With all the flashes on NFL it is easy sometimes to forget about the many great possibilities there are for sports betting. Betting on the NHL is just as exciting as betting on any of the biggest sports in the US. Here we talk about a few aspects to consider when looking for the best betting material in the NHL.
Sometimes it can 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 and an underdog must not lose by more than one.
Updated puckline records on every team are available online and they’re normally updated every week. Here’s an example of the records you can use to your advantage when placing your bets.
In the news for their current nine-game winning streak, the Washington Capitals, whom you would expect to be one of the best bets in the NHL, have actually been quite bad on the puckline. With a cash rate of 39.5 percent, the Caps are just over $250 in the green for the season. A big factor that has played into their poor puckline record is that most books consider Washington to be one of the best teams in the NHL and they’ve been the underdog just three times through their first 43 games. They opened as a +130 moneyline underdog for their game against the Penguins last night so it will likely be tough to get much value from their puckline.
In a successful NHL team, a solid goaltender is one of the most important pieces. Just as important it should be to consider what goalies are playing when placing a hockey bet.
Sergei Bobrovsky sits on top of the profit list for NHL goaltenders and the margin between him and the guy in second place is massive. Bob is the only netminder to have earned over $1000 for $100 bettors and he’s earned almost double what Devan Dubnyk has. With 26 wins, Officer Bobrovsky leads the NHL and other than in his five-goal gaffe in the Blue Jackets’ loss to the Capitals, he’s looked basically unbeatable. The 28-year-old Russian just missed three games due to illness but expect him to fill the Columbus net going forward and expect him to continue his Vezina Trophy-caliber season.
Having possibly the best season of any goaltender, Dubnyk has a 23-10 straight-up record and leads the league in save percentage, goals-against average and, up until Braden Holtby’s shutout on Friday. Whether is goalies or puck line records, find the best betting material in the NHL at Heritagesports.eu.