We've got an exciting weekend of NHL action with plenty of great games including a western Canadian showdown in Winnipeg and Sidney Crosby facing off against a familiar foe. We cover that and much more as we bring you the betting notes and trends you need to beat the odds on the ice.
Dog day in Dallas
The Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars enter Friday's matchup in Dallas on a high note, with both teams 6-1 over their previous seven games. The Star opened as slim favorites at -105 but are now -125 underdogs. Dallas is 21-11-2 at home this season, and are 10-4 in their last 14 games as a home underdog.
Wild Wild West
The Calgary Flames head to Winnipeg to take on the Jets Saturday night, in what is a battle between the second and third-best teams in the Western Conference. The Flames are slim road underdogs at +115 thanks to a strong road record of 21-13 this season. That being said the Jets are 23-9-3 at Bell MTS Place.
The best bet for this matchup might be the Over with the Flames fourth in the league in goals per game, and the Jets seventh. Winnipeg is 5-1-1 to the Over in their last seven games, while Calgary is 20-9-2 to the Over in their previous 31.
Opposing Trends Clash
The Chicago Blackhawks have been an absolute gift for Over bettors, having gone 24-2-1 to the Over in their last 27 games. Saturday the Blackhawks are underdogs against the Montreal Canadiens who are 15-4-2 to the Under in their last 21 games as a favorite.
If you're wondering which trend is more likely to continue, it's worth pointing out that after an awful start to his season, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is starting to show signs of life, allowing just one goal in each of his past three games. After leaving late in Chicago's last game due to illness Crawford is expected back between the pipes on Saturday.
Capitals' tough date on the road
The defending Stanley Cup Champions face-off against the odds on favorites to win this year's Cup as the Washington Capitals travel to the Sunshine State to play against Tampa Bay on Saturday. Both teams have gone 8-2 over their last ten games and the Capitals are -155 underdogs in this one despite having the third best road record in the league at 21-13-2.
That might have something to do with Tampa Bay's dominance at home where they have gone 29-6-1, the puckline for TB might hold some value though. They are by far the most lucrative puckline team in the league returning bettors a profit of 1194.01 on the season and converting on the puckline at home more than half the time (20-17).
The Kid is king in Philly
One of the best rivalries in hockey is reignited Sunday as the Flyers head west on the I-76 to take on the Penguins on Sunday. The Flyers are in desperation mode and need to go on a late-season run if they want to sneak into the playoffs.
Philadelphia fans have never bothered to hide their contempt for Sidney Crosby, and with good reason. Since he entered the league Sid the Kid has scored more goals against Philly than any other team, potting 41 goals in 66 games (and also adding 58 assists for good measure). Crosby has scored a goal on the Flyers in every game against them this season, for a total of three goals and six points in three games. Look into how much a Crosby goal pays out Sunday.
Goaltender Profile: Sam Montembeault, Florida Panthers
While the Blackhawks are getting most of the attention for being an almost automatic Over bet, the Panthers have been the second-most reliable Over bet in the league, mostly thanks to a struggling goaltending duo. Roberto Luongo has a GAA of 3.16 and a save percentage of .897 while James Reimer isn't much better with a 3.02 GAA and .902 save percentage.
However the 22-year-old Montembeault might have wrestled away the starting job after three consecutive strong performances in which he went 3-0 with a 1.66 GAA and a save percentage of .933. It will be interesting to see how many starts Montembeault gets the rest of the season, beginning with Saturday's game against Los Angeles.
Injury Update: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kris Letang was back to full participation in practice on Friday afternoon. Letang suffered an upper-body injury on February 23 and this was his first session without wearing a non-contact jersey since then.
The blue-liner has been one of the highest scoring defensemen in the league with 53 points in 60 games. The Pens haven't ruled out Letang returning to the lineup as early as this weekend with games scheduled against St. Louis and Philly.
Hat Trick Trends
- The Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers remain the best puckline underdogs in the business. With their penchant for losing by a single goal coming in handy for bettors. Arizona has made a Puckline profit of 526.91 as an dog this season while the Panthers have banked 314.51.
- The Dallas Stars are the best Under play in the NHL this season with the score going below the total in 41 of their 61 games this season.
- The Philadelphia Flyers are 8-2 in their last 10 games on the road which bodes well for their road-trip this weekend with games in Toronto and Pittsburgh.