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This Week's Best NHL Bets

This Week's Best NHL Bets

This Week's Best NHL Bets

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 Feb. 24-March 2.

Hot team

Los Angeles Kings (3-0 SU)

It looks like the Kings have caught fire at the perfect time as teams jockey for position in the crowded Western Conference standings. Los Angeles opened the post-Olympic week with a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, then showed off its defensive chops with a 2-0 triumph over the Calgary Flames and a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Jonathan Quick appears to have bounced back nicely from his Olympic disappointment, while the offense is deep and potent.

Cold team

Carolina Hurricanes (0-4 SU)

The Hurricanes were the exact opposite, coming out of the two-week break with no jump at all. Entering a pivotal stretch as it looks to challenge for an Eastern Conference wild-card spot, Carolina fell flat in the first four games of a five-game road trip, dropping decisions in Buffalo, Dallas, Los Angeles and Anaheim to slip to fourth-last in the conference. The team's top scorers are struggling, with winger Jeff Skinner still looking for his first point since the resumption of play.

Best Over play

Boston Bruins (3-0 O/U)

It was a barrage of high-scoring games as defenses struggle to keep up with opposing goal scorers - and the Bruins benefited from it to emerge as one of the strongest Over choices of the week. Boston resumed its charge toward the top seed in the East with a thud, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the Sabres and falling 4-2 to Washington - but bounced back nicely to beat the Rangers 6-3. Expect lower scores as goalie Tuukka Rask and the Boston defense sharpen up.

Best Under play

St. Louis Blues (1-2 O/U)

There weren't many good Under candidates last week, but the Blues fit the bill. They lost consecutive 1-0 decisions in Vancouver and Anaheim, and were less than two minutes from a third straight under before scoring the last of four third-period goals en route to a 4-2 victory over Phoenix. Armed with one of the top defenses in the league and having traded for elite goaltender Ryan Miller, expect St. Louis to remain a strong Under play for the remainder of the season.

Surveying the schedule

Eastern Conference teams dread having to make the trip through three time zones - and now, it's the Montreal Canadiens' turn. Montreal sits second in the conference behind only the rival Bruins, but the lead on the rest of the contenders is tenuous - and will be put to the test as the Canadiens embark on a four-game West Coast trip that begins Monday in Los Angeles. Montreal, 16-12-2 on the road this season, will also visit Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose on the trek.

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