NHL Betting Tips: Week 22
- Updated: March 4, 2014
One of the big questions in the National Hockey League is will Tuesday’s game against Detroit be the final time we see Martin Brodeur in a New Jersey Devils uniform? Brodeur has been named the starter for New Jersey and it’s either to pacify their legendary goaltender or to give him one last appearance in front of the home fans.
The Devils are -125 favorites and with the uncertainty surrounding Brodeur’s future with the team, you have to believe New Jersey is going to give it their best effort. It helps that the Red Wings are one of the team’s that New Jersey is chasing for a playoff spot. Look for the Devils to get the win.
On Wednesday, Toronto visits New York and if you’re a Rangers’ fans, you have to wonder what is going on with Henrik Lundqvist again. After a slow start, he had appeared to be back on his game, but has been horrid since returning from the Olympics, allowing 10 goals. The one game the Rangers did win was with Cam Talbot in net.
The Maple Leafs can score plenty of goals, but can also surrender a fair amount, making the over a worthwhile play in this spot, provided the Rangers start Lundqvist and not Talbot.
Jumping ahead to Saturday, Ottawa and Winnipeg clash in a battle of Canadian teams and this is another spot that looks good for an over play. Ottawa has gone 36-24-1 in totals this season and have one of the worst defenses in the league, allowing 3.3 goals per game. The Senators can put the puck in the net, which is why they have a respectable record.
The Jets are similar in that they can score and also allow goals, just not quite to the extent of Ottawa, as Winnipeg scored 2.8 goals per game and allows 2.9. The number will likely be 5.5, but that shouldn’t be a problem between these two teams.