Betting hockey online handicappers continue to be amazed at the success of the Phoenix Coyotes as they remain one of the top values on the NHL betting board.
The Phoenix Coyotes will host the Washington Capitals on Monday night in an inter-conference matchup of top playoff contenders. Versus will telecast the game starting at 9 PM ET and Sports Gambling will have side and total odds so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
Washington had a NHL sports betting record of 29-17-5-5 and was 12-10-3 on the road. The Caps went under the total in an eye popping 20 of 25 away games. Washington continues to trail the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast Division standings and was plagued by inconsistent performances on the ice that left their team, fans, and handicappers frustrated.
What has been most surprising about the Capitals is that offense, rather than defense, has been their weakness as Washington ranked 19th in the NHL for goal scoring while ranking a solid 6th for goals against, a virtual opposite performance of what was expected from them this year. Alexander Ovechkin led the Caps with 21 goals and 35 assists.
The two goaltenders have played well as Semyon Varlamov had a 2.22 goals against average with 2 shutouts while Michal Neuvirth had a 2.45 goals against average with 2 shutouts as well. Washington’s power play was a disappointing 20th in the league.
Phoenix had a betting NHL record of 29-19-6-3 and was 13-10-3-2 at home. The Coyotes also had a record of 17-10-1 over the total at home. For the second consecutive year the Coyotes are a surprise playoff contender as they lack big name star talent but play hard as a team. Phoenix ranked 12th in the NHL for goal scoring and 14th for goals against.
The Coyotes won 4 consecutive games from February 5 through February 12 as all 4 of the matchups went under the total. Keith Yandle led an offensive attack that was deep with average players and numbers with 46 points. Scottie Upshall was a betting hockey online asset with a team best 16 goals.