Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL bets

Mar 31, 2013 |
Pucking the trends: This week's best NHL bets
Jarome Iginla was acquired by the streaking Penguins last week.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Jarome Iginla was acquired by the streaking Penguins last week.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
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 March 24-30.

Hot team

Pittsburgh Penguins (4-0 SU)

The Penguins rolled to their 15th straight victory with a 2-0 win over the Islanders Saturday, but captain Sidney Crosby took a puck to the face and is out indefinitely. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is speculating Crosby will be ready to return by the start of the playoffs. Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo Tuesday before a home-and-home with the Rangers.

Cold team

St. Louis Blues (0-3 SU)

The Blues have dropped three straight games and four of their last five. St. Louis is clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into action Sunday. The Blues haven’t been able to top three goals in a single game since March 12, a span of seven contests. St. Louis plays six of its next seven away from home.

Best over play

Minnesota Wild (3-1 SU, 4-0 over/under)

The Wild have skated to eight victories in their last nine games and are starting to find the back of the net after a slow start offensively. Minnesota has averaged over four goals per game during the streak to increase its season average to 2.7 markers per contest. The Wild host the Blues Monday before hitting the road for three games.

Best under play

Vancouver Canucks (3-1 SU, 0-3-1 over/under)

The Canucks have gone low in seven of their last eight games (7-0-1 O/U), posting a 6-2 SU record during the run. Vancouver's under bettors got a scare Saturday when Edmonton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Canucks were able to stop the bleeding for the remainder of the 4-0 loss and pay them off.

Surveying the schedule:

-The Ottawa Senators begin a seven-game road trip Tuesday in Boston. The Senators have an impressive 13-3-3 record at Scotiabank Place, but only a 6-7-3
record away from home.

-After a date in Chicago Monday, the Nashville Predators return home to play seven of their next eight games at home. Nashville is 9-3-4 at Bridgestone Arena and 5-11-3 on the road.

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