The race for the Eastern Conference title continues to tighten up. Over the last ten games, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone 9-0-1 to pull ahead of the Capitals. With the Conference-leading Bruins only three points in front, the Lightning cannot be counted out after their slow start. Despite several injuries over the last couple of weeks, the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to play good hockey. They occupy a wild card birth along with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers are hot on their heels and remain a threat.
In the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche have made up ground on the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche are only one point behind after going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. With hopes of catching the division-leading Canucks, the Oilers lost superstar Connor McDavid to injury. McDavid will be out for at least two weeks with a leg injury. The race for the two wild-card spots remains wide open with several teams in the mix. The Flames and Coyotes currently occupy them going into the weekend.
- The Washington Capitals have the highest over percentage of any team at 66.7% (36-18-0)
- The Florida Panthers have gone over in 62.3% of their games (33-20-0)
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have the highest under percentage of any team at 66.1% (37-19-0)
- The Dallas Stars have gone under in 64.8% of their games (35-19-0)
- The Tampa Bay Lightning are the most profitable team ATS at 64.91% (36-18-0)
Bests Bets of the Weekend
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (Saturday, 8 PM)
In the midst of a five-game win streak, the Avalanche are the hottest team in the West. They are only a few points behind the St. Louis Blues, and with a good weekend, they can take over first in the Conference. Led by stars Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen, the Avs are first in the league in goals per game. They are 15-7-4 at home and take on the last-place LA Kings. I like the Avs to cover the puckline.
The Pick: Colorado Avalanche, Puckline
Nashville Predators at St.Louis Blues (Saturday, 3 PM)
The Blues will return home after a brief two-game road trip. They are an impressive 18-5-5 on home ice and will be taking on an inconsistent Predators team. I expect the Blues to get back on track after a couple of losses. With the Blues in jeopardy of losing the Conference lead, I expect a motivated team.
The Pick: St. Louis Blues, Regulation
Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning (Saturday, 4 PM)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are now the most profitable team to bet on against the spread. Undefeated in regulation over their last ten games, their team chemistry is at an all-time high. They will carry their 18-7-2 home record into a Saturday afternoon matchup vs. the Flyers. Philadelphia is a much different team on the road. They are 19-5-4 on home ice but just 12-14-3 in away games. I like the Lightning to continue to roll here.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning, Moneyline
Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins (Saturday, 1 PM)
It has been a season to forget for the Detroit Red Wings. With a 14-40-4 record on the year, the Red Wings travel to Boston to take on the Conference-leading Bruins. Betting the Bruins to win at home is as safe of a bet as you can make in hockey right now. They are 20-2-9 in their own arena. After the Red Wings beat them 3-1 a week ago, the Bruins will be out for redemption.
The Pick: Boston Bruins, Puckline