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

by Scott Rickenbach

Saturday, Feb 05, 2022
NHL Western 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:

STARS – Dallas is absolutely in striking distance of making a push for a playoff spot and they have been solid at home this season but had struggled away from home. Now, having won 4 straight road games entering the All-Star break, the Stars confidence away form home is growing. Value UP

JETS – Winnipeg has a strong goalie in Connor Hellebuyck and he has been known for long streaks of excellence between the pipes. The Jets still have some dangerous highly skilled forwards too and that means this is a team that can get hot plus protects the cage quite well. They had a rough stretch right before the All-Star break but 10 of those 12 games were on the road. Now off the radar of most people, this Winnipeg team better than they have shown. Value UP

DUCKS – Anaheim currently sits 3rd in the Pacific Division standings but the two teams just behind them have played 6 less games! The Ducks will have both Calgary and Edmonton gaining ground on them as they make up the extra games they have missed Look for Anaheim to start to wilt under the pressure as they also don’t have the firepower offensively that the Flames and Oilers have. Value DOWN

CANUCKS – Not only has Vancouver been a different team since they made the coaching change to Bruce Boudreau, the Canucks also have played 27 road games compared to just 19 home games so far this season. That means Vancouver has 22 home games versus only 14 road games left on the schedule. Couple that with the way this team had been playing after the coaching change and you have a Canucks team that will be playing with a lot of confidence as they bounce back from a difficult stretch just before the All-Star break. Value UP

FLAMES – Calgary looked very strong and was skating very well heading into the break. Also, these teams has some highly skilled forwards but also are so impressive in that they are allowing only 2.5 goals per game thanks to getting rock solid goaltending from Jacob Markstrom on many nights! The Flames also solid on special teams particularly the penalty kill. Last but not least Calgary will have a home-heavy schedule the rest of the way after 27 of first 42 games were away from home! Value UP

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