The first two months of the NHL betting season has returned plenty of surprises for those playing the pucks each night. If you’re handicapping the hockey odds, here are some Sports Handicappers news, notes, and betting trends to follow this coming week.
Feel the Sunshine
The Florida Panthers are a bit of a shocker out the blocks, with a 12-5-2-3 record to start 2019-20. The Panthers are keeping pace in the Atlantic Division, thanks in large part to the NHL’s top-ranked scoring attack. Florida is finding the back of the net an average of 3.7 times per game, registering nearly 34 shots on goal an outing and boasting the fifth-best power play in the league which is scoring on every fourth man advantage.
The Panthers are doing the heavy lifting for Over bettors, topping the NHL betting totals in 16 of their first 22 contests. Defensively, Florida is allowing almost as many goals – 3.5 per game – and that’s been a perfect recipe for high-scoring hockey. The team has been especially solid to the Over at home, with an 8-2 Over/Under count inside the BB&T Center. The Panthers play three of their next five at home, including a matchup with the Buffalo Sabres this Sunday.
Bite the Big Apple
The New York Islanders are far and away the best bet on the NHL moneyline odds so far this season, stacking up 10.3 units of profits – almost four units more than the next most profitable moneyline bet (Winnipeg 6.3 units). New York is 16-4 through the first two months of action and enters the weekend on a five-game winning streak.
Now, the Islanders have been very lucky to turn around those profitable results, with their last three games going into added time. New York is playing solid defensive hockey, allowing only 2.5 goals against per outing while countering with 3.3 goals of their own. The Isles have played a home-friendly slate, with 13 of their first 20 games coming on home ice but now hit the road for an extended trip, going to the West Coast to face San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles – three games in five nights.
Flying under the radar
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the middle of a log jam in the Eastern Conference, getting off to a 11-7-0-4 start and treading water in the Metropolitan Division. But while the Flyers’ results on the scoreboard have been inconsistent, Philly is emerging as a dependable puckline play for NHL bettors.
Philadelphia is 13-9 on the puckline so far in 2019-20 – NHL’s version of the pointspread – with an impressive 7-3 ATS mark on home ice. The Flyers are netting an average of three goals a night and sit 10th in goals allowed, giving up only 2.9 against. That slight margin has made Philadelphia a sneaky puckline play at home. The Flyers play three of their next four in the City of Brotherly Love, including a home stand versus Vancouver Monday.