NHL scoring is up over half a goal per game this season compared to last and almost a full goal more than two seasons ago. That's been a boon for hockey bettors siding with the Over. NHL games are averaging 6.10 goals per contest entering Tuesday night’s slate on the ice. Last year, games average 5.45 markers and 5.33 in the 2015-16 campaign.
The Over is cashing at a 58.14 percent win rate after the first 222 games of the regular season and that’s despite a dramatic increase in games with 6-goal totals.
There were no games with totals higher than 5.5 for all of the 2015-16 season and only seven games with six-goal or higher over/under lines in the 2014-15 campaign. Oddsmakers have already set 60 games a total of six goals and four with a 6.5-goal number this season.
"We have been getting hit on the total in the NHL so far this season," Sports Interaction oddmaker Greg Sindall told Covers.com. "It doesn’t help that some top goalies are struggling. Games where a top goalie like Carey Price would force the total to be lower, but he’s been terrible so the over hits on those games as well."
The Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price sported a .923 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average in the 2016-17 campaign, but he's down to an .877 save percentage and an ugly 3.77 GAA this season.
Here’s a quick look at the top Over teams in the NHL this season:
Toronto Maple Leafs
Over/Under record: 11-4
The Leafs have scored a league-high 60 goals and trail only Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders in goals for per game at 3.75. They also allowing over 3.6 goals a night leaving the average total goals in Toronto games at 7.36. Only one of the Buds' 15 games had a total set below 6 goals.
Toronto owns the league’s seventh-best power play with a 24.1 percent success rate and second-year center Auston Matthews leads the club in scoring with 10 goals and nine assists.
Over/Under record: 11-2
The Panthers are averaging 3.62 goals per game and are giving up a league-worst 4.23 every time they step on the ice. Florida is allowing a league-high 37.4 shots per game, is sporting the fifh worst team save percentage at .887 and the club owns the second worst penalty kill in the NHL.