As we head into the last month of the hockey regular season, with the way particular teams are playing, should be riding them or fading this week?
To the surprise of only someone who has been held hostage in a foreign country since October, the Tampa Bay Lightning are far and away the best team in the NHL. The Lightning starts the week 50-16 SU, which ties the Detroit Red Wings from 23 years ago for the most victories in 66 games.
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It goes hand in hand that Tampa Bay is the choice for NHL picks, leading the league at +24.3 units and they have won 10 of 11. With three chances to build on 27-7 SU home record, why would anyone think they would not?
The Boston Bruins should be receiving a great deal of notoriety, yet despite moving into second place in the Atlantic Division, they are still a whopping 17 points point Tampa Bay. That is roughly the same margin of first place Winnipeg and last place Chicago in the Central Division. The Bruins are on a 10-1 run and they have picked up points in all 11 of those contests. The B’s defense has been one the best in the league all season, presently ranked No.2 in goals allowed, but their offense has become more diversified, getting scoring from No.2,3 and 4 lines, which enables them to create pressure for three periods. With three contests on home ice like Tampa Bay, Boston can improve on 24-10 home record.