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Over trend suddenly emerging in the NHL

Quick goalie joke for you.

A goaltender, clad in towel and flip flops, walks toward the shower after a particularly rough evening when a teammate bellows from the corner of the room: "What the hell are you going in there for? It's not like any of the water is going to hit you!"

Not sure if that zinger made it around any NHL dressing rooms Tuesday night but 72 goals were scored in 11 games (not including shootouts) and the over went a lucrative 8-2-1. (The over went 1-2-1 Wednesday night). It's part of a recent trend in the NHL where over bettors have cashed in at a clip of 30-21-4 over the past eight days (prior to Thurs., March 7 action).

So far this season, the under has been the better bet with an over-under record of 150-164-32 (52 percent). So the question is now, is the recent over trend just an anomaly or one of those turning points that savvy puck bettors look for in a season?

That's the call you have to make, but keep in mind teams now have 20-plus games behind them and it could be a sign they are starting to jell. Injured starting goalies aren't helping matters for teams like Calgary (O/U 3-1-1 last five), Carolina (O/U 2-1 since Cam Ward was injured) and New Jersey (O/U 4-1 last five).  

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the hottest over bet in the league this season with a 15-6 over/under record. The St. Louis Blues are second in that category with an O/U count of 13-7-2 and then come the Penguins and Islanders, both with an O/U of 14-9.

Check out our full ATS standings (against the spread) and over-under statistics standings here.

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