Archived: NHL Betting News & Notes
November 28, 2018
Two of the league’s hottest Under plays will renew their decades-old rivalry at Scotiabank Arena, while the streaking Buffalo Sabres look to make it 10 consecutive victories against a West Coast foe that has given them fits in recent years. We cover these games and much more in our NHL betting cheat sheet with need-to-know betting notes, goalie profiles and injury news to help you crack the odds for the early-week action in the NHL.
Going Low in Toronto
Scotiabank Arena has been the site of plenty of low-scoring affairs lately, as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the rival Boston Bruins on Monday night. The Maple Leafs (-155) have been a red-hot Under option at home, going below the number eight times with one push in their past 10 games in Toronto. That streak might continue Monday, with the Bruins (+130) having gone 7-0-1 to the Under in their previous eight games against Eastern Conference foes.
Big Total? No Problem
The Ottawa Senators are the top Over play in the league by a wide margin – and oddmakers can’t seem to make those totals high enough as the Sens travel to Madison Square Garden for a Monday encounter with the New York Rangers. Ottawa is a stunning 17-4-2 O/U on the season, despite seeing totals of 6 and 6.5 in the majority of those games. Monday’s game carries a 6.5 O/U; the Senators have gone 3-2 to the Over in five games with that total this season.
A Perfect 10?
The Buffalo Sabres will look to tie a franchise record against the visiting San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, as they seek their 10th consecutive victory. The Sabres’ nine-game run has lifted them to sole possession of third place in the overall NHL standings entering the week – but Tuesday’s encounter could be a difficult one, with the Sharks having won each of the previous four meetings. That said, San Jose is just 1-4 in its last five road games and has just three wins in its past 14 games in Buffalo.
Flames’ Offense is on Fire
The Calgary Flames have rediscovered their offense – and it is paying major dividends heading into Wednesday’s tilt with the visiting Dallas Stars. The Flames are averaging 4.6 goals over their previous five games, despite being shut out 2-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights in that span. And they’re going to need some of that punch against Dallas, having scored just five goals in their previous three meetings. The teams have gone below the total in five of their past seven encounters overall.
Goalie Profile – Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
No goaltender has been more dominant this month than Rinne. He enters the week with a sparkling 8-1-1 record to go along with a 1.47 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and one shutout in November. Rinne is a significant reason why the Predators lead the NHL with a 17-6-1 record despite owning the league’s third-worst power-play (15.2 percent). The Colorado Avalanche, who visit Nashville on Tuesday, are second in the league with a 30.2-percent conversion rate and might need that man advantage to help them solve Rinne.
The Dallas Stars can score with the best of them, but it’s clear they miss the offensive contributions of John Klingberg on the back end. The talented defenseman has missed the last eight games with a hand injury, and the Stars have scuffled to a 3-4-1 SU record in his absence. Dallas has scored just 22 goals over that span, with 12 of those coming in wins over the Senators and New York Islanders. Klingberg isn’t expected back until mid-December at the earliest.
Hat Trick Trends
• Looking to identify the highest-scoring period in Monday’s meeting between the Senators and Rangers? The second period stands out, with Ottawa having allowed a league-high 35 goals in the middle frame and the Rangers having surrendered 28 of their own. Bettors will get +240 odds on the second period producing the most goals.
• The Winnipeg Jets don’t care if their opponents score first. Well, that might not be entirely true, but the Jets come into Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh having gone 6-3-0 when the opposition gets on the board first. The Penguins, on the other hand, are just 7-3-5 when they strike first. Consider taking the “No” on the team scoring first winning this one.
• As hard as this might be to believe, the St. Louis Blues are still looking for their first one-goal victory of the season, entering the week having gone just 0-4-3 in one-goal games so far. Bettors should strongly consider fading the Blues one-goal margin of victory prop for Wednesday’s encounter with the host Detroit Red Wings.