NHL unders cashing at better than 61 percent in April

The Stanley Cup playoffs don't begin until April 30, but it looks like most teams are playing tight, conservative playoff hockey already.

This is leading to totals falling and unders cashing for bettors.

The under had gone 33-16 in the past seven days heading into Thursday's schedule, which finished with a 3-4-2 over/under mark. In the 83 games in the month of April (prior to action Friday), 61.4 percent of the games have gone under for a combined 27-46-10 over/under record.

Oddsmakers are adjusting. On Thursday night, four of the nine totals were set at five instead of 5.5, finishing with a 1-1-2 over/under count in those contests. Friday's slate has three of its five games tabbed with 5-goal totals.

One of the main reasons the under has been hot is because power plays have been cold. Heading into Thursday, there were 57 goals scored on 373 total power plays in April which translates to a 15 percent power-play conversion rate. This is three percentage points below the current NHL average of 18 percent.

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