USA TODAY Sports

Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL bets

Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

For the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2. All stats are prior to Sunday's action.

Hot team

San Jose Sharks (3-0-0-1 SU)

The Sharks are undefeated in regulation in their first eight games, suffering their only loss in a shootout to Nashville Saturday. San Jose has skated to a 5-3 mark on the puckline during that stretch. Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton are among the league leaders with 14 points each and Antii Niemi has a league-best six wins and a miniscule 1.80 GAA. The Sharks visit the Ducks Monday before hosting the Blackhawks and Coyotes later in the week.

Cold team

New Jersey Devils (0-4 SU)

Everyone expected the Devils to take a step back after the departure of Zach Parise and they haven’t disappointed bettors on the moneyline. Four of New Jersey’s last five games have gone to either overtime or a shootout and the Devils have come out on the losing end in four of those contests. New Jersey visits the New York Islanders Sunday before hosting the Rangers, Lightning and Penguins later in the week.

Best over play


Montreal Canadiens (4-0 over/under)

The Habs have been one of the surprise teams of the young NHL season so far. The return of stud defenseman P.K. Subban didn’t disrupt any of the team’s chemistry in their most recent 6-1 triumph over Buffalo. Montreal has scored four goals or more in five of its first seven games, leading to an impressive 4-0 O/U mark last week. The Canadiens host the Senators Sunday afternoon and then get a nice break before hosting the Bruins Wednesday night.

Best under play

Chicago Blackhawks (0-4 over/under)

Goaltending has been an issue for the Blackhawks over the past few seasons, but it certainly hasn’t been a hindrance thus far. The goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have been impressive early on, holding opponents to 1.7 goals per game during Chicago’s seven-game under streak. The Blackhawks have three games remaining on their current road trip with stops in San Jose, Phoenix and Nashville this week.

Surveying the schedule:


-The Carolina Hurricanes continue their season-long six-game road trip Monday in Toronto. The Hurricanes fell 5-3 Saturday to Philadelphia in the first contest of the road swing and have allowed a generous 3.3 goals per game so far (24th in the league).

-The Tampa Bay Lightning have skated to an impressive 6-2 start to the campaign but have only played two road games. The Lightning play four tough road games this week, including a tough back-to-back in Boston and New York (Rangers).

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Editorial Team, please contact us at Editorial

            share   SHARE   rss   RSS FEED   email   EMAIL   print   PRINT

There haven't been any comments posted on this article. Be the first to respond!

You are currently not logged in.
Login | Signup | Help
You must be logged in to post a comment.

Top Response

There have been no comments on this article. Be the first to respond!
Sports Betting Odds, Statistics and Picks - Covers.com
covers
PLEASE DON'T FREAK OUT, WE KNOW
HOW FRUSTRATED YOU MUST BE. WE FEEL YOUR PAIN.
covers

THANK YOU FOR BEING SO PATIENT WHILE WE
MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVE YOU BETTER.

WE WILL BE BACK ONLINE REAL SOON!
WE PROMISE!!!