NHL Betting News and Notes

NHL Betting News and Notes

This Week's Best NHL Bets
By Covers.com

Every week, we update you on who's hot, who's not and situational betting spots in the National Hockey League.

For the week of April 21-28

Hot team

Detroit Red Wings (4-0 SU)

The Red Wings took care of business down the stretch, posting four straight wins to qualify for the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season. Jimmy Howard is already in postseason form, posting two shutouts during the run. Detroit’s focus now turns to its best-of-seven series with the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round.

Cold team

San Jose Sharks (1-3 SU)

The Sharks squandered an opportunity to earn home advantage in the playoffs in the final week of season and are skidding into their best-of-seven series with the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose was just 8-14-2 away from home during the regular season.

Best over play

Winnipeg Jets (3-1 over/under)

The Jets came up short of the playoffs, but over bettors profited big time during their stretch run. Winnipeg played over in six of its final seven games.

Best under play

Ottawa Senators (0-3 over/under)

The Senators have played under the total in 10 consecutive games heading into Sunday’s finale with the Boston Bruins. Ottawa has failed to score more than two goals in each of its last four games and has dropped its last five to Boston.

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Western Conference Matchups


(1) Chicago vs. (8) Minnesota


-- Blackhawks 36-7-5, 77 points, 1st in Central
-- Wild 26-19-3, 55 points, 2nd in Northwest
-- Blackhawks won two of three meetings, only loss in SO
-- 'Under' cashed in two of three matchups
-- First ever meeting between teams in playoffs

(2) Anaheim vs. (7) Detroit

-- Ducks 30-12-6, 66 points, 1st in Pacific
-- Red Wings 24-16-8, 56 points, 3rd in Central
-- Red Wings won two of three meetings, road team won each time
-- 'Over' cashed in two of three matchups
-- Last met in '09 conference semifinals (Wings won 4-3)

(3) Vancouver vs. (6) San Jose

-- Canucks 26-15-7, 59 points, 1st in Northwest
-- Sharks 25-16-7, 57 points, 3rd in Pacific
-- Sharks swept season series, 3-0, including two wins by one goal
-- Total pushed twice, other meeting finished 'under'
-- Last met in '11 conference finals (Canucks won 4-1)

(4) St. Louis vs. (5) Los Angeles

-- Blues 29-17-2, 60 points, 2nd in Central
-- Kings 27-16-5, 59 points, 2nd in Pacific
-- Kings swept season series, 3-0, outscoring Blues, 14-7
-- 'Over' finished 2-0-1 in season series
-- Last met in '12 conference semifinals (Kings won 4-0)

Eastern Conference Matchups


(1) Pittsburgh vs. (8) N.Y. Islanders


-- Penguins 36-12-0, 72 points, 1st in Atlantic
-- Islanders 24-17-7, 55 points, 3rd in Atlantic
-- Penguins won four of five meetings
-- 'Over' cashed twice in five matchups (one 'push')
-- Last met in '93 division finals (Isles won 4-3)

(2) Montreal vs. (7) Ottawa

-- Canadiens 29-14-5, 63 points, 2nd in Northeast
-- Senators 25-17-6, 56 points, 4th in Northeast
-- Season series tied at 2-2, home team won each game
-- 'Over' cashed twice in four meetings
-- First ever meeting between teams in playoffs

(3) Washington vs. (6) N.Y. Rangers

-- Capitals 27-18-3, 57 points, 1st in Southeast
-- Rangers 26-18-4, 56 points, 2nd in Atlantic
-- Rangers won two of three meetings
-- Total pushed twice, while other matchup went 'under'
-- Last met in '12 conference semifinals (Rangers won 4-3)

(4) Boston vs. (5) Toronto

-- Bruins 28-14-6, 62 points, 1st in Northeast
-- Maple Leafs 26-17-5, 57 points, 3rd in Northeast
-- Bruins won season series, 3-1, three games decided by one goal
-- 'Under' finished 2-1-1 in four matchups
-- Last met in '74 quarterfinals (Bruins won 4-0)

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