The recent mini-break in Round 2 NHL Playoff action gave each team a chance to reevaluate their situation. The highest scoring teams in the postseason, Colorado, Vegas, New York Islanders and Dallas, had been a goldmine for moneyline bettors but they were also giving up a fair share of goals.
It created a window for OVER bettors, and as Sunday’s Western Conference games indicated, the goalies need to stay sharp.
Round 2 NHL Playoff Betting
Goals per game in the playoffs: 3.82 (1st)
Recent Record: 7-straight OVERS
NHL Trends to Track: The Avalanche is down 3-1 in this series and in 2019-20, after losing two of their past three games, Colorado has a record of 13 OVERS, 6 UNDERS and a push.
Vegas Golden Knights
Goals per game in the playoffs: 3.7 (3rd)
Recent Record: Vegas is 10-2 in the playoffs this year and 14-1 in its past 15 games vs. teams with a winning record.
NHL Trends to Track: The Knights averaged 3.5 goals per game this season on zero rest. They won 10 of those 13 matchups. Vegas and the Canucks faced off Sunday at 10:30 pm ET, one day after their Game 3 meeting. The Knights kept their Round 2 NHL hopes alive with a 5-3 win.
For more on these games, check out my NHL Hockey Lines and Odds page.
New York Islanders
Goals per game in the playoffs: 3.36 (4th)
Recent Record: The Islanders have held 10 of 13 teams this postseason to 2 goals or less.
NHL Trends to Track: New York was swept in last year’s playoffs by a Hurricanes team that led the league with 34.4 shots on goal per game. In this year’s playoffs, New York is 10-3 vs. teams that average more than 30 shots per game. Philadelphia averaged 31.4 shots during the regular season (16th).
Goals per game in the playoffs: 3.33 (5th)
Recent Record: Since a lethargic start that saw them fall behind the Flames 2-1, Dallas is 6-1 with 6 OVERS and 1 UNDER. The Stars are averaging 4.7 goals since catching fire Aug. 16, and allowing 3.3 goals.
NHL Trends to Track: Any NHL team averaging more than 4.0 goals in its past six games has a playoff record of 19 OVERS, 9 UNDERS and a push when playing with at least two days rest. The underdog in this situation has a 7-4 record, meanwhile, and the current line for Dallas – Colorado is set at Avalanche -125.