Goals will be Hard to Come Tonight in Vancouver

Dana Lane

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 4:30 PM UTC

We’ll stay in Canada for tonight’s winner, moving from East to West where the Vancouver Canucks host the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop 10:00 ET/7:00 PT

It took a while but the Toronto Maple Leafs woke up late against the Chicago Blackhawks to cash our fourth straight win to start the season. The public took it on the chin because they couldn’t resist getting plus money with the Blackhawks. According to the SBR odds page, over 90% of all wagers were on the Hawks but it was the 10% that moved the money as the ‘wise guys’ cashed in betting the Leafs.

Ottawa Senators vs Vancouver Canucks  

Early wagers are coming in on the ‘over’ as the line has moved from 5, shaded to the ‘over’ -130, to -152 in some spots. Others have just moved their number to 5.5 which is what we’re going to take advantage of. I can understand the reason why the public is that side considering the ‘over’ is 5-2 in their last seven meetings in Vancouver and ‘overs’, like last season, have cashed at a 63% clip but you can’t blindly play what has happened in the past nor can you play a total based on what the rest of the league is doing. Each game is a separate entity which is why I’m walking to the window to bet the ‘under’ tonight.

Make sure to shop for the 5.5; I’m more than happy to pay a little more to get a half goal which is so valuable in the National Hockey League.

In order for me to play an ‘over’ I must feel confident about both teams power play. Having a strong special teams unit ensures at least 1-2 goals per game that leave us asking very little offensively when both teams are at full strength. It gives a bettor a tremendous advantage but it works on the flip side too. There’s nothing worse than crossing your fingers that teams will all of a sudden find their scoring touch on the power play. Always bet on what you know and what we know is both Ottawa and Vancouver won’t provide much in the way of extra-man scoring. It’s only game two but Vancouver is off to their usual special teams start. Against the Oilers, the Canucks managed just one goal in seven opportunities, a problem for Vancouver for at least five seasons.

Not much better for Ottawa who has started the season 0/12. With that being said are we really going to ask the Senators to push the total over without last year’s leading scorer Erik Karlsson who will be out of the line-up tonight?

Speaking of what I know, aside from their first game against Edmonton, the Canucks lost 15 of their last 17 games producing just 1.76 goals per game at the end of last season. I’m not going to let a three-goal game against Edmonton change my view of what I remembered them being from last season.

Shop for the best number but go grab that ‘under’ for your NHL picks to cash our fifth straight win.


Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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