NHL Top 5: Best puckline bets to date

Profitable puckline bettors know teams with the best straight up records aren’t necessarily the best teams ATS. In fact, the exact opposite is often the case.

The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers were both sub-.500 teams last season, but were great bets with identical 47-35 ATS records.

Here are the five best NHL puckline bets heading into action Monday:

Columbus Blue Jackets (16-6 ATS)

The Blue Jackets were a great puckline bet last season (44-38 ATS) and they’re on track to be very profitable once again this year. Columbus is once again struggling to pick up wins, but is keeping games close. The Blue Jackets have only been favorites twice this season and 14 of their 22 games have been decided by one goal.

Ottawa Senators (15-8 ATS)

The Sens stopped getting respect from oddsmakers when Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson succumbed to long-term injuries. But Ottawa has persevered, picking up points in seven of its last eight games.

Anaheim Ducks (13-7 ATS)

Oddsmakers weren’t counting on goaltender Viktor Fasth to be unbeatable after Jonas Hiller fell to injury. They also weren’t expecting Anaheim to open the season with 15 wins in its first 20 contests.

Edmonton Oilers (13-8 ATS)

Edmonton has skated to a modest 8-9-3-1 SU start and is in the midst of a daunting nine-game road swing. The young Oilers have been playing plenty of extra time, as eight of their contests to date have been decided in overtime or the shootout.

Toronto Maple Leafs (13-9 ATS)

The Maple Leafs have identical straight up and ATS records heading into action Monday against the Devils. James van Riemsdyk is clicking with Phil Kessel and Toronto’s young goaltending duo of Ben Scrivens and James Reimer are getting the job done so far.

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