With the NHL lockout finally coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about how to handicap the upcoming season.
Here’s a look back at the best and worst bets on ice last season:
New Jersey Devils (48-28-2-4, +20.25 units)
The Devils may have come up short in the Stanley Cup final but New Jersey was the NHL bettors' champion, earning more than 20 units last season.
Montreal Canadiens (31-35-4-12, -19.58 units)
Les Habitants weren’t just a headache for Montreal faithful and finished 31-35-4-12, dead last in the Eastern Conference,
and burned just about any NHL bettor who touched them.
Best puckline (ATS)
Carolina Hurricanes (51-31 ATS)
The Hurricanes only posted a 33-33-16 SU record and missed the playoffs, but they were one hell of a bet in 2011-12.
Phoenix Coyotes (50-32 ATS)
The Coyotes were the Pacific champs last season, making the transition from long-standing underdog to favorite on most nights.
Winnipeg Jets (48-34 ATS)
It seemed like the Jets were underdogs in almost every game last season, and it looks like that could be the case again this year.
Worst puckline (ATS)
San Jose Sharks (28-54 ATS)
The Sharks had a respectable 43-29-10 record SU last season, but were still the worst bet in the league.
Philadelphia Flyers (29-53 ATS)
Much like the Sharks, the Flyers had success SU but failed miserably ATS.
Buffalo Sabres (33-49 ATS)
Buffalo found itself on the outside looking in come playoff time even with Ryan Miller in goal. Hopefully you faded them last season.
Best over plays
Tampa Bay Lightning (52-29-1 O/U)
Steven Stamkos netted 60 goals and four others had 20 or more. Enough said.
Boston Bruins (46-33-3 O/U)
The Bruins had a balanced attack led by Tyler Seguin and five others who scored 20 times or more.
Toronto Maple Leafs (45-37-0 O/U)
This team is a mess. Horrible goaltending is just one reason for Toronto’s impressive over numbers.
Best under plays
Anaheim Ducks (31-47-4 O/U)
Anaheim was a one-trick pony last season and opposing clubs eventually found out how to shut down its top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan. Oh, and they also have a pretty good goalie in Jonas Hiller.
Detroit Red Wings (34-44-4 O/U)
The Red Wings exemplified great team defense and injuries limited their offensive production throughout the season.
St. Louis Blues (21-43-18 O/U)
The Blues were incredibly hard to score against thanks to the formidable duo of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak in net.