NHL St. Patrick’s Day Game: Luckiest Team

NHL St. Patrick’s Day Game: Luckiest Team
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The luckiest day of the year arrives on Sunday, or at least that is what St. Patrick’s Day represents. The lexicon of the Irish and their ancestors rules for a day; everyone tries to find the most green outfit possible to avoid getting pinched by the bad luck bug. Customers using top US betting sites will just be seeking the same good luck they always look for.

In the NHL, there will be seven games on Sunday, stretching out from a 1 p.m. Eastern time showdown between the New York Islanders and Rangers at Madison Square Garden (on TNT) to a 7 p.m. clash between the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues in the Gateway City.

In between, 14 NHL teams will look to add another victory to their all-time March 17 total, also including the New Jersey Devils, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

But are there any trends relating to St. Patrick’s Day at legal online sportsbooks? Using Sports-Reference.com, USBettingReport.com looked into the past three years of each NHL team’s performance during games or on right before St. Patrick’s Day. The Seattle Kraken were not included within this list as they have only played two full seasons in the NHL (currently in their third).

NHL Teams On Or Near St. Patrick’s Day

Rank Team W-L% Avg. Goals
1 Edmonton Oilers 1.000 5.7
2 Colorado Avalanche 1.000 5.3
3 Minnesota Wild 1.000 5
4 Tampa Bay Lightning 1.000 4
5 Los Angeles Kings 1.000 3.7
6 Florida Panthers .667 6
7 Calgary Flames .667 5.3
8 New York Rangers .667 4.7
T9 Toronto Maple Leafs .667 3.7
T9 Winnipeg Jets .667 3.7
T9 Vegas Golden Knights .667 3.7
T12 Philadelphia Flyers .667 3.3
T12 New York Islanders .667 3.3
14 Arizona Coyotes .667 3
15 Boston Bruins .667 2.3
16 Detroit Red Wings .667 2
17 Anaheim Ducks .333 4.7
18 Washington Capitals .333 4
T19 New Jersey Devils .333 3
T19 Nashville Predators .333 3
T21 Dallas Stars .333 2.7
T21 St. Louis Blues .333 2.7
T23 Pittsburgh Penguins .333 2
T23 Chicago Blackhawks .333 2
25 Vancouver Canucks .333 1.7
26 Montreal Canadiens .000 3.7
27 Carolina Hurricanes .000 2.7
T28 Ottawa Senators .000 2.3
T28 Columbus Blue Jackets .000 2.3
T30 Buffalo Sabres .000 1.7
T30 San Jose Sharks .000 1.7

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Which NHL Team Fares Best On March 17?

You won’t find this information at mobile sports betting apps, only here at USBettingReport.com.

Based on our research from Hockey-Reference.com, USBR found that the Edmonton Oilers are the luckiest team, according to win-loss percentages and average score. The Oilers have scored an average of 5.7 goals per game across the past three years of games on or leading up to March 17.

Of the 31 NHL franchises that have been around for three full seasons, five of them have gone 3-0 on March 17 since 2021. The Oilers are No. 1 on our list, thanks to that goalscoring tiebreaker, over the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Oilers are second in current Stanley Cup odds with Caesars Sportsbook at +700, behind only the Florida Panthers (+650).

At the bottom of the list for St. Patrick’s Day fortune, the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks have yet to record a win on the luckiest day on the calendar since 2021. None of that sextet wear green on their jersey palette, surprisingly enough.

Nine more NHL franchises have .333 win percentages on or near St. Patrick’s Day, while 11 others have a .667 figure. That shows how much of a crapshoot professional hockey can be – for both teams and people using NHL betting promos – when it comes to finding success on a daily basis.

Still, some 14 clubs will do their darnedest to add a win to their totals come Sunday, as some of the best players in the NHL take the ice on St. Patrick’s Day.

One piece of trivia: Did you know that the Maple Leafs used to be called the Toronto St. Patricks? They carried that name from 1919 to 1926 and from time to time the Leafs bust out green-and-white throwback uniforms with “St. Pats” on the front.



Christopher Boan is a lead writer at USBettingReport.com specializing in covering sports betting issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.