Last week talked about how well almost everyone in the Metropolitan Division was playing. This week we take notice that Central Division has the fewest teams with a negative scoring differential.
That is correct, other than Colorado at -5 (as of 12/15), every other team has a positive number for scoring differential. In fairness, the Central is the only division with seven teams, with everyone else at eight. Nonetheless, this division is very strong when going against those outside the Central.
When making NHL picks, you have to consider the Central against the Eastern Conference, as they are 57-43 SU, which is the best mark of any division versus the opposing conference.
CENTRAL vs. EASTERN CONFERENCE
St. Louis 10-5 SU
Who Has Been Hot?
After sluggish starts, Dallas and Minnesota have been consistently beating the NHL odds. The Stars have won seven of 10 contests. The most striking aspect of Dallas’ play is they either have a very good offensive night when winning or a poor defensive performance when losing, with almost nothing in between. There has not been any rhyme or reason in the role of favorite or underdog for their play.