The sheer speed of hockey can sometimes make it difficult to pinpoint the best players in the NHL but when those players heat up and start scoring points at will, or cool down and get held off the scoresheet, they affect the game in a very tangible way and that in turn affects bettors and their profits.
In the last few weeks, there have been more than a few examples of this and I’ve identified a list of players whose hot or cold streaks have been leading to good, bad or ugly results for their respective teams.
Johnny Gaudreau had a rough start to his season and was forced to miss half of October with a broken finger but that’s all behind him now. The 5’9” left-winger now has nine points in his last seven games in which his team, the Calgary Flames, are undefeated. During that streak, the Flames are also 5-2 on the puckline and have moved within striking distance of the Ducks and Oilers in the Pacific Division.
The former 104th overall draft pick has been a catalyst for Calgary’s success ever since he entered the league in 2013 and the road to success will continue to run through his and Sean Monahan’s growth.
Nashville Predators’ Top Line
Scoring a combined 32 points in their last seven games, the line of Victor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg is the hottest in hockey. Nashville has posted 12 OVERs in its last 13 games and it’s the Preds’ first line that bettors have to thank for that trend. Forsberg has become known for his incredible second halves so as long as books keep assigning Nashville totals of 5.5, you can keep betting the OVER.
The Preds have averaged 4.38 goals scored over the course of their last eight games and during a streak of 11 straight OVERs that recently ended, their games were averaging a total of eight per contest.
Captain Serious and the Kaner
These guys are on absolute fire right now with 42 combined points since the start of February and it’s led to the Blackhawks winning 12 of their last 13 games and all of their last seven. It’s arguable that no two forwards are more important to a team’s overall success than Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and this season has only helped confirm that. Earlier in the year, when Captain Serious was in a dry spell, the ’Hawks went 4-9 SU in games in which Toews didn’t register a point during a 25-game stretch and 8-4 SU in games he did. It’s true that he affects the game in many places other than the scoresheet but it’s clear the ’Hawks are better when Toews makes an impact at the offensive end.
It’s also of note that over the course of their last 13 games, the Blackhawks have posted 10 OVERs in part thanks to the contributions made by Toews and Kane.
Vlad-dad Becoming Sad-Vlad
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Russian sniper Vladimir Tarasenko. He’s found the back of the net exactly one time in the Blues’ last six games and, coincidentally enough, the Notes are 1-5 SU in those tilts. Tara is St. Louis’ most skilled player by far and when he slacks off, so does the team’s production. This could just be a coincidence but since the Blues dealt Kevin Shattenkirk to the Capitals, Tarasenko has gotten just two shots on net in over 37 minutes of ice time. His current five-game pointless streak matches the longest of his career so I expect him to get the ship turned around soon with the Blues in a tight playoff race. St. Louis has been streaky all season so if you’re a believer in trends, it might be time to hop on the Notes.
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