The NHL handicapping season is in full swing, and hockey bettors are looking anywhere they can to find edges in an effort to one-up the bookmakers. Many players in the league have established track records and it’s by looking at their history that we can begin to find holes in the oddsmakers’ lines.
Here is a look at some stats and trends worth keeping an eye on when breaking down the board this week, and in the weeks ahead.
The Vancouver Canucks are 1-5 in their last six meetings with the Minnesota Wild.
The Canucks just haven’t been able to solve the Wild of late, and the time if this particular meeting won’t do them any favors. Vancouver is 2-7 in its last nine games played on a Monday, while Minnesota is 6-2 in its last eight Monday games.
That’s not the only concern, as the Wild enter this game in better form, having won six in a row against Western Conference opponents, while the Canucks are 1-6 in their last seven games against teams from the West.
The under is 8-1-1 in the Chicago Blackhawk’s last 10 games played on the second night of a back-to-back.
Chicago’s Sunday matchup against the St. Louis Blues snuck over the total on an empty net goal in the final seconds of the game, but the under has been the play when they’ve taken the ice of late. The Blackhawks have played under the number in four of their last five games.
That bit of a fatigue has really helped under bettors when betting on Blackhawks games. The under is 9-3-2 in Chicago’s last 14 games when played in the third game of a stretch in which they play three games in four nights.
The opponent in this matchup will also help out, as the under is 3-0-1 in the Arizona Coyotes’ last four games overall, and the same results have been true when the Coyotes make the trip out to Chicago, as the under is 19-7-2 in their last 28 trips there.
The under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils.
The Oilers have done a fine job of bouncing back from embarrassing defeats, with the under going 4-0-2 in their last six games following a loss of three or more goals, and it is 6-1-1 in their last eight games after allowing five goals or more in their previous contest.
The Devils will be happy to engage in a low-scoring affair against the Oilers. The under is 5-1-1 in their last seven games against opponents with a winning percentage below .400. Goals have been hard to come by in their barn regardless of the opponent, as the under is 17-5-7 in their last 29 home games.
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