Best NHL Bets Of The Week
Now that the All-Star break has come to a close, the NHL is ready to get back to action starting on Tuesday night. Let’s take a look at some of the best NHL bets as the second half of the chase for the 2016 Stanley Cup gets underway.
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Betting on the New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils Match (Tuesday)
The puck drops at 7:00pm Eastern time at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey in the latest installment in this storied rivalry. The Rangers (27-17-5, 59 points) sit just four points above the Devils (25-20-5, 55 points) in the Metropolitan Division, as the Rangers are in second and the Devils are in fourth.
The Rangers enter the game #5 in the NHL in scoring with 2.9 goals per game and 13th in scoring defense, permitting 2.6 goals per game. Their penalty kill has been a bit of an Achilles heel, as they only kill off 79.5 percent of penalties (#23 in the NHL). The Devils are a full percentage point better at 80.9 percent, good for #14 in the league. Their defense is tight, only allowing 2.3 goals per game (fourth in the league). However, their offense has been fairly anemic, as their 2.2 goals per game has then sitting at #29 out of the 30 teams. The Rangers are coming off a 6-3 rout of the Buffalo Sabres before the break, while the Devils closed out the first half on the wrong end of a 2-0 shutout in Pittsburgh. Look for the Rangers to go across the river and shut down the Devils, 2-1.
Betting on the Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Game (Tuesday)
The Philadelphia Flyers (21-18-8, 50 points) host the Montreal Canadiens (24-22-4, 52 points) on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The puck drops at 7:00pm Eastern time. The Flyers are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Canadiens are fifth in the Atlantic Division.
The Canadiens were atop the Eastern Conference standings to start the season, but then when goaltender Carey Price went down with one and then another lower-body injury, the team went into a free fall, and they still haven’t come out of it. They were blown out on the last game of the first half by Columbus, 5-2. They have fallen to #19 in the NHL in scoring defense, permitting 2.7 goals per game. Their penalty kill is still strong (84.3 percent, good for #6), or else their record would probably have slipped even further.
The Flyers struggle to score goals, sitting at #27 in the NHL and averaging 2.3 goals per game. Their power play isn’t particularly strong, just scoring 17.5 percent of the time (#21 in the league), and they give up a lot of power play goals (22 percent of the time, #26 in the league). Even so, this team could right the ship quickly, given the talent that they have. They knocked off the East-leading Washington Capitals on the road in their last game before the break, winning 4-3. Look for the Flyers to continue their scoring blitz and kick the Canadiens once again, winning 3-1.