NHL Betting Cheat Sheet and Odds: Lightning continue to electrify the Eastern Conference

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the first team in the league to reach 100 points on the season and will face their expansion cousins, the Ottawa Senators this week. Covers dangles at the hash and goes bar down to give NHL bettors a breakdown of what to watch for this week on the ice.

40-40 Showdown

The NHL’s top two goal-scorers meet Monday night in the U.S. capital as Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Laine and Ovechkin come into the week deadlocked at 40 goals apiece, and both players have 14 games remaining in the regular season. It’s also a pivotal game for both teams with regard to their respective playoff races. The Capitals enter the night just one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins, but have two games in hand. Winnipeg is looking to close a seven-point gap between themselves and Central-leading Nashville, whom they’ll face Tuesday.

Simply the Best

The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the team to beat in oddsmakers’ eyes as they set their sights on securing the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning carry a five-game winning streak – and a six-point advantage over the runner-up Boston Bruins – into Tuesday’s encounter with their 1992 expansion cousins, the Ottawa Senators. The Lightning boast +400 odds on Bet365 to win their second Stanley Cup championship after becoming the first team to reach the 100-point plateau with a 3-2 shootout win over Montreal on Saturday. Ottawa finds itself at the other end of the standings, 43 points behind Tampa Bay entering Monday.

Devils Visit Sin City

It’s a match made in Vegas as the New Jersey Devils make their first-ever visit to Nevada on Wednesday for a date with the continually surprising Golden Knights. New Jersey enters the week as one of the top Under plays in the league, having gone below the number in seven of their previous eight games. Vegas is also trending in that direction with six Unders in its previous seven games – and has the upper hand on the visitors by virtue of a 3-2 victory in Newark last week. The expansion Golden Knights remain a strong play in Stanley Cup futures, installed at +800 to win the championship.

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Player News

* Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is now No. 5 on the all-time scoring list among Russian-born players, passing Pavel Datsyuk over the weekend. Malkin has a point in 18 of his past 20 games; the Penguins are 14-5-1 SU over that span.

* The New York Islanders surrendered 50 or more shots for the league-leading sixth time over the weekend, but escaped with a victory over the host Calgary Flames. Surprisingly, the Islanders are an impressive 3-2-1 SU in those games.

Injury Updates

* The Flames have activated No. 1 netminder Mike Smith from injured reserve after he sat out 13 games with a groin injury. The Flames went 5-6-2 in his absence, then dropped a 5-2 decision in his return Sunday night against the Islanders.

* The Bruins’ banged-up forward corps received more bad news over the weekend after Brad Marchand was held out of Sunday’s game against Chicago with an upper-body injury. Marchand is questionable for Tuesday’s road encounter with Carolina.

Stanley Cup Futures

* The Nashville Predators’ double-digit winning streak might be over, but their chances of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup title are alive and thriving. Nashville has moved all the way up to +450 on Bet365 – their strongest odds of the season.

* The Florida Panthers have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past several weeks, and might be a sneaky underdog play entering the postseason. The Panthers enter the week at +2,800 to secure their first-ever championship.

Betting Trends

* The league’s top teams are asserting their dominance more than at any point in the season, with favourites having won at a 73.9-percent clip over the past seven days. That moves the favourites’ conversion rate to 59.4 percent for the season.

* The Under has been the stronger play over the past week of games, coming through 27 times compared to 21 Overs in that same span. The season totals remain frighteningly close, with 519 unders against 515 overs.


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