Teams that were hot last week like the Ducks, Avalanche, and the Sharks especially, are looking to stay that way. Other teams to lookout for in the coming days are the Lightning and the Blackhawks: Tampa Bay for their interesting schedule and Chicago for their scoring troubles.
Let’s take a closer look at these five teams below.
Top 5 NHL Teams to Bet On:
5. Anaheim Ducks
When Colorado blasted them in the season opener, the Ducks regrouped and put together an amazing seven-game winning streak before being ambushed by Toronto last Tuesday, 4-2. The streak tied them with the franchise record. The Ducks will continue on their lengthy road trip with seven straight games away from home as they will not see the ice of Honda Center until November 6.
For their next two games, the Ducks will play in places they’ve been very good in their last few visits. They are 3-0 in their last three games in Montreal and Ottawa.
4. Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Roy’s squad continues to display its glass-shattering intensity despite losing to Detroit last week, 4-2. The loss snapped Colorado’s six-game winning streak but it was quick to recover, beating Buffalo (4-2) and Pittsburgh (1-0) in the following games. [sc:NHL250 ]
Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Semyon Varlamov have been superb between the pipes. As if to channel their inner Patrick Roy each game, Giguere leads all goalies in GAA with 0.67 while Varlamov is no slack either (1.68).
Six of the Avs next seven games are going to be played at home. The team is 5-0 in their last five home games.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
New coach Jon Cooper has guided the Lightning to a great 3-1 start. One of those wins was their 3-2 shootout victory over defending champions, the Blackhawks. They have now won five of their first eight games of the season. Moreover, Tampa Bay hasn’t lost back-to-back games.
Tampa Bay’s next three games are against teams that they already beat this season: Chicago, Buffalo, and Florida. Both games against the Blackhawks and the Sabres are home games. Though they can’t underestimate Florida, the Lightning are 4-0 in their last four games there. It could be a field day for Tampa Bay’s seventh-ranked offense as the Panthers give up 3.4 goals a game – fifth worst in the NHL.
2. Chicago Blackhawks
The NHL manual reads that a game is consisted of three periods in regulation. The Blackhawks appear to be playing for only two.
It’s not easy to spot judging from their win-loss record but the defending champs are having troubles putting the puck in the net during the third period. Chicago hasn’t scored in the last period since their first game, a 6-4 win over Washington.
So it’s not much of a surprise that the Hawks are 8-1 Under throughout the first nine games of their schedule.
1. San Jose Sharks
Nine games into the season, the Sharks have yet to lose in regulation.
San Jose shrugged off its 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas last week and returned to the ice triumphantly by cooling off the Flames (6-3) before clipping the Red Wings (1-0).
The Sharks offense has found the back of the net 17 times in their last four games, including a couple of six-point outputs in wins against the Blues (6-2) and Flames. San Jose is top in the NHL in goals per game with 4.3. Joe Pavelski had his best game so far this season in the Calgary game, recording a pair of goals and assists for a four-point total.
San Jose continues their road trip with stops in Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, and Los Angeles. Except for the Kings, the Sharks won all of their last games against those teams. Furthermore, the Sharks are 3-1 in their last four road games.[sc:NHL490 ]
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