With NFL at it’s best most betting traffic is going in one direction, but for those experienced or simply more ambitious bettors that are constantly looking for better betting opportunities, other sports are a significant alternative. For example betting on the NHL, although it can sometimes be hard to find value in a team that’s either heavily favored or is a major underdog on the moneyline. Luckily for us, most sportsbooks give us a puckline, which is the same idea as a point spread in sports such as football and basketball. The difference, of course, is that scores in hockey are much lower and the spread is almost always set at 1.5. This means that in order to cash a spread bet, a favorite must win by two or an underdog must not lose by more than one.
Montreal continues to pace the league in puckline wins and considering how bad their division has been this year, we can’t foresee any changes. The Habs are 10-2-5 against teams in the Atlantic and are a spectacular 6-2 against the spread in road games against divisional opponents. Carey Price looks to have exited the slump he was in and as the Canadiens get more and more healthy, this team should only get better and continue to cash bets on the puckline. Staying in the northern country, the Toronto Maple Leafs sit just one game back of their division rivals for the third and final Atlantic playoff spot. The young guns on the Leafs have developed into NHL studs much more quickly than most people expected and will have a chance to further prove themselves in a matchup with the Calgary Flames tonight.
The Maple Leafs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
The Flames are 3-18 SU in their last 21 games on the road against the Maple Leafs.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Maple Leafs’ last 9 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.
The Flames are another team in the difficult position of competing while trying to develop young prospects and they seem to have taken a step backward since last year. Although they currently sit in one of the two Western Conference wild-card spots, they’ve lost four of their last five games despite being favored in all but one of those.
Toronto is coming off a stinger of a loss to the Senators in which they took a lead into the dying seconds. Ottawa tied the game late on the man advantage and went on to win the game in a shootout. Another loss tonight would make it three in a row for the Leafs and that’s something they’ve already done four separate times this season.
An advantage for the Flames tonight will be their road power play, which has operated at a 21.9 percent efficiency rate, as it goes up against a Leafs penalty kill that has been terrible at home and that will more than likely be without its best blue-liner, Morgan Rielly. Cash bets on the puckline, sign up at HeritageSports.eu.