NHL Handicapping Guide- October 20
It has been two weeks since the start of the 2011/2012 NHL and while all 30 teams still have their sights set on making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, we are already starting to see some early separation with a few of the elite teams in the league. We are also starting to see some early betting trends that could present themselves as a golden opportunity to supplement your overall sports wagering strategy with a couple of timely wagers on a few select games this weekend.
Two of the favorites to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals out of the Eastern Conference are off to a strong start with Washington a perfect 5-0 straight-up and Philadelphia 4-0-1 SU. When it comes to early wagers on these teams it is a totally different story. The Capitals are actually just 1-4 against the spread and -268 on the money line, while the Flyers are 3-2 ATS and + 342 on the money line. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of the five games for both teams.
The most profitable team out of the East so far has been Buffalo. The Sabres are 4-1 ATS and +733 on the money line, which is the best in the NHL. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of their four games. The biggest drain on the bankroll in the East has been Montreal. The Canadiens are 1-4 ATS (1-3-1 SU) and -467 on the money line. The total has been split 2-2 in their four games.
The top money earners in the Western Conference so far have been Edmonton and Detroit. The Oilers are off to an average 2-2-1 SU start, but are a perfect 5-0 ATS and + 500 on the money line. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of the five games. Detroit is off to a perfect 4-0 SU start and is 3-1 ATS. The Red Wings are +490 on the money line and the total has stayed ‘under’ in three of its four games.
One of the biggest surprises out of the West has been the 2-3-1 SU start by Vancouver, which was the preseason favorite to win the Cup this season. The Canucks have also been a huge disappointment for anyone who has wagered on them as they are 1-5 ATS and -538 on the money line. The total has been split at 3-3 in six games.
Turning to this weekend games, Friday night features an early battle between two of the top teams in the Pacific Division with Dallas visiting Anaheim. The Stars are 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS while the Ducks are 4-1 both SU and ATS. Last season, Anaheim won two out of three and have now beaten Dallas four times in the last six meetings. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of the six games.
Another good matchup on Friday night pits West Coast verse East Coast with San Jose at New Jersey. The Sharks have stumbled out of the gate to a 1-3 start both SU and ATS, while the Devils are off to a solid 3-1 start SU and ATS. Over the past few years, New Jersey has gotten the best of this series with 4-1 SU record dating back to the 2008 season. The total has gone ‘over’ in three of the five games.
On Saturday night, two of the best teams in the league clash with Detroit paying a rare visit to Washington. The Red Wings beat the Capitals 3-2 as a 161 home favorite in their only meeting last season. The year before, the series was split at one game apiece with each team winning at home by the exact same score of 3-2. All three games have stayed ‘under’ the total.
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