2018-2019 Scores&Stats NHL Betting Power Rankings: Week 20
by Brad Mullins Scores & Statson
There has never been a better time than now, to bet on the NHL. The Underdogs are still hot and there are more than a few playoff surprises in the works. Tampa is once again at the top of their game, Toronto is playing well, Boston, very well… The Blue Jackets, the Sharks, and even the St. Louis Blues are all upping their stock. Not only is their playoff stock rising, but their betting stock is also rising greatly, and that’s what matters.
In the NHL, there are more than a few teams that come in from week to week as a “don’t touch” bet. These are the teams that simply have no value either way. Some of the teams may be on the rise and some may have fallen off but there are many that are simply not worth the risk. Be sure and take a close look at the middle teams that have no value and lay-off of them entirely.
Every fan wants to know where their team stands and if their team deserves attention from a betting standpoint. Can you find value and if so why? What these rankings are meant to do, is show betting fans the current state-of-affairs for each NHL team. This weekly power ranking is not based on the popularity of the team and not necessarily based on record. Although the record is a factor; the money lines from the oddsmakers are a much more important factor. What those teams did for the week against the money line is the ultimate deciding factor in the NHL weekly-betting power ranking.
We hope that you enjoy the weekly ranking and we welcome your feedback and any comments that you may have. Remember, these power rankings are for the current week in the NHL and they are not individual game previews. These rankings are meant to show overall betting-performance.
NHL ATS Trends:
Road Teams: 465-422 52.42% Home Teams: 422-465 47.58% Favorites: 311-576 35.06% Underdogs: 576-311 64.94% Road Favorites: 72-183 28.24% Road Underdogs: 393-239 62.18% Home Favorites: 239-393 37.82% Home Underdogs: 183-72 71.76%
Odds:+325 Record: 43-11-4 SU and 39-15 ATS Last Week's Rank: 1st
The Lightning continues to dominate, they continue their hot streak and they pick up three games against the spread this week. There is simply not a better hockey team on the planet than the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Odds:+700 Record: 36-18-3 SU and 36-21 ATS Last Week's Rank: 3rd
The Maple Leafs took it to more than a few people this week including a big win in Vegas. The true grit of this team has shown itself and don’t be sucked in by the naysayers that continue to knock this teams heart.
Odds:+900 Record: 36-19-3 SU and 34-22 ATS Last Week's Rank: 4th
The Jets have lost one and are 5-4-1 in the last ten games. They are not the sexy favorite as Tampa, but they are tough and continue to find ways to score and continue to lead the Western Conference Central with 75 points.
Odds:+2200 Record: 32-21-3 SU and 32-24 ATS Last Week's Rank: 7th
The Blue Jackets move up one despite the loss against the up and coming Islanders. We are patient with Columbus, very patient! This team has shown much more positive than negative and we think they are staying right here for the long haul.
Odds:+1000 Record: 34-21-5 SU and 34-21 ATS Last Week's Rank: 6th
The Predators are 6-4-1 in the last ten and with 1 win under their belt coming in this week. Don’t forget who this team is and where they have been. Just as with the Washington Capitals; taste victory once, you want it again. Nashville is two back of the Jets with 73 points and they will be pushing it, count on it.
Odds:+1600 Record: 34-17-6 SU and 31-23 ATS Last Week's Rank: 10th
The Islanders are even better than we thought, and they have proved us all wrong this year. This team is hot and scoring a ton of goals and playing terrific defense with 136 goals against. Bet the unders.
Odds:+1800 Record: 32-17-8 SU and 31-25 ATS Last Week's Rank: 11th
The Bruins move up the ladder very nicely with three straight wins and have leapfrogged the Canadiens with 72 points for the third spot in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division. Another great “under” with 148 allowed.
Odds:+2000 Record: 31-19-7 SU and 29-26 ATS Last Week's Rank: 11th
The Canadiens have lost two in a row but have also gone 6-2-2 in the last ten games. They are doing just enough to keep things interesting and with 14 wins on the road, search them out as a road dog or even road favorite.
Odds:+3300 Record: 29-22-5 SU and 29-27 ATS Last Week's Rank: 16th
St. Louis wins again! This team is easily the hottest team in the NHL with an 8-game winning streak and a 9-1-0 record in the last 10. This team has shown they have heart and they desperately want to win. Bet them on the road, with 15 victories, that’s where the money is.
Odds:+1600 Record: 31-24-4 SU and 29-28 ATS Last Week's Rank: 9th
The Knights have no idea how to buy a win right now and have been worked by everybody including Arizona. If that wasn’t enough, Toronto came to town and dropped six on them. We are not ready to throw in the towel on this season, but close.
Odds:+2800 Record: 29-23-5 SU and 29-28 ATS Last Week's Rank: 12th
The Stars did exactly what they do best, surprise us all with some very nice wins, and then get blasted by the Lightning! They put together a decent week despite the beatdown, but it’s simply not enough to sustain the number 12 spot.
Odds: +8000 Record: 24-25-9 SU and 23-34 ATS Last Week's Rank: 25th
The Blackhawks are furious with losing and they refuse to lay down. This team would be dangerous if they weren’t so far in the hole. They have suddenly, become a great bet. Watch them closely, they are still the Chicago Blackhawks!
Odds:+5000 Record: 23-23-11 SU and 23-24 ATS Last Week's Rank: 21st
How low can the Av’s go is the unfortunate question of the day in Denver, thank God for Joe Flaco and the Nuggets, heck, even the Rockies! The Av’s simply bring no scoring value at 186 goals for and 189 against.
Odds:+15000 Record: 23-28-6 SU and 21-34 ATS Last Week's Rank: 24th
The Kings are no longer the great bet at a whopping +25000 to win it all! In fact, the number has fallen by 10K to +15000. There is always an outside chance, but things are not looking that promising for sneaking in.
Odds:+10000 Record: 22-26-9 SU and 19-35 ATS Last Week's Rank: 30th
“The Ducks just keep free falling and it’s ugly. This team had a lot of promise and hope coming into this season. Bet against them with the puck line, the over and period betting, they win very few periods.” There is simply nothing more to say, they continue to lose and now find themselves at number 30.
Odds:+15000 Record: 24-24-8 SU and 18-32 ATS Last Week's Rank: 31st
The Rangers are not going to make the playoffs for one reason; just as last year, they have lost their heart. They can’t score, they give up a pile, and they are not very talented. They need a star, and a coach, and a front office, and, and, and… It’s a shame the largest sports market in the US can’t find a way to put together a winning NHL team.