The NHL has seen a recent spike in goal-scoring games that look like a time capsule back in the 1970s and 80s. But before everyone gets their hopes up that the Dead Puck Era is truly over, think again. The combination of long layoffs and roster callups of minor league players have combined for sloppy hockey. And, of course, sloppy hockey means fun and exciting hockey. It also means a lot of games going over the NHL Betting total. But before everyone gets ready to storm the betting window, rest assured that the oddsmakers and NHL coaches are already making adjustments.
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At the onset of the week is a list of teams that are stampeding the NHL Betting window. And none has been hotter than the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh is printing money with nine wins in its last ten games. On the other side of the coin is a Dallas Stars team that can’t quite catch a wave. On Sunday, Dallas followed a thrilling 3-2 Saturday win with a 2-1 loss at St. Louis. The Stars are stuck in the uber-competitive Central Division with no margin for error. This week’s best bets include action from TNT, ESPN, and NHL Network, with the top teams in the league as the focus!
As the action heats up after a long holiday break, NHL Betting activity has quickly increased with a strong handle. Fans and gamblers were starved out by the pandemic cancellations tied into the already-planned Christmas break. With the resumption of play, it's time to look at who is hot and who is not in the NHL. As was the case before the break, there are some surprise teams, both good and bad, on the board. And then there are plenty of good and bad teams filling their expected roles.
Thankfully, the NHL is slowly getting back into gear now that the holidays are over. American teams are all systems go for the most part, while Canadian teams continue to face complications because of the stricter pandemic protocols in Canada. But most important of all, the majority of the clubs are taking the ice for NHL Betting matchups. This week ESPN gets back into action with a game on the main network on Wednesday night, and it’s a good one. And TNT has an earlier game that most of the nation will be able to see. Meanwhile, NHL Network will be bringing us Best Bet action with a Saturday Night Special.
Last Saturday night, the St. Louis Blues lit up the Minnesota Wild, Target Field, and a national prime time TNT audience. Additionally, the Blues made quite a fashion statement starting with wearing beach attire in the freezing Minnesota cold on the way to their Winter Classic matchup against the Minnesota Wild. On the ice, St. Louis wowed everyone with their 1967 throwback uniforms and related attire that is certain to be hot merch. The Blues made gamblers happy with an impressive NHL Betting payout. Now comes the challenge of the Blues not suffering from a letdown. On Wednesday night, they have a tough road game at the Pittsburgh Penguins on TNT.
This is not your dad’s Minnesota Wild. The days of paint dry hockey are long gone in the Twin Cities. Head coach Dean Evason, in partnership with general manager Bill Guerin, agreed that the Wild were a boring product. Now they are one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL. This injection of offense has transformed Minnesota into a bona fide NHL Bets Picks favorite for the Stanley Cup. On Saturday night, Minnesota gets the chance to show off its new image and ability against the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic. Traditionally the Winter Classic is the highest-rated game on TV in the regular season. This matchup should ensure that it continues.
Now that the NHL is supposedly going to come out of its collective cave and start producing games, it is a good time to get re-acclimated with who is hot and who is
The National Hockey League continues to react to the Omicron variant in a well behind the other sports. While the NBA hogged Christmas Day all to itself and most college football bowl games were played, the NHL extended its already absurd Holiday Dark period. Perhaps the only good news is that the NHL will not go to the China Winter Olympics but instead focus on using the dates allocated for that time frame to make up postponed games. To ensure that actual games will be played, the NHL announced its latest plan, including a taxi squad for each team roster. Thus, there is a better chance for games to take place for NHL Picks.
As the traditional Christmas break approaches, this is a good time to evaluate which NHL teams are bringing home the bacon and which ones are letting gamblers down. This is an aggravating time for NHL gamblers and fans as the league seems to be without strong leadership when needed most. While the NBA and NFL vow to press on, the NHL simply took a longer Christmas break than originally planned. The NHL Players Association wags the NHL dog, and the owners have stopped trying to fight them long ago. Fans who planned trips and bought tickets were burned badly. But eventually, the games will resume, and there are some good opportunities for NHL Picks.
Hockey is the ultimate winter sport. Thus, it's frustrating for fans and gamblers to see the sport go dark at Christmas. It is utterly asinine that the NHL surrenders Christmas to the NBA. But that’s what happens when the Player’s Association can wag the dog. Further complicating the schedule is a series of games that have been canceled due to the pandemic. Gamblers wanting action for NHL Picks have Monday through Thursday to get down. And then pro hockey action will resume on Monday, December 27. On the positive, there is an outstanding lineup of pucks this week to send everyone off into Christmas with potential profits.