Championship Handicapper Dana Lane gives an update on NHL betting trends, future bets, and where to find the best hockey prop bets to help you build up your bankroll.
From time to time I like to review NHL betting trends because it gives a little edge to players who don't want to pay for professional advice but at the same time doesn't have the time to handicap games their self. I must always note that this should not be the standard way to bet games because there are so many variables that need to be considered on a daily basis. With that being said here's how NHL betting has broke down through the first half of the season.
When you're betting games straight, meaning you're just betting a side, it's almost the same story every season as the home favorites dominate, with this season being no different. Through the first half of the year home favorites are 289-124 (62.96%). An impressive record for sure but don't forget that many of those losses contain large favorites. It doesn't take long to eat up a bankroll when you're laying -200. For every -200 favorite that loses one game you'll have to win three bets to make a profit.
If you're a player who likes to bet the puck-line you'll want to focus on home underdogs who when getting +1.5 goals own a sparkling record of 118-54 (68.60%).
The common theme here is bet the home teams.
'Total' bettors were all over the 'over' when the season started but a month later that all changed as teams adjusted. Now the 'under' has a slight season advantage of 281-260 (51.94%)
Those are some general guidelines to help but what about wagering on specific teams.
Looking at my current power rankings the Pittsburgh Penguins are securely sitting in the number one spot but does being the number one team equate into being the number one betting option?. Even at 26-10 you can't blindly take the Penguins on the puckline every night because a great deal of their wins have been one-goal games. That doesn't get the job done when you need the favorite to win by two. If you bet Pittsburgh on the puckline this season you would be -771.
So who is the best team to bet on when laying 1.5 goals? That honor goes to the Montreal Canadiens who have given bettors an impressive return of +2195 units. Last is the Colorado Avalanche at -2693 units.
It's not all bleak for Penguin backers at you can still get a future ticket on Pittsburgh at +750 at SportsInteraction.
I use SportsInteraction because they not only provide lines and props for the NHL but the American Hockey League as well as various international leagues. It's by far the best hockey betting site if you're looking for variety. It evens offers props on specific players to score goals or just to get on the score sheet.
Best of luck to all the remainder of the season!