Early-season NHL betting has gone heavily in favor of underdogs, a trend that emerges each year as oddsmakers get a feel for the league's strong and weak teams.
For hockey enthusiasts looking to cash in against sportsbooks, Tuesday is a light night with just two games on the NHL schedule.
Here is a breakdown for bettors of both games going this night and a look at what’s in store for Wednesday.
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The dynamic young trio of Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene, and Chris Stewart have combined for seven points in just two games and will need to keep up the torrid pace when Colorado meets Detroit on Tuesday.
Great goaltending for the Colorado Avalanche (+180) and more production out of those three players is what they need to get past the favored Detroit Red Wings (-200), who look to stay undefeated when the teams hook up at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard turned away 21 shots as he shut out the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Also on Tuesday, Los Angeles (-200) is favored to get the win in its home-opener at Staples Center when they entertain Atlanta, underdogs at +170. The Kings will need to get their 1-for-9 power play going if they expect to pull out the victory in front of the home crowd.
The Thrashers dropped a 5-3 decision to Tampa Bay on Saturday and will be seeking redemption against a team they don’t mind seeing on occasion. Atlanta has won the last three versus Los Angeles. Is that a reason to look hard at betting the underdog?
Wednesday night sees a six-pack of games with a couple of interesting matchups. The surprising 2-0 Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping they can keep Sidney Crosby goalless for the fourth straight night when they travel to Pittsburgh and do battle with the Penguins.
Toronto will likely be the underdog in this game, and might provide for the best upset bet on the night - especially since the Penguins are off to a slow start at 1-2.
Also in action on Wednesday; New Jersey tries to get its first win of the season when they take on the Sabres in Buffalo. Derek Roy leads the league in goals and points for the Sabres. The Devils have struggled and Martin Brodeur has yet to find his “A” game early in the season.
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The Islanders will have to shut down Alex Ovechkin, five points in three games, if they stand any chance at upsetting the likely favored Washington squad. Vincent Lecavalier loves to perform in his home province, thus it could be a good bet to look at his Tampa Bay club as they take on the Canadiens in Montreal.
Nashville visits Chicago for a date with the defending Stanley Cup champions, who finally got into the win column with a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Monday. And Vancouver will go head-to-head in a battle of winless teams when they take on Anaheim.