Hockey betting handicappers will have their choice of two divisional leaders and favorites with the NHL odds to win the Eastern Conference title. The Washington Capitals had a hockey betting record of 11-3-3-1 with the NHL odds to lead the Southeast Division.
The Capitals won 9 out of 12 hockey betting matchups from October 15 through November 11. As hockey betting fans would expect Alexander Ovechkin leads the Caps in scoring as he had 14 goals and 9 assists.
Niklas Backstrom has been a hockey betting assist machine with 18, and Brooks Laich had 7 goals and 11 assists while Alexander Semin had 9 goals and 8 assists to make for one of the deeper offensive lineups in the league.
Washington ranked number 1 overall in hockey betting for scoring but has been somewhat leaky on defense as they ranked 24th in the NHL for goals against. The New Jersey Devils led the Atlantic Division with a record of 12-4-0-0 with the NHL odds.
The Devils have long been one of the best defensive teams in hockey betting and that has remained the case this year as they ranked number one in goals against. The offense has been sluggish and ranked 24th in hockey betting for goals scored.
The Devils have been one of the hottest teams on the hockey betting board as they have gone 12-2 after losing their first 2 games. Future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur had a .917 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average.
Zach Parise led the Devils in scoring with 8 goals and 11 assists but hasn’t gotten a lot of help from his teammates.
These two teams have already met twice this hockey betting season with Devils winning both games by scores of 3-2 on October 12 at Washington and on November 4 at New Jersey. The Devils have won 7 out of the last 11 head to head matchups in this series.