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NHL Live In-Game Betting Report

Did the puck drop before you got your NHL bets in? No problem. Most books offer live betting options and we at OddsShark run the numbers every week to find out which teams finish the job and which teams choke on their sandwich. The list below identifies the best and worst teams to bet on once they have a lead and vice versa. 

Here's one team to look at when live betting the last week of the regular season and one you should probably get a restraining order against.

Team to target

Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid has led the Oilers back into the playoffs for the first time since 2006, when Edmonton was led to the Stanley Cup finals by the likes of Ryan Smyth, Dwayne Roloson and Chris Pronger.

What else he has done is help the Oilers earn a 27-9 record this season when scoring the first goal of the game. Edmonton has scored more goals than any other team in the league this month and if that continues, the Oilers will be a good live bet for the rest of the season as the rest of their games will come against divisional opponents.

The Oilers are 15-5-3 against teams in the Pacific this season and will be incredibly motivated down the stretch with first place in the division in their sights.

Team to fade

Buffalo Sabres: When Jack Eichel returned to the Sabres lineup, it was assumed that they would make a run and get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2011. With a 24-24-7 record since their superstar center came back in December, though, that hasn't happened. 

A big reason for the Sabres' failure this year is their lack of success when taking a lead. They have a brutal 20-19 record when breaking the ice in a game but with a 14-12 record when leading going into the second period, Buffalo has been one of the most volatile teams in the NHL – other than the Coyotes and Avalanches of the league.

Here’s a look at every team’s record when winning and losing after the first and second periods:

When Leading
TeamAfter Scoring FirstAfter 1st PeriodAfter 2nd Period
Anaheim30-1121-830-3
Arizona18-1914-616-4
Boston28-1320-730-2
Buffalo20-1914-1219-7
Calgary25-1022-431-1
Carolina17-1615-1020-8
Chicago36-1125-629-3
Colorado12-127-711-7
Columbus35-1328-932-3
Dallas22-1213-619-6
Detroit16-1512-718-7
Edmonton27-915-527-3
Florida23-1717-1122-5
Los Angeles20-1013-418-3
Minnesota31-1324-629-6
Montreal30-1119-524-4
NY Islanders22-1717-825-5
NY Rangers30-1519-726-4
Nashville23-1014-727-6
New Jersey18-2111-1419-8
Ottawa27-717-527-4
Philadelphia17-139-316-4
Pittsburgh27-1519-633-2
San Jose32-1024-330-4
St. Louis27-1218-427-4
Tampa Bay19-1117-423-4
Toronto27-1523-1028-10
Vancouver17-1212-617-4
Washington42-1232-837-2
Winnipeg25-1516-922-4
When Trailing
TeamAfter Not Scoring FirstAfter 1st PeriodAfter 2nd Period
Anaheim12-233-142-26
Arizona9-315-256-33
Boston12-234-123-25
Buffalo12-268-187-30
Calgary18-2412-214-26
Carolina17-257-175-19
Chicago13-177-127-18
Colorado8-445-332-42
Columbus14-135-104-17
Dallas9-337-223-27
Detroit15-308-243-28
Edmonton14-258-176-20
Florida10-267-221-27
Los Angeles16-309-224-30
Minnesota13-197-143-17
Montreal13-216-1811-22
NY Islanders13-234-183-24
NY Rangers16-169-115-19
Nashville16-2711-197-19
New Jersey9-285-196-31
Ottawa14-275-155-20
Philadelphia19-278-185-23
Pittsburgh19-1513-108-20
San Jose11-235-131-21
St. Louis15-228-163-21
Tampa Bay18-2710-166-24
Toronto9-242-193-21
Vancouver13-347-235-35
Washington9-136-73-17
Winnipeg10-276-226-30

This article was published on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

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