NHL Eastern Conference Market Watch 2022: To the Finish Line!

by Scott Rickenbach

Saturday, Feb 05, 2022
NHL Eastern Conference Market Watch 2022: To the Finish Line!

Here I look at some teams at the All-Star break which are the hockey clubs I expect to see some value going with (or against) the remainder of the regular season. As you can see below this is not a look at all teams. This is a look at teams which I feel will offer betting value after the All-Star break. This listing is comprised of teams that have, in my opinion, underachieved thus far or overachieved thus far. This is what leads to solid value coming right out of the break and you can look for some value in the right situational spots involving these teams:

CAPITALS – This team currently in a playoff spot and they are a solid club. However, their goaltending has been of particular concern as the season has gone on and this could ultimately lead to a fade for Washington as the season continues. Value DOWN

BLUE JACKETS – This team has only been a “middling” club so far this season but, in my opinion, that is an overachievement for Columbus. This is not a very good hockey club and they give up too many goals. I will be looking for spots to fade them in the 2nd half of the season.  Value DOWN

ISLANDERS – New York has more games (covid postponements) to make up than any other team in the league. The Islanders will have a chance to pick up big points in the standings. They have one of the best coaches in the game. They have a goalie in Ilya Sorokin that is currently red hot and capable of carrying this team.  Value UP

FLYERS – Philadelphia has fallen way down. This team falls strongly into the category of “much better than their record shows” and will be a team you’ll want to keep an eye for value through the remainder of the season. Philly will often be under-valued but they are getting healthier again and they are a talented team. Value UP

BRUINS – Similar to Washington, a very solid hockey club but with goaltending question marks. Rask came back but struggled. Ullmark has never really been “the guy” and could struggle in that role for Boston. Swayman was given a shot in the crease as wellS. Bruins just do not have a situation that is settled at goalie and that is a concern. Value DOWN

SENATORS – Ottawa started the season 4-15-1. The Senators have since gone 10-7-3 so most people see a team among the worst in the league but the Sens are more competitive than most realize. Keep an eye on this steam to surprise some teams in the 2nd half of the season. They do struggle to score consistently but have been solid recently in keeping the puck out of their own net too. Value UP

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