Something we rarely see in the NHL is a final total of more than 5.5. Since the turn of the calendar, however, we’ve seen three — the exact same amount we’d observed in the first three months of the program. What’s happening? Are bookmakers going mad, or do they see something that the people does not?A common thread in these types of games is that they’ve all involved at least one team in the Metropolitan Division. This makes sense since the division boasts the three highest-scoring teams in the league — the Rangers, the Penguins and the Blue Jackets. The OVER/UNDER listing for all these games this season is 3-3 so that doesn’t actually tell us the way to wager when these situations arise but the Metro Division scoring trend could.
When you look in the Penguins and Rangers, you’ll see that they’ve combined to get a 53-27-8 O/U record and a 22-5-4 O/U list against teams within their own division. This usually means the total is going OVER enjoy crazy if these teams have played others in the Metro and it may be a wager you want to target later on.
Here’s a list of the Penguins’ and Rangers’ next five games against their division so you can mark them in your gambling calendar:
Penguins: @ Carolina Jan 20, vs Columbus Feb 3, @ Columbus Feb 17, @ Carolina Feb 21, vs Philadelphia Feb 25.
Rangers: vs Philadelphia Jan 25, vs Columbus Jan 31, @ Columbus Feb 13, @ NY Islanders Feb 16, vs Washington Feb 28.
The Blue Jackets, the third-highest scoring team in the league, have posted a lot more UNDERs compared to OVERs using a 16-23-4 O/U record and that may be traced back to the Vezina-caliber play of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. When Bob hasn’t begun, the Jackets’ O/U record is 3-1-3 so if bench boss John Tortorella ever rolls using a backup in the long run, you should probably take the OVER, especially if the total is 5.
Tread carefully. It’s normally after the all-star break that scoring starts to drop off significantly. Teams start to transition to playoff mode and begin locking it down at the defensive end. Keep a watch out for this NHL page for my analysis about the best way to wager the unofficial second half of the NHL season.

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