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 7-13

Hot team

Washington Capitals (4-0 SU)

The Capitals have reeled off seven consecutive wins to rise to the top of the Southeast Division standings. Washington plays four of its final six games at home and five of those contests are against Northeast foes. The Capitals are a combined 2-5 against the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Senators and Canadiens this season.

Cold team

Edmonton Oilers (0-3 SU)

The young Oilers have dropped five straight to drop out of playoff contention in the Western Conference. Edmonton has been outscored 17-4 during the slide and F Ales Hemsky will be on the shelf for about a week due to a nagging foot injury. The Oilers host the Wild Tuesday before jetting to Colorado for a date with the Avs.

Best over play

Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-1 SU, 2-0-1 over/under)

The Maple Leafs have earned points in 10 of their last 11 games and are coming off a 5-1 rout of the Canadiens on Saturday night. Toronto has been a solid over play with a 20-16-5 O/U mark to date and boasts the fourth-ranked offense (3.1 goals per game) in the NHL. The Leafs host New Jersey Monday before a road date in Washington Tuesday.

Best under play

Ottawa Senators (2-2 SU, 0-4 over/under)

The Senators were an awesome under play early in the season thanks to a hot start from G Craig Anderson. The veteran netminder was absent for 20 games in the middle season due to injury but is back between the pipes for Ottawa. The Senators have gone low in four consecutive games and are 3-0 O/U in Anderson’s three starts since returning from injury. Ottawa has a tough game in Boston Monday to wrap up a seven-game road trip.

Surveying the schedule:

The Columbus Blue Jackets are battling for a playoff spot in the West and play five of their final six games on the road. The Jackets are 6-11-2 away from home this season.

The Dallas Stars have won five straight but wins could be tough to come by down the stretch. Six of the Stars’ final seven opponents are currently above .500 and in the playoff mix.

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Capping The Easiest and Hardest NHL Schedules
By Covers.com

With less than two weeks left before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, here's a look at three teams with hard schedules who could go sliding, and three with smooth schedules who could go on a late-season streak.

Three easiest schedules:

New York Rangers (eighth in East, 46 points)

Remaining schedule: Florida, @Buffalo, New Jersey, @Florida, @Carolina, New Jersey

The Broadway Blueshirts are the only team in the East that doesn't meet a current playoff team the rest of the season, which should give the Rangers another leg up on Winnipeg for the final playoff spot in the conference.

St. Louis Blues (seventh in West, 50 points)

Remaining schedule: Phoenix, Dallas, @Colorado, Colorado, Calgary, Chicago

Only playoff team remains on the docket for the Blues, with a road game in Colorado the only trip away from the Scottrade Center before the playoffs.

New York Islanders (seventh in East, 49 points)

Remaining schedule: @Toronto, @Winnipeg, @Carolina, @Philadelphia, @Buffalo

At first glance, five road games doesn't seem like the perfect way to wrap up the schedule for a young team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2007. But the Long Islanders have only one game against a current playoff team, Toronto, and are road warriors this season with a 12-5-1-1 record.

Three toughest schedules:

Edmonton Oilers (12th in West, 39 points)

Remaining schedule: @Colorado, Anaheim, Anaheim, Chicago, @Minnesota, Vancouver

The young Oilers have lost six in a row, fired their GM this week, and face the top three teams in the Western Conference and another playoff team in the Wild in their last five games.

Washington Capitals (third in East, 50 points)

Remaining schedule: @Ottawa, @Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Boston

Washington will be put to the test to keep its eight-game winning streak afloat, starting with two road games against Ottawa and Montreal.

Calgary Flames (14th in West, 36 points)

Remaining schedule: Detroit, Anaheim, @Minnesota, @Nashville, @St. Louis, @Chicago

Calgary will face only one other cellar-dweller in Nashville, and will close out the season with four on the road, where it has the league's 29th-ranked record at 5-13-2.

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