NHL's Play Ons and Fades

Ryan MetivierContributor IJanuary 30, 2009

This section will take a brief look at a few NHL teams for which I feel there will be decent wagering options on in the coming week.  There are some teams should be avoided, while others could be catching fire. 

I’m by no means saying these teams will win or lose every game they play in the coming week or so, however if you bet against or for each of these teams every game over their next few, you should profit.


Play on

Tampa Bay Lightning

While this recent money maker could start to cool down soon, they should be good for a few more upset wins coming up.  Don’t look now but the Bolts are 10 points out of a playoff spot and have won six of their last nine games.

Before Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Carolina, they had scored 14 goals in their previous three games. While the Flyers should be a tough challenge on Friday, Tampa has already beaten them 2-1 and 4-1, and took Philly to OT in a 4-3 loss.

Outside of the Philadelphia game, Tampa will face the Islanders twice, a struggling Pittsburgh squad, the Thrashers, and the down-trodden Leafs.

Because of Tampa’s awful start, don't be surprised to find some decent plus money on them in several of these games.


Teams to fade

Chicago Blackhawks

Before Thursday’s game, the Hawks had struggled, having lost five of their last nine games. The Blackhawks will play most game their remaining games at home for the final two months of the season.

However, the Blackhawks must first endure what could be an awful road trip. Starting with their game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Hawks will play 12 of their next 14 games on the road. They’re currently losing to LA, then travel to the West-leading Sharks.

It doesn’t get any easier after that with a trip throughout Western Canada.


Detroit Red Wings

It’s always a risky proposition to bet against the Wings, and given their upcoming schedule, there are some opportunities to get things back on track. That being said, they are going into Washington on Saturday, as Detroit tries to snap its four-game skid. 

After Washington they’ll take on the Blues, Coyotes, Oilers, and Pens.

Surely, this losing streak won’t continue much longer. However, Detroit has already lost to Phoenix during this skid and a couple more losses in the next week shouldn’t surprise many hockey fans.