Last Updated: 2018-01-30
The NHL is back from the All-Star break on Tuesday with a nearly full slate of 12 games for hockey bettors to pick and choose from, so I invite you to check out situational betting tips for some of the key matchups throughout the week before placing any wagers. First and foremost, make sure you know what goalies will be between the pipes for the teams with All-Stars who played in Tampa Bay on Sunday. For example, the Winnipeg Jets will reportedly be resting Connor Hellebuyck when they host the Lightning. Tampa may decide to do the same thing with Andrei Vasilevskiy, meaning both All-Stars could be out.
Similar situations could take place in Nashville when the Predators host the Chicago Blackhawks and in Calgary when the Vegas Golden Knights visit the Flames. Marc-Andre Fleury and Mike Smith led the Pacific Division to the All-Star Game Championship, but will these two netminders be suiting up for Vegas and Calgary, respectively? For Nashville, Pekka Rinne was strong in the Save Streak competition before Fleury out-did him, and he may take another night off here. However, Chicago’s situation in net with Corey Crawford (concussion) still out is dismal, so the Predators still have an advantage there.
The value of starting lineup information cannot be underestimated, so always do a quick search on Twitter (even if you don’t have an account) with a player’s name if you question whether or not he will be playing. It could end up being the difference between winning or losing, and nobody wants to lose.
Other things to watch this week include keeping an eye on the top teams before the break. The Western Conference-leading Golden Knights still own the best home record in the NHL, but they start a six-game road trip against the Flames before visiting the Jets, Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks. A losing trip appears very possible considering many of those teams will be out to avenge the “Vegas Flu” they suffered from prior to playing for the first time at T-Mobile Arena.
In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins are riding an 18-game point streak and have not lost in regulation time since December 14. It is conceivable the Bruins will extend that to 20-plus considering they have a three-game homestand with tough yet winnable games versus the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m not betting on it though, I’ll fade both Vegas and Boston early on.
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