The ice is barely frozen on the new NHL season but some betting trends are starting to return cold hard cash for hockey bettors in the know. If you’re sizing up the NHL odds this week, keep these profitable expert sports betting picks in mind.
Detroit Rock City
The Red Wings finished the 2018-19 campaign with just 74 points and near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. However, Detroit wasn’t going to stay down for long, and has powered to a 3-1 start to the season, earning +4.4 betting units for backers right out of the gate. The Red Wings earned the bulk of that money on the road, opening the schedule as a ++220 victor in Nashville and most recently walking out of Montreal with a 4-2 win as a +172 underdogs. Detroit bounces between home and road games for the next week and a bit, taking on a bevvy of Canadian-based NHL squads.
Another team enjoying a sudden surger to start the season are the Edmonton Oilers, who are 4-0 heading into the weekend. Edmonton was one of the biggest disappointments last season, winning only 35 games after emerging as a Stanley Cup contender in 2017-19. Could Edmonton be back on track in the West? The Oilers offense is clicking with 18 total goals in those four games, including nine combined goals in road wins at New York and New Jersey. Edmonton has a great chance to keep those profits coming with road stops at the New York Rangers and Chicago – two teams that also struggled in 2018-19 and are off the shaky starts this season.
It’s a small sample size but the red light is getting a workout so far in 2019, with NHL games going 32-23-2 Over/Under to start the schedule. This is the highest scoring rate since the 1992-93 season. And while these numbers will balance out over time, it’s worth noting some of the better offenses since the puck dropped. The Rangers are pacing the league with 10 total goals in their first two games, followed by the Predators who have 19 tallies in four outings, and Sabres with 18 goals in four contests. With most NHL totals set at 5 or 5.5, bettors should look to take advantage of this early scoring surge before bookies tack on extra padding to the numbers.
Duck and cover
While the rest of the league lights up the scoreboard, the Anaheim Ducks are the best Under bet with a 0-4 Over/Under count out of the gate. The Ducks have netted just nine total goals in those four games while giving up a mere five goals against – an average of 3.5 goals per contest. Anaheim, which finished 32-47 O/U last season, is last in shots per game (27.7) and has a power play ranked 24th in the NHL with just a 17% success rate. The Ducks wrap up a four-game road trip at Columbus and Boston next, two teams thank ranked among the best defenses in the league last season.