NHL – Trends of the Day 02/20/2019

Last Updated: 2019-02-20

NHL – TRENDS OF THE DAY

While there are only four games scheduled in the National Hockey League on Wednesday, February 20, no one can deny that they will be great action on tap when two division leaders square off. The Metropolitan Division Leading New York Islanders travel out west to take on the Calgary Flames, the leader in the Pacific Division. In other great action, it’s a battle of original six teams when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings, and the Boston Bruins battle the Vegas Golden Knights.

Lines provided by BetDSI Sportsbook. Get the trends for all National Hockey League Games here.

Featured Game

  • New York Islanders (+125) vs. Calgary Flames (-150)

The New York Islanders are leading the Metropolitan Division with 76 points (35-17-6). The Islanders are 17-10-2 on the road this season and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, including winning their last two. The Calgary Flames are in first place in the Pacific Division with 79 points (36-16-7). Calgary is 18-5-5 at home this season and they are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Calgary has also won their last two games.

Goaltending Matchup:

Robin Lehner will likely be in goal for New York. Lehner is 18-9-0 this season with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. The Islanders goaltender allowed two goals on 38 shots in his last start and he is 6-3-1 in his last 10 starts.

Calgary will likely have David Rittich in goal. Rittich is 20-5-5 this season with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Rittich is 7-1-2 in his last 10 decisions.

Hot Trends:

The New York Islanders are…

  • 21-7 in their last 28 games.
  • 11-4 in their last 15 games on the road.
  • 0-6 in their last six games on Wednesday.

The Calgary Flames are…

  • 7-2 in their last nine games at home.
  • 7-3 in their last 10 following a victory.
  • 6-1 in their last seven against Metropolitan Division teams.

Stat Pack:

Islanders:
Goals For: 2.86
Goals Against: 2.29
Power-Play: 16.2%
Penalty Killing: 80.2%

Flames:
Goals For: 3.68
Goals Against: 2.92
Power-Play: 22.4%
Penalty Killing: 77.9%

Prediction

A battle of division leaders is always exciting, but this should be a great game of contrasts. Calgary is the much better offensive team, second in the National Hockey League in goals scored, but the Islanders are first in goals allowed this year. Calgary has the potent power-play, while New York has the dominating penalty killing unit.

That should make for a great contest, so we look for the trend of when these two teams square off. New York has won six of the last eight meetings between these two teams, so we see that to be the case here as well.

These two teams have gone under in six of the last eight meetings, and we like that trend considering the two guys in the net. If New York is going to win this game it is going to be a close, defensive showcase. Look for the New York Islanders to win, 3-1.

Two Games to Watch

  • Boston Bruins (+100) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (-120)

The Boston Bruins are in second in the Atlantic Division with 78 points (35-17-8).  Boston is 14-10-5 on the road this season and are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, including winning their last six. The Vegas Golden Knights are in third in the Pacific Division with 68 points (32-25-4).  Vegas is 17-9-3 at home this season and are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games.

Why Boston Wins:

  • Bruins have won six in a row.
  • Bruins have won last nine games against Pacific Division teams.
  • Bruins are 10-3 in their last 13 against teams with a winning record.
  • Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last five games.
  • Golden Knights are 1-5 in their last six at home.

Why Vegas Wins:

  • Bruins have lost their last seven games on Wednesday.

What About the Total?

Go over 5.5, because…

  • Bruins have gone over in five of their last seven games.
  • Bruins have gone over in six of their last eight against teams in the Western Conference.
  • Vegas has gone over in four of their last five against teams with a winning record.

 

  • Chicago Blackhawks (-105) vs. Detroit Red Wings (-115)

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the last place in the Central Division with 59 points (25-26-9). Chicago is 11-15-3 on the road this season, but they have been hot of late, going 8-2-0 over their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are in seventh place in the Atlantic Division with 54 points (23-29-8). Detroit is 12-14-4 at home this season and they are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.

Why Chicago Wins:

  • Blackhawks are 9-2 in their last 11 games.
  • Blackhawks are 6-2 in their last eight games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Red Wings are 5-11 in their last 16 games at home.
  • Red Wings are 2-5 in their last seven games.
  • Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last seven meetings.

Why Detroit Wins:

  • Blackhawks are 14-31 in their last 45 games on the road.
  • Home team is 11-5 and last 16 meetings.

What About the Total?

Go over 6.5, because…

  • Total has gone over and five of the last nine meetings.
  • Total has gone over in five of the last six meetings in Detroit.
  • Chicago has gone over in 36 of their last 52 games on the road.

*** END OF FEBRUARY 20 NHL TRENDS ***

 

NHL – TRENDS OF THE DAY

There are nine games scheduled in the National Hockey League on Tuesday, February 19. That begins with a great battle in the Western Conference when the Anaheim Ducks look to continue their domination of the Minnesota Wild. In other great action, the Nashville Predators take on the Dallas Stars and the Arizona Coyotes go North of the border to take on the Edmonton Oilers.

Lines provided by BetDSI Sportsbook. Get the trends for all National Hockey League Games here.

Featured Game

  • Anaheim Ducks (+185) vs. Minnesota Wild (-225)

The Anaheim Ducks enter this contest in sixth in the Pacific Division with 55 points (23-27-9). Anaheim is 11-18-1 on the road this season and is 2-8-0 in their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are in fifth in the Central Division with 60 points (27-26-6). The Wild are 13-12-5 at home this season and are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games.

Goaltending Matchup:

John Gibson will be in net for Anaheim. Gibson is 17-19-6 this season with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. gives and has been struggling of late, losing four straight games, allowing a total of 18 goals in those games. He is 2-6-2 over his last 10 starts.

Minnesota will start Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk is 21-20-3 this season with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. The Minnesota goaltender has lost three straight starts, giving up 12 total goals in that span. He is 4-4-1 in his last nine starts.

Hot Trends:

The Anaheim Ducks are…

  • 6-20 in their last 26 games.
  • 2-12 in their last 14 on the road.
  • 3-8 in their last 11 against teams with a losing record.

The Minnesota Wild are…

  • 0-4 in their last four games.
  • 0-5 in their last five at home.
  • 2-6 in their last eight against Pacific Division teams.

Stat Pack:

Ducks:
Goals For: 2.20
Goals Against: 3.14
Power-Play: 15.2%
Penalty Killing: 80.3%

Wild:
Goals For: 2.76
Goals Against: 3.36
Power-Play: 20.8%
Penalty Killing: 81.1%

Prediction

Anaheim has dominated Minnesota of late, winning 15 last 21 overall, including winning nine of the last 11 in Minnesota. With neither goaltender playing particularly well neither team seems to have an advantage in that area. Both teams are playing rather poorly and Minnesota is really not even able to take advantage of the anemic offense of the Ducks, as they are not significantly better. We stay with the trends and take the Anaheim Ducks to win.

Considering that Gibson has a goals-against average above for in his last four starts and Dubnyk has a GAA of 4.0 in his last three it would seem that the over would be the smart pick here. However, the total has gone under in five of the last six meetings between these two teams, including going under in five of the last six in Minnesota. Anaheim is the worst offensive team in the NHL, and Minnesota is just slightly better. Take Anaheim to win 2-1, so take the under.

Two Games to Watch

  • Nashville Predators (-105) vs. Dallas Stars (-115)

This is a great battle in the Central Division as the Nashville Predators, second in the division with 73 points (34-22-5), take on the Dallas Stars, fourth in the division with 63 points (29-24-5). Nashville is 15-11-4 on the road this season while Dallas is 18-8-2 at home. The Predators are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games while the Stars are 6-3-1 in their last 10.

Why Nashville Wins:

  • Predators are 10-3 in their last 13 games against teams with a home winning percentage greater than .600.
  • Stars are 1-4 in their last five games.
  • Stars are 2-5 in their last seven against teams with a winning record.
  • Pekka Rinne allowed one goal on 35 shots in his last start.
  • Anton Khudobin has lost four of his last five starts.
  • Predators are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

Why Dallas Wins:

  • Stars have won their last four games at home.
  • Predators are 7-15 in their last 22 games on the road.
  • Predators are 1-4 in their last five games.
  • Rinne is 4-5-1 in his last 10 starts.
  • Home team has won 19 of the last 28 meetings.
  • Stars are 27-11 in the last 38 meetings in Dallas.

What About the Total?

Go over 5.5, because…

  • Total has gone under in four of the last five meetings.
  • Rinne allowed one goal in his last start.
  • Khudobin has allowed three total goals in his last two starts at home.
  • Nashville has gone under in four of their last five on the road.
  • Nashville has gone under in eight of their last 13 games.
  • Dallas has gone under in six of their last eight at home.

 

  • Arizona Coyotes (+130) vs. Edmonton Oilers (-150)

It’s a great battle in the Pacific Division when the Arizona Coyotes, fifth in the division with 57 points (26-28-5), take on the Edmonton Oilers, seventh in the division with 53 points (24-29-5). Arizona is 15-14-2 on the road this season and is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. Edmonton is 12-15-1 at home and are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games, including losing their last four.

Why Arizona Wins:

  • Coyotes are 4-1 in their last five games against teams with a losing record.
  • Oilers are 7-20 in their last 27 games.
  • Oilers have lost their last five games at home.
  • Darcy Kuemper stopped all 22 shots in his last start and has won three of his last four games.
  • Mikko Koskinen has lost seven straight starts for Edmonton.

Why Edmonton Wins:

  • Coyotes are 42-88 in their last 130 games on the road.
  • Oilers are 4-1 in the last five meetings in Edmonton.
  • Oilers are 7-2 in the last nine meetings.

What About the Total?

Go under 5.5, because…

  • Total has gone under in five of the last seven meetings in Edmonton.
  • Total has gone under in eight of the last 11 meetings.
  • Arizona has gone under in three of their last five games.
  • Edmonton has gone under in seven of their last 10 against teams with a losing record.
  • Kuemper had a shutout in his last start.

*** END OF FEBRUARY 18th NHL TRENDS ***

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