Best Bets in the NHL Since the Start of March
On the lookout for a NHL wager as the season winds down? I have outlined and broken some of the best straight-up, puckline and OVER/UNDER wagers since the beginning of March for one to target or fade in your discretion.
Best Straight-Up TeamCalgary Flames (7-1): If you have been gambling that the Calgary Flames moneyline the last month — congratulations, you’re likely set to retire. The Flames are 12-1 up in their last 13 games and they’ve already started another winning streak after having their 10-gamer ended from the Bruins last week.
Bettor beware, however, the Flames’ next three games will come on the road against the Capitals, Predators and Blues, so be sure that you pick your spots carefully. An approach I’d take would be to fade them in Washington and should they lose, boosting their value a bit heading into Nashville and St. Louis, them back as the underdog.
This is beginning to feel like more than lightning in a bottle for the Flames. They’re a team that could roll four lines if needed and with a great mixture of ability, speed and grit. If Brian Elliott keeps up his roster that’s seen him go 14-1-1 using a .935 save percent since the all-star fracture, Calgary could do something similar to what a former Flames staff did circa 2004.
Worst Straight-Up TeamNew Jersey Devils (1-8): By losing 10 straight games before their win over the Flyers past Thursday, the Devils have all but locked up last position in the Eastern Conference and procured a great shot at winning that year’s draft lottery.
What they’ve been doing is dropping bettors an extraordinary quantity of money and if you’ve been silly enough to back them some moment throughout the previous month or so — I’m sorry, but it looks like it’s back to the grindstone for you. Transferring an astounding 1-12 up in their past 13 games, the Devils have nowhere to go but up and also with seven of the last 11 games set to be played at their home (the Prudential Center), you are likely to go on and make the most of these as house dogs in a few situations.
New Jersey is a respectable 14-20 up in friendly land this season so backing them against groups like the Hurricanes, Stars, Jets and Flyers may end up being very profitable.
Finest Puckline TeamBuffalo Sabres (7-3): Don’t let this trend disturb your gambling patterns a lot of, the Sabres are still a lousy team, they have just been losing most of their matches by less than two this month. Why this matters is because Buffalo has become the underdog in seven of its 10 matches in March and in those seven matches the Sabres are 5-2 against the spread.
By no means is that an incredibly rewarding bet — unless you’re hitting it or placing a massive amount of money on it.
Buffalo finishes out its program with only three more home games so your opportunities to capture the Sabres because puckline underdogs are operating out. If they are given +1.5 at home, however, jump around it like a Bills fan would on a table in a tailgate party. The boys in Buffalo have barely been outscored in their home ice for the season and should continue that trend as they struggle to get a quickly fading playoff spot.
Worst Puckline TeamWashington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings (2-7): The Capitals have a share of both of these following two honors but the first is they — and their bettors — are unhappy about as they have lost five of their past seven games and cashed two disperse tickets this season.
One of the greatest contributors to this tendency is that the level of rivalry the Caps happen to be playing. Five of their last six opponents were teams which were at a playoff spot when they played with them but with games coming against teams like the Coyotes and Avalanche, don’t hesitate to re-familiarize yourself with all the Caps’ puckline. Washington has the best goal differential in hockey and will want to get back on track going into the playoffs.
In terms of the Kings, I’d keep disappearing them. They’ve been improving a great deal, in terms of their record, but they’re still not scoring. Bookmakers have been setting them as the preferred increasingly and as a group which scores just 2.40 goals per match, they’ll always have a tough time beating a team by more than a target.
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