Most online NHL betting fans would agree that after the All-Star break, every star across the league takes their play to another level. Although the reason for the increase in productivity might have more to do with the upcoming trade deadlines (less than a month away) rather than the passing of the All-Star break. Nevertheless, as we enter the final stretch of the season, sportsbook fans and players alike can prepare for some riveting hockey action.
As the month of February rolls on, fans are realizing that the online NHL betting season will soon come to an end. So, with that in mind, here are the final power rankings for the month of January to help players’ augment their spoils.
With the most points in the NHL, the Capitals are currently the team to beat. Washington entered the New Year by mounting an 8-game win streak that demonstrates how deadly this team is when they get hot. The Capitals offense and defense has been elite so far in the 2017 online NHL betting season, leading many to believe that Washington is dying to get into the postseason. However, the Capitals have a bit of reputation for being playoff chokers.
Minnesota is the only team in the NHL that has been equally as impressive as the Capitals. After mounting a 9-2-1 record in January, Minnesota is just three points shy of tying the Capitals’ NHL-leading 74 points. The Wild have been making a name for themselves over the last couple of years and this season’s success can largely be attributed to the play of Vezina Trophy favorite Devan Dubnyk.
Despite ranking third in the Metropolitan, the Penguins have been showing that they are more than capable of winning back-to-back Stanley Cups – something that’s practically impossible in the NHL. They’ve been a little too inconsistent to be considered sportsbook favorites, but when this team gets hot the entire league has to watch out.
4.San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have been able to hold of both the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers from usurping San Jose from atop the Pacific. The Sharks were able to maintain their divisional lead by mounting a 6-game win streak. Although that streak was snapped by a 4-1 loss to the Oilers, the Sharks got right back on the horse by picking up consecutive wins.
Another team from the Pacific division, Anaheim hasn’t been able to thwart the Sharks for the No. 1 seed in the Pacific. Currently, the Ducks are just 3 points shy of tying the Sharks 68 point total. Early in the season, the Ducks were struggling to find consistency. However, once January rolled around, the Ducks were able to buckle down and delivered a rather impressive 10-3-1 record. If Anaheim is able to keep their momentum rolling, they will soon become the online NHL betting leaders of the Pacific.