This Week's Best NHL Bets

This Week's Best NHL Bets

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 Dec. 29-Jan. 4:

Hot team

St. Louis Blues (4-0 SU)


Things haven't been better in Bluesville, with St. Louis riding a five-game winning streak and looking like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender as the season reaches its midway point. The Blues reeled off four straight victories last week, including back-to-back one-sided home wins over the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. With St. Louis ranked second in the league in goals and third in goals-against, the Blues are firing on all cylinders as they prepare for their three-game jaunt through Western Canada beginning Tuesday in Edmonton.

Cold team

Washington Capitals (0-4 SU)


The Capitals have long been considered one of hockey's streakiest teams, and last week was an extension of a serious cold stretch that kicked off just before Christmas. Washington looked flat offensively in losses in Buffalo and Ottawa, then endured a number of defensive struggles in defeats at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild. The Capitals have five days to mull over their latest loss before they hit the ice in Tampa Bay, followed closely by home contests against Toronto and Buffalo.

Best Over play

Montreal Canadiens (3-0-1 O/U)


The Canadiens have been one of the league's best Over plays since the middle of December, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Normally one of the most defensively responsible teams in hockey, Montreal has surrendered four or more goals in four consecutive games and five of the last seven to slip to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. Struggling netminder Carey Price and the Montreal defense will look to get back on track this week with home games against Florida and Chicago and a visit to Philadelphia.

Best Under play

Buffalo Sabres (0-3-1 O/U)


Buffalo bolstered its spot as the best Under play in the NHL, nearly putting together a perfect week as it continues its march toward a historic goal shortage. The Sabres enter Sunday with just 74 goals through its first 42 games of the season, a whopping 22 fewer tallies than the 29th-ranked Calgary Flames. Buffalo has scored more than two goals just once in its last seven games, but could find some success this week with home games against Carolina and Florida - two teams that rank in the lower half in goals-against in the East.

Surveying the schedule:

The Ottawa Senators used a four-game winning streak to climb into eighth place in the East, but staying there could prove difficult. Coming off a 4-3 overtime victory in Montreal, the Senators conclude their four-game road trip with games in Colorado, Nashville and Minnesota. Ottawa is a reasonable 8-8-3 away from Scotiabank Place so far this season, but is a dismal 3-9-3 versus the Western Conference and remains one of the more generous teams in the league at 3.1 goals against per game.

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