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The Tampa Bay Lightning have been almost unstoppable this season with an NHL-high 81 points, and most of that can be attributed to all the offensive firepower they have on the roster. Because of that, it only makes sense they would be one of the best over/under bets you could make this season. 


The Lightning have greatly rewarded over bettors this season, especially in the first period of games, owning an incredible 40-12 record on the over in the first 20 minutes this season. 

Several playoff contenders round out the Top 10, but there are two teams really stand out when you compare their first period totals to where they reside in the standings.

​​Despite owning the fourth-lowest point total in the league (49), the Chicago Blackhawks have been just as good as Tampa Bay at hitting the over in the first period of play, owning a 40-13 mark. 


The New Jersey Devils, meanwhile, have been a surprisingly solid over bet in the first period. Contrary to what their 47 points in the standings may indicate, the Devils have hit the over in 32 of the 51 games they have played this season.


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