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After examining which teams were most profitable on home ice this season, let's break down the squads that built reputations as road warriors.
If you had bet $100 on every road team this year, here are the profits that the most successful ones would have earned.
Getting away from the altitude seemed to do the Avalanche some good this season. They possessed the NHL's best win percentage away from home with a straight-up record of 24-13 (64.8%), and they raked in the profits thanks to an average line of -116, which ranked fifth-shortest in the NHL. Their total got a major boost from a run of nine successive road victories between Feb. 4 and March 2.
Just $3 off top spot, the Rangers settle for second place on our list of road warriors. They managed a win percentage of 55.9% away from home with a record of 19-15 SU, but they earned some bettors small fortunes thanks to an average line of +144. Only six teams had longer such averages, and none of those clubs had a road win percentage better than 42.9%. Oddsmakers severely underestimated the Rangers and failed to adjust to their road success.
The Oilers were third in overall profits away from home despite owning the league's seventh-best win percentage on the road. No team was more profitable as a road 'dog, with Edmonton posting a 19-14 record in that spot to net $1,237 in profits. Conversely, the Oilers were just 1-3 as road favorites (-$287).
The Capitals finished one win shy of matching Colorado's SU record on the road, but they were fourth among teams on this list with an average line of -122. To understand the full impact of the average line on the relationship between record and profits, look no further than the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were 21-15 SU on the road this season but had the NHL's shortest average line at -145 for a net figure of -$165.
Boasting the worst road winning percentage of any team on this list are the Panthers, who finished 18-16 SU away from home. Twelve other teams netted profits on the road this season, but Florida earned its place in these rankings thanks to a strong second half: The Panthers posted an 11-6 record away from home in 2020, a stretch that accounted for all of their campaign's road profits and then some (+$587).
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.