October 11, 2017 10:08 AM
Hockey fans will enjoy this: Through the first few days of National Hockey League play, 67 percent of the games (10 of 15) easily went OVER the betting total, with many not coming close.
Following a mere two contests, Toronto and Chicago have each posted 15 goals in; Washington has 11 goals, thanks to seven markers by 6-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin; while Tampa Bay has nine thanks to the return of a healthy Steven Stamkos.
Last Tuesday, the Vegas Golden Knights put 5 on the board in a victory over Arizona and on Wednesday the total goals smashed the Grand Salami line of 28.5 total goals. The six games on the docket produced 35, including 9 each in the Penguins-Capitals and Bruins-Avalanche matchups.
That’s a ton of firepower.
Through last Saturday, exactly 200 goals have been tallied in 30 games — that’s 6.67 goals per night. And if you take away the obvious defensive clubs like “my” L.A. Kings and “my” Golden Knights, it’s 187 goals in 26 games — a shooting-gallery like 7.19 lamp-lighters each contest.
Why the gluttony of goals?
Some can blame the expansion draft, taking a second- or third-line defensive from almost every team to stock the Vegas roster. Many clubs have yet to find replacements to their satisfaction.
Others state the new emphasis on referees to call slashing penalties, making ever goal-scoring sniper a bit more dangerous by not getting two-handed by a stick on the arms or hands — or worse.
But if you’re a bettor from out-of-town — people who tend to bet the OVER — get your tickets in now while the OVER is good.