Through the first month-plus of the National Hockey League has improved their product and done so in the form of increased scoring. Improved in product terms only if you prefer scoring. After roughly 19 team contests the 2017-18 campaign has seen goal scoring at its highest since the 2005-06 season. Games are ending with 6.04 goals per game on average. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Pens remain chalk.
To compare the 2017-18 scoring to last season the increase is a half-goal more per game. With the uptick in goals and the obvious need for quality goaltending the franchise with the most points so far this season has traded for goaltender depth.
The Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning made a trade today. The Coyotes sent goalie Louis Domingue to the Lightning for forward Tye McGinn and goalie Michael Leighton. According to ESPN the trade , announced on Tuesday, “ends Domingue’s mixed tenure with the Coyotes.” The Associated Press reported “Domingue played well at times as Mike Smith‘s backup last season but struggled this season after new No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta suffered a pair of lower-body injuries. Domingue went 0-6 with a 4.33 goals-against average before Arizona acquired Scott Wedgewood in a trade with New Jersey.”
ESPN stats noted that “McGinn has nine goals and eight assists in 89 career NHL games with three teams, including Arizona in 2014-15. Leighton has appeared in 110 NHL games with four teams, going 37-43-14 with a 2.98 goals-against average.”
You will find one-hundred-and-one different reasons for the increase in scoring through roughly 19 team games this season. Most agree, particularly NHL saber-pundits, that an increase in penalties is the primary variable.
Which teams are benefited the most from the increase in penalties? The teams that with puck skills and quality killing lines. With scoring up the result of the most power plays this season hasn’t necessary translated into winning records.
The following clubs have scored the most goals with a man-advantage.
1. Tampa Bay – 20
2. Pittsburgh – 18
3. NY Rangers – 17
4. Dallas – 16
5. Toronto – 15
The Pittsburgh Penguins (9-to-2) remain the South Point Race and Sportsbook odds-on to win the 2018 Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay a distant second at 8-to-1.
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Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Pens remain chalk