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Essential Betting Numbers For Round 2 Of NHL Playoffs

Hockey bettors have proven they are far wimpier than the athletes they bet on by barely being able to withstand the three-day break in action. 

Thankfully, puck action is back Wednesday when the second round starts up with the Western Conference series. Here are a few NHL betting notes you'll want to note heading into Round Deux: 

  • Underdogs are 23-19 straight up for a profit of $983.24.
  • Puckline underdogs are 34-8 against the spread in the playoffs so far. 
  • 66 percent of games were decided by one goal (28 games). Only the first round of the 2012 playoffs had more one-goal games with 32 (via CBC). 
  • 18 games went to overtime in Round 1, which is a record. There were only 20 in all of last year's playoffs. Check your sportsbook for 3-way betting options in regulation time. 
  • The OVER/UNDER is 13-20-9 after Round 1. 
  • Average goals per game in Round 1 was 4.88. 
  • Nashville and Anaheim were the only teams to sweep Round 1 (Blackhawks, Flames). Since the 2005-06 season (post-lockout era), teams are 9-8-1 in the next series after sweeping. The push denotes that both teams were coming off a sweep. 
  • Since 2005-06, a sweep has never been followed by another sweep. Most commonly, a sweep is followed by a seven-game series. Eight of 18 (44%) series after a sweep went to Game 7.

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