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Betting On the NHL Early Season Betting Trends

The first two weeks of the new NHL regular season is in the books and while most of the 31 teams have only played a handful of games, there is still quite a bit to be gained for sports bettors when it comes to studying the early betting trends.

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Overall NHL Betting Trends

Heading into this week’s betting action in the NHL, the favorites have generated a winning rate of 55.1 percent through all the games played through Sunday, Oct. 15. Home favorites have the slight edge with a winning percentage of 55.2 verse a 54.6 winning percentage for favorites on the road.

When you break down the betting results for home and road teams in general. The home team has won 53.2 percent of the time. The winning percentage through the first two weeks for road teams is 46.8, which drops slightly to 44.8 percent for underdogs on the road.

Moving to the early puck line results, the numbers shift heavily to road underdogs with a solid 67.7 winning percentage. Road teams in general have fared rather well on the puck line with a 63.3 winning percentage. It stands to reason that the worst bet on the puck line at 32.4 percent has been favorites at home.

Goals have been plentiful in the early going with offense outpacing the defense based on the total line results. Of the 76 NHL regular season games that have been played so far, the closing line on the total has gone OVER 57.9 percent of the time. In the 15 games that went to overtime this season, eight have gone OVER the closing line and seven have stayed UNDER.

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Hot Betting Teams

When it comes to closing moneyline odds for the first two weeks, the newest member of the league has posted the best overall return. The Western Conference’s expansion Vegas Golden Knights have jumped out to an unexpected 4-1 start through their first five games as a result of this past Sunday’s 3-1 victory against Boston as +146 home underdogs. The net gain for anyone along for the whole five-game ride is now plus $479 on a $100 bet. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the five games.

Vegas will be back in action on Tuesday night in a home game against Buffalo. It has won two of its first three games at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights are averaging 3.0 goals per game on offense and they are fifth in the NHL in goals allowed (2.2).

Another hot betting team on the closing moneyline odds has been the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference at 4-1 through their first five games. The Devils got past the rival New York Rangers 3-2 this past Saturday as +143 road underdogs to boost their moneyline return on the year to plus $412 on a $100 bet. All of that money has been earned on the road with a perfect 3-0 start in their first three road games. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in four of those five games.

New Jersey returns to the ice on Tuesday night hosting Tampa Bay at the Prudential Center. One of the main reasons for the unexpected fast start is the Devils’ 4.2 goals-per-game scoring average that is ranked second in the league.

A few other early season winners on the moneyline have been Detroit (+$382), Toronto (+243) and Columbus (+$243) in the East and Colorado (+$360), St. Louis (+$270) and Los Angeles (+220) in the West.

The two biggest drains on the NHL betting bankroll through the first two weeks of play have been the Arizona Coyotes (-$500) and the New York Rangers (-$415) with a combined record of 1-9-1 through 11 games.

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