A little rest can do wonders and it appears that’s the case when it comes to NHL scoring too.
Teams have come out gunslinging since the four-day all-star break from Jan. 27-30 with an average of more than six goals per game through the first 95 contests. That’s way up from an average of 5.56 goals per game on the season.
This is important for bettors because the bump in production has resulted in a highly profitable mark for OVER bettors at 50-34-11 OVER/UNDER for an OVER rate of 59.5 percent. That’s big.
What this is doing, of course, is driving up totals and we’re starting to see fewer 5s and more 6s. Here’s a look at the scoring average through the first two weeks post-all-star break:
|Season average||5.56 goals/gm|
|Jan. 31 to Feb. 6||6.08 goals/gm|
|Feb. 7 to 13||6.67 goals/gm|
This actually follows the same pattern as last season when I wrote about the rise in scoring following the all-star break then also. At this time last season, the NHL was only averaging 5.35 goals per game so we’re seeing a rise in scoring on the year in general as well as in February compared with last season.
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