With the regular season winding down, you still have some time to make money on your NHL hockey best bets before the Stanley Cup playoff commence and an entirely new season gets under way.
For many casual hockey fans, puck line wagering is a mystery. However, if dates back to the betting roots of the game and is nothing more than point spread with a numerical odds value. The traditional number has always been either plus (+) or minus (-) 1.5, but many sportsbooks now offer a (+) or (-) 1 or even a (+) or (-) 1/2. Bottom line against the NHL odds, your pick has to beat the point spread. Here is a look at the teams to play on the puck line.
Minnesota (+19.6 units)
Those making NHL picks on the puck line were wild about the Wild in December and January when they were 22-5 SU and a dozen of those victories was by two or more goals. Minnesota was also a wonderful road underdog, beating the spread on 12 occasions. This month the Wild have been in a deep slump at 3-12 SU and have lost several units in the process. Let's see if turning the page to April helps.
Montreal (+15.4) and Columbus (+14.5)
The Canadiens and Blue Jackets are second and third best bets on the puck line because of defense and just enough offense. Montreal is second in fewest goals allowed and Columbus is fifth and because of this, they win more than their fair share of underdog roles with one goal losses or outright upsets, along with two or more goal victories as favorites.
Sometimes being a handicapper works against you as opposed to being a practical thinker. Case in point, you knew coming into the season Colorado was the worst team in the league and that was confirmed by mid-November. How smart would it have been just to bet against the Avalanche every game on the puck line? Though I have made money betting against Colorado, wagering against them each time out would have made a bundle.
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