NHL Betting Tips for the 2019-20 Season

The St. Louis Blues made their faithful fans and bettors very happy last year. Stuck in last place half way through the season, the Blues’ odds to win the Stanley Cup were among the longest in the league at the All-Star break. But they defied probability and created one of the greatest NHL odds betting stories of all time by winning the Cup for the first time. Will there be another unlikely hero on the 2020 Stanley Cup odds board this season? Or will the Tampa Bay Lightning finally fulfill the hype as 2020 Stanley Cup betting favourites?

If you think you have the answer to these questions, you’ll have the chance to put your money where your mouth is by backing your team on the game lines. Choose between the puckline (spread), moneyline, goal total and win total for multiple chances to win alongside your favourite team. To add fuel to the fire, our hockey experts are sharing their insight into the teams that they think will dominate the NHL betting odds and earn their loyal followers a healthy paycheque. Check out all of their NHL betting tips so that you too can have an edge at the betting window.

NHL Teams that Could Start Hot 

Every game counts in the NHL’s regular season, and a hot start could be the difference between a team making the playoffs or not. Coming out of the gate on a roll is tough, but having veterans on a club that have played together before helps a lot. 

The Vegas Golden Knights have all of the ingredients to come out guns a-blazin’ this season. They’ll have a chip on their shoulder after a botched call in the first round of the playoffs prompted their early exit. In addition, forward Mark Stone will be in the lineup from Game 1, and he showed instant chemistry with the Knights’ forward group down the stretch last season. With a number of veterans filling key positions on Vegas’ roster and the comfort of playing for Gerard Gallant for yet another season, we’re expecting the Golden Knights to pay handsomely on the NHL moneyline odds and beat the spread in the game lines.

NHL Teams that could Attack Totals

Predicting whether a game will go Over or Under the total requires a keen eye for matchups and knowing which teams prefer a more offensive or defensive style of play. The San Jose Sharks, for example, were Over beasts last season. They had one of the worst goaltending duos in the league in 2018-19 and gave up an average of 3.15 goals per game. Conversely, they had a lethal offensive attack that scored the second-most goals per game at 3.52. Offseason moves suggest that San Jose will once again be a scoring threat, while their goaltending situation has not changed. Take the Sharks for the Over every time for NHL betting totals.

If you’re a fan of defence, look no further than the Dallas Stars. They have one of the best goaltenders in the league in Ben Bishop and play a possession style that stifles offensive flow. Last season they ranked third-last in goals per game (2.55) and second-best in goals against (2.44). While they added some veteran forwards over the offseason in an attempt to boost goal production, their coach remains the same, so we should expect similar defensive results out of Dallas.

Surprise Contenders for the Regular Season

Picking a team to outperform prognosticators’ predictions takes guts and vision. But if you’ve been following a team’s recent trajectory, you may be able to land a big payday while looking like a hockey genius. 

After nearly a decade of dominance, the Chicago Blackhawks have fallen out of favour in recent seasons. They still had the top-end players needed to succeed in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, but with massive contracts allocated to just a few players, there wasn’t much cap space to attract the players needed to secure much-needed depth. This offseason, the ‘Hawks added defensemen Olli Maatta and Calvin de Haan, forward Andrew Shaw and goaltender Robin Lehner. These are all expected to be high-impact acquisitions for Chicago and will likely get them back into contention.

Like Chicago, the Montreal Canadiens have missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. That being said, they recorded 96 points last season and have a glut of high-end young talent that’s expected to make an impact this season. Plus, goaltender Carey Price and defenseman Shea Weber are both healthy, so those pieces alone will make the Habs potential surprise contenders this year.

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