Champion Handicapper Dana Lane gives you an early glimpse into betting pucks, future considerations, and an update on his latest power rankings.
Penguins still the team to beat
Not much has changed this season when it comes to who is on top of my power rankings. The Penguins have owned that spot for much of the season but can we still get a quality futures number? The answer is, yes. At BetOnline you can still get involved with a healthy +700 on the Penguins who are right behind the Capitals in the Metro Division with a game in hand. Pittsburgh will be too large of a favorite to bet at home but they have two games on the road at Buffalo and Ottawa that will offer a reasonable price, especially Ottawa. Wait for the quality moneylines because the Pens have been a weak 31-38 when laying 1.5 goals. ‘Over's' continue to dominate Pittsburgh games with a 41-24-4 record along with a 21-8-3 ‘over' record at home.
I'm not one to jump on trends because I feel like each game provides it's own unique dynamic but let's look at a couple teams that may be poised to go on steaks starting with the Chicago Blackhawks who have won three straight as they look to win another Central Division crown. Their next four games are against teams that are out of the playoffs, at Toronto, home vs Colorado, Vancouver, and Dallas. The ‘Hawks have won 22 of their last 30 and it appears that this week has the making of further solidifying that record.
The ‘over' is 20-7-1 over their last 28 games.
The Nashville Predators are also on a three-game winning streak with the Carolina Hurricanes on the road, with Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames at home on the upcoming schedule. You wouldn't get a good number on the side in these match-ups but you might consider the Predators ‘over' which has cashed 19 of their last 26 with a ‘push'.
Their Central Division rival Minnesota Wild is going in the opposite direction after dropping their last three games and four of six. The Wild are staring at an important stretch of games as five of their remaining six games this month are at home where they have won 18 of their last 25 contest.
If you're a bettor that doesn't really have the time to handicap games let's try to make things a little easier. Home favorites have dominated by winning over 60% of the time (452-228-40-30). Although that number looks impressive, remember that includes some big home favorites which I would never recommend playing.
Favorites overall are cashing at a rate of just below 59% (608-322-60-41).
From a puck-line perspective home teams getting +1.5 are an impressive 199-91 good for a winning percentage of 68.62%
For ‘total players it could get more even as the ‘unders' hold a slight 461-452 advantage.