NHL scheduling spots to watch

February 8, 2022 08:24 PM
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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the NHL schedule, with numerous postponements for virtually every team. 

It became such a problem that a scheduled three-week break for the All-Star Game and Olympics was trimmed to just four days to accommodate rescheduling. Some teams got back to work Monday. Obviously, diehard hockey bettors don’t mind the action. However, it did throw a wrench into plans for a more detailed study of what we have seen so far this season. Of course, there have been several surprises, such as the mediocre play of Chicago and Philadelphia and the unexpected rise of Florida and Toronto. Seattle has also been a disappointment in its first season after playing well early.

There is plenty of season left, though, and as bettors we’re always most interested in looking ahead, not behind. It’s a great time to dig into some of the scheduling spots that have produced the best and worst returns for bettors so far, while also pointing out future dates on which these definitive angles can be played. 

With that in mind, let’s run through a list of 20 of the most definitive team scheduling situations in the 2021-22 season in terms of betting ROI, including all games through the All-Star break:

CAROLINA is 16-4 (80%) for + 10.9 units in nonconference games. R.O.I. 55%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 12: at Minnesota

Feb. 18: NASHVILLE

Feb. 27: EDMONTON

March 6: SEATTLE

March 10: COLORADO

March 24: DALLAS

March 26: at St. Louis

April 2: MINNESOTA

April 10: ANAHEIM

April 16: at Colorado

April 18: at Arizona

April 21: WINNIPEG

CHICAGO is 2-12 (14%) for -10.2 units in divisional games. R.O.I. -73%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 12: at St. Louis

Feb. 14: at Winnipeg

Feb. 18: DALLAS

Feb. 27: St. Louis

March 19: at Minnesota

March 20: WINNIPEG

April 3: ARIZONA

April 10: DALLAS

April 16: at Nashville

April 20: at Arizona

COLUMBUS is 7-1 (88%) OVER the total for + 6.1 units in two-days rest scenarios. R.O.I. 76%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 15: at Calgary

Feb. 20: BUFFALO

March 4: LOS ANGELES

March 10: at NY Islanders

March 16: at Ottawa

March 22: at Pittsburgh

March 25: at Winnipeg

March 29: NY ISLANDERS

April 16: at Los Angeles

April 22: OTTAWA

EDMONTON is 6-13 (32%) for -12.8 units in nonconference games. R.O.I. -67%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 11: NY ISLANDERS

Feb. 23: at Tampa Bay

Feb. 26: at Florida

Feb. 27: at Carolina

March 1: at Philadelphia

March 5: MONTREAL

March 9: WASHINGTON

March 12: TAMPA BAY

March 15: DETROIT

March 17: BUFFALO

March 19: NEW JERSEY

April 24: at Columbus

April 26: at Pittsburgh

FLORIDA is 23-3 (88%) for + 16.8 units at home. R.O.I. 65%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 22: NASHVILLE

Feb. 24: COLUMBUS

Feb. 26: EDMONTON

March 3: OTTAWA

March 5: DETROIT

March 10: PHILADELPHIA

March 29: MONTREAL

March 31: CHICAGO

April 5: TORONTO

April 8: BUFFALO

April 12: ANAHEIM

April 15: WINNIPEG

April 21: DETROIT

April 23: TORONTO

April 24: TAMPA BAY

FLORIDA is 8-1 (89%) OVER the total for + 6.8 units playing in its third straight (or more) home game. R.O.I. 75%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 26: EDMONTON

March 3: OTTAWA

March 5: DETROIT

April 24: TAMPA BAY

MONTREAL is 0-7 (0%) for -8.1 units in two-days rest scenarios. R.O.I. -116%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 20: at NY Islanders

Feb. 26: at Ottawa

March 1: at Winnipeg

March 12: SEATTLE

March 24: FLORIDA

April 5: OTTAWA

April 19: MINNESOTA

April 27: at NY Rangers

MONTREAL is 3-22 (12%) for -16.8 units on the road. R.O.I. -67%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 20: at NY Islanders

Feb. 26: at Ottawa

March 1: at Winnipeg

March 3: at Calgary

March 5: at Edmonton

March 9: at Vancouver

March 13: at Philadelphia

March 27: at New Jersey

March 29: at Florida

March 31: at Carolina

April 2: at Tampa Bay

April 7: at New Jersey

April 9: at Toronto

April 13: at Columbus

April 23: at Ottawa

April 27: at NY Rangers

NASHVILLE is 8-1 (89%) for + 7.8 units in two-days rest scenarios. R.O.I. 86%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 12: WINNIPEG

Feb. 15: WASHINGTON

Feb. 18: at Carolina

March 5: at San Jose

March 8: DALLAS

March 27: PHILADELPHIA

April 1: at Buffalo

NEW JERSEY is 4-13 (24%) for -10.6 units in nonconference games. R.O.I. -62%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 10: at St. Louis

Feb. 25: at Chicago

Feb. 28: VANCOUVER

March 6: St. Louis

March 8: COLORADO

March 10: WINNIPEG

March 12: ANAHEIM

March 15: at Vancouver

March 16: at Calgary

March 19: at Edmonton

April 9: at Dallas

April 12: at Arizona

April 14: at Colorado

April 16: at Seattle

April 18: at Vegas

N.Y. ISLANDERS are 9-1 (90%) UNDER the total for + 8.1 units playing in their fourth straight (or more) home game. R.O.I. 81%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

March 10: COLUMBUS

March 11: WINNIPEG

March 13: ANAHEIM

N.Y. RANGERS are 17-6 (74%) UNDER the total for + 10.6 units in standard one-day rest scenarios. R.O.I. 46%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 17: DETROIT

Feb. 26: at Pittsburgh

March 4: NEW JERSEY

March 6: at Winnipeg

March 8: at Minnesota

March 10: at St. Louis

March 12: at Dallas

March 17: NY ISLANDERS

March 19: at Tampa Bay

March 22: at New Jersey

March 27: BUFFALO

March 29: at Pittsburgh

April 1: NY ISLANDERS

April 3: PHILADELPHIA

April 5: at New Jersey

April 7: PITTSBURGH

April 9: OTTAWA

April 21: at NY Islanders

April 23: at Boston

April 29: WASHINGTON

N.Y. RANGERS are 18-5 (78%) for + 13.9 units versus conference foes. R.O.I. 60%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 15: BOSTON

Feb. 17: DETROIT

Feb. 20: at Ottawa

Feb. 24: WASHINGTON

Feb. 26: at Pittsburgh

March 4: NEW JERSEY

March 17: NY ISLANDERS

March 19: at Tampa Bay

March 20: at Carolina

March 22: at New Jersey

March 25: PITTSBURGH

March 27: BUFFALO

March 29: at Pittsburgh

March 30: at Detroit

April 1: NY ISLANDERS

April 3: PHILADELPHIA

April 5: at New Jersey

April 7: PITTSBURGH

April 9: OTTAWA

April 12: CAROLINA

April 13: at Philadelphia

April 16: DETROIT

April 21: at NY Islanders

April 23: at Boston

April 26: CAROLINA

April 27: MONTREAL

April 29: WASHINGTON

N.Y. RANGERS are 10-1 (91%) for + 9.1 units playing their third game in four days. R.O.I. 83%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 27: VANCOUVER

March 20: at Carolina

March 22: at New Jersey

March 30: at Detroit

April 1: NY ISLANDERS

April 29: WASHINGTON

PHILADELPHIA is 5-21 (19%) for -16.4 units versus conference foes. R.O.I. -63%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 9: DETROIT

Feb. 12: at Detroit

Feb. 15: at Pittsburgh

Feb. 17: WASHINGTON

Feb. 21: CAROLINA

Feb. 26: WASHINGTON

March 10: at Florida

March 12: at Carolina

March 13: MONTREAL

March 18: at Ottawa

March 20: NY ISLANDERS

March 22: at Detroit

April 2: TORONTO

April 3: at NY Rangers

April 5: COLUMBUS

April 7: at Columbus

April 12: at Washington

April 13: NY RANGERS

April 16: at Buffalo

April 17: BUFFALO

April 19: at Toronto

April 21: at Montreal

April 24: PITTSBURGH

April 29: OTTAWA

PITTSBURGH is 1-7 (13%) for -12.2 units playing its third game in four days. R.O.I. -152%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 27: at Columbus

March 25: at NY Rangers

April 10: NASHVILLE

April 12: at NY Islanders

April 24: at Philadelphia

April 26: EDMONTON

PITTSBURGH is 1-7 (13%) for -10.6 units in its fourth straight (or more) home game. R.O.I. -132%.

Qualifying games down the stretch: None scheduled

SEATTLE is 0-6 (0%) for -6.4 units playing in just its fourth game in 12+ days. R.O.I. -107%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 9: ARIZONA

Feb. 11: at Anaheim

Feb. 14: TORONTO

SEATTLE is 6-20 (23%) for -16.3 units versus conference opponents. R.O.I. -63%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 9: ARIZONA

Feb. 11: at Anaheim

Feb. 17: at Winnipeg

Feb. 19: at Calgary

Feb. 21: at Vancouver

Feb. 27: at San Jose

March 2: NASHVILLE

March 22: at Arizona

March 26: at Los Angeles

March 28: at Los Angeles

March 30: VEGAS

April 1: VEGAS

April 3: DALLAS

April 6: at St. Louis

April 7: at Chicago

April 9: CALGARY

April 12: at Calgary

April 13: at Winnipeg

April 20: COLORADO

April 22: at Minnesota

April 23: at Dallas

April 26: at Vancouver

April 27: LOS ANGELES

April 29: SAN JOSE

TORONTO is 10-2 (83%) for + 7.9 units in two-days rest scenarios. R.O.I. 

66%.

Qualifying games down the stretch:

Feb. 10: at Calgary

Feb. 17: PITTSBURGH

March 5: VANCOUVER

March 13: at Buffalo

March 26: at Montreal

April 12: BUFFALO

April 29: BOSTON

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