The NHL schedule is well established with three months of hockey already on the board. As Online Sportsbooks roll toward the New Year, here are some news, notes, trends and betting tips to take with you when wagering on the NHL odds this week.
The Los Angeles Kings have taken a tumble in the Pacific Division, sitting at the bottom of the group with a 13-18-2-0 record. Los Angeles’ struggles on offense are to blame for this poor effort, netting only 2.5 goals per game – 28th in the NHL. Specials teams is also a big issue with the power play unable to convert on extra-man chances and the penalty kill ranked 30th in the league.
The defense has stepped up recently, to the approval of Under bettors. The Kings have given up an average of 2.5 goals to start the month (2-4 Over/Under) and have limited opponents to two goals or less in three of their last four outings, posting a 1-3 O/U record in that span.
Los Angeles has been especially valuable to Under bettors inside the Staples Center, with a 6-10-1 Over/Under count as a host. But the Kings are currently on the road, playing five straight away from home before hosting St. Louis on Dec. 23.
The Calgary Flames are a scorching-hot inferno of NHL betting profits the last seven games, winning each of those outings and stacking 5.9 units during that streak. The Flames, who forced head coach Bill Peters to resign after abuse allegations surfaced in late November, have been exploding on offense. The team is scoring an average of four goals a night in this winning span, which is a big improvement over their season scoring pace of 2.7 goals a game.
The Flames continue to cash in for NHL moneyline players despite trailing on the scoreboard in each of their last three outings, erupting for a total of six third-period goals in those outings. Goaltender David Rittich has played very well between the pipes and backup Cam Talbot has also shone when stepping up in relief.
Calgary is one of the best NHL bets on home ice with a 10-3-2-0 record inside the Saddle Dome. The Flames play three straight at home before hitting the road for a trio of games that span the holiday.
The Boston Bruins are clinging to their spot atop the Atlantic Division while in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Bruins aren’t suddenly struggling. They’ve played some of the NHL’s best teams during this span – Tampa Bay, Washington, Colorado – and three of those five games have been decided by one goal.
The three most recent losses all came on the road, where Boston is 8-6-1-0 on the season. The Bruins average 3.3 goals for as visitors but are allowing host teams to find the back of the net 2.75 times – compared to only 2.1 goals against at home.
The Bruins have one more road stop in Florida this weekend before returning to Beantown for four straight games before the Christmas break. Given their moneyline odds are taking a dip, now might be the best time to reinvest in the Bruins at the shorter price.