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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 March 31-April 6.

Hot team

Nashville Predators (2-0 SU)

The Predators weren't busy last week, but they made the most of their reduced schedule by winning a pair of tough road games to remain mathematically alive in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Nashville kicked off the week with an impressive 5-2 triumph over host Anaheim behind a two-goal, one-assist performance from Mike Fisher. The Predators followed that up with a 3-0 triumph in San Jose on the strength of a sensational 35-save effort from backup netminder Carter Hutton.

Cold team

Phoenix Coyotes (0-3 SU)

Phoenix has tumbled out of the Western Conference playoff scene thanks to a four-game losing skid - equaling its longest of the season. This one couldn't have come at a worse time, as the Coyotes now find themselves a point behind eighth-place Dallas with both teams having four games remaining. Phoenix opened the week with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets before falling 4-0 in Los Angeles and capping the dreadful stretch with a 3-2 shootout defeat to the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

Best Over play

Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1 O/U)

Strong "over" results were hard to find this past week, which made the Blackhawks one of the few teams to pay bettors off. Despite playing without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Chicago found a way to manufacture enough offense to put together a three-game winning streak, earning a push in a 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota before defeating Columbus 4-3 and topping St. Louis 4-2. The breakout was a critical one for Chicago, which had scored just four goals in its previous three games.

Best Under play

Carolina Hurricanes (0-4 O/U)

The Hurricanes have been the team to bet when it comes to "unders", reeling off six in a row and going 1-10 O/U in their last 11. After dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Ottawa Senators to open the week, Carolina rode solid goaltending Anton Khudobin to consecutive 4-1 victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars. Khudobin was solid again on Saturday, but the Hurricanes offense couldn't support him as they fell 3-1 to New Jersey to fall to a Metropolitan Division-worst 29-42 O/U on the season.

Surveying the schedule

The St. Louis Blues still have the inside track for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference - owning a three-point advantage over Anaheim with four games remaining for each team - and will face four teams outside the top-six in their respective conferences  to wrap up the regular season. The Blues open at home against Washington before heading on the road for games in Minnesota and Dallas. The Blues then end the season at home versus Detroit.

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