shocking win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night and then packed their bags for a trip to Chicago to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks two nights later.

This isn't a classic letdown spot, as the Oilers will have had a full day off to regroup, but I'm thinking we'll see a less-than-inspired effort from the young Oilers as they head to Dallas to counter the Stars Tuesday night. Road wins haven't come easy for the Oilers and I suspect they'll be in tough against a sneaky-good opponent in this spot.

Lookeahead spot

Calgary is reeling right now and things won't get any easier Monday night as the Flames face the surging Hurricanes in Carolina. A better opportunity for Calgary to snap its losing streak awaits Tuesday, when it makes a stop in Nashville to take on the struggling Predators.

A trip to Carolina doesn't serve as a strong motivational spot for Western Conference squads at the best of times. While the Flames should be getting up for every game out of sheer desperation, they might just be a no-show in this non-conference tilt Monday.

Schedule spot

This isn't going to be an easy week for the New Jersey Devils. After defeating the Panthers in Florida Saturday, they traveled to Toronto to face the Leafs in a quick turnaround Sunday. After that it's on to Montreal for a date with the Habs Tuesday.

That's where things get dicey. New Jersey will make the long trek to Colorado on only one day of rest (if you can call it that) before wrapping up their whirlwind road trip with a stop in Phoenix Saturday. Don't count on a peak performance from the Devils in the desert. For its part, Phoenix will have been home since Wednesday, before it opens a three-game homestand against Vancouver one night later.
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