With the 2020-21 NHL regular season now in its stretch run portion, it’s time to identify the top upsets that have gone down over the course of this season so you can keep betting against their NHL odds. Three teams stand head and shoulders above all others when it comes to NHL upsets this season.
NHL Regular Season Upsets – Trio of Teams Highlight Biggest Disappointments in the NHL
Dallas Stars (19-15-12)
Dallas reached the NHL Stanley Cup Finals a year ago, but have struggled all season long following its COVID-19 delayed start of the season. The Stars rank an impressive sixth in goals allowed (2.4 GPG), but have struggled to light the lamp by averaging a modest 2.8 goals per contest to rank 14th in scoring.
Superstar center Joel Pavelski has scored a team-high 43 points with a team-high 20 goals, but only three other players have reached double figures in goals scored. Wingers Jamie Benn and Dennis Gurianov have been limited to a paltry nine and 10 goals respectively. Succinctly put, this season has been one long upset of a campaign for a Stars team that is currently in sixth place in the Central Division standings.
Boston Bruins (27-12-6)
The Bruins finished with the best record in the NHL a year ago, but the Bruins have largely underachieved all season long. Boston is in fourth place in the East Division standings despite ranking an encouraging seventh in goals allowed (2.5 GPG). The Bruins have struggled to light the lamp as well as they did a year ago and ranks an uninspiring 19th in scoring (2.8 GPG).
All-star winger Brad Marchand has scored a team-high 25 goals and team-high 32 assists, but reigning Hart Trophy winner David Pastrnak hasn’t played at the same high level he did a year ago. Pastrnak has 18 goals and 23 assists this season. The addition of veteran Patrice Beregeron has been nice, with the center putting up 18 goals and 23 assists. Boston could make a run in the postseason if they get in but as it stands right now, the Bruins have been one of the biggest upsets in the NHL in 2021.
Philadelphia Flyers (21-18-7)
Philadelphia is in sixth place in the East Division standings. The Flyers have been ‘upset’ time and time again this season and look nothing like the team that reached last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
Philadelphia ranks an uninspiring 18th in scoring (2.8 GPG) and a pitiful 31st in goals allowed (3.5 GPG) one year after ranking an identical seventh in scoring and goals allowed. The Flyers have gone 12-8-3 on the road but have struggled mightily at home 9-10-4. Make no mistake about it, Philadelphia has been the biggest disappointment in the NHL this season.