Defense wins championships no matter what sport.
In the National Hockey League, this couldn't be more true as a strong goalie can be the difference between winning and losing the Stanley Cup.
NHL goalie betting is in high-gear as the league's regular season comes to an end.
Goalies can be the most profitable hockey player for online bookies. Or they can at least add profit to a team.
So, which goalies should be looked upon as the ones to back? Which ones look least profitable?
Most profitable NHL goalies
Columbus Blue Jackets started the season as the NHL's high flyers. Plenty of NHL bettors backed the team, expecting them to keep going all the way through the season.
Hopefully, most online bookies refrained from backing the team to do the same as the Blue Jackets have crashed to Earth.
Despite the team's fall, NHL goalie betting has remained strong on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
The team is still one of the best in the Metropolitan Division and Bobrovsky's 2.18 GAA is fifth best in the NHL.
Minnesota is top of the Central Division and it can thank goalie Devan Dubnyk for that. His 2.05 GAA is second in the league.
Online bookies need to keep an eye on Dubnyk in their NHL goalie betting. Dubnyk has the most wins in the NHL and third in shutouts. He has also won $1179.59.
This means your bettors could too. Put max betting limits on Dubnyk to ensure money is not lost on this team.
Yet, one player that is being overlooked by some is the NHL's current goals against average leader Braden Holtby.
His 1.95 GAA is the best in the league and his 32 wins are second to Dubnyk. Add in seven shutouts, tops in the league, and online bookies could see as a dark horse in profitability.
Holtby's Capitals have the NHL's best points total and many believe the team will win the Stanley Cup.
Least profitable NHL goalies
For as poor as the Dallas Stars have been, the team isn't the worst in terms of points.
Goalie Kari Lehtonen has been woeful, yet many fans of the Finnish goalie have stuck by him.
Bettors have stayed true to the Stars' goalie based on his past; but 2016-17 has been his worst professional season.
He has lost NHL goalie betting punters over $1,000. His 2.94 GAA is 10th worst in the entire league.
Online bookies should stay away from Lehtonen. However, the Stars still have a shot at the playoffs.
Promoting the team's chance at the postseason to fans is a great way to sell Lehtonen on them.
Twenty-two-year-old goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, hasn't had the big season many expected. The Russian's Tampa Bay Lightning is stuck near the bottom of the Atlantic Division.
Vasilevskiy has lost just under $900 to those that have backed him this season. 7
Online bookies that expected youth to prevail have been undone by the Russian and his 2.75 GAA, which is 15th worst in the NHL.
Vasilevskiy is now the No. 1 in Tampa Bay, and could improve, which will influence some to stick with the Russian goalie.
Due to Vasilevskiy's youth and the fact he is just now the Lightning's No. 1, these should be the reasons online bookies and pay per head agents be careful of the Russian’s fans.
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