NHL Betting Tips - Back The Canucks At Home With Underdog Value

Dana Lane

Sunday, October 16, 2016 6:13 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 6:13 PM UTC

The public has battered the opening number pushing the Hurricanes to a position of road favorite in the NHL odds board.  I'll tell you why that move will benefit our bankroll tonight.

2016-17 NHL Record: 2-3   40.00%   +0.47 units

Just a quick recap of last night as we went 1-1 but received a small profit when the Colorado Avalanche won as a 'dog.

Again, that's the beauty of betting games with plus money, you only have to hit 50% to pad the bankroll.

Today offers a light schedule with only three games but one has stood out. Remember the focus should be trying to find those underdogs that are going to give you the best opportunity to win which is why Buffalo at +152 isn't an option. Even though they'll give you the best return of the three, their chances are slim with all their injuries against Edmonton.

Let's focus on the Carolina Hurricanes traveling across country to take on the Vancouver Canucks. This line opened as Vancouver the favorite at -115 but as we can see the market has belted the Hurricanes driving the 'Canes to the position of favorite. This bodes well for us as it was going the Canucks or no one in this game to begin with. Right now at 5Dimes you can get the Canucks at a +116, which is the best price at this time. 


So why the love for Carolina?

That's a good question considering Carolina isn't a public team and even though they're considered to be a young, highly skilled team this looks like a complete overreaction to the schedule. The Canucks are playing on back to back nights against a Carolina team that has been in Vancouver for a couple days. Its reminiscent of when Calgary played their second of back to backs against the Canucks last night and went off as a 'dog. This line is nothing more than a line dictated by the schedule but at this early juncture of the season, I'm not sure fatigue plays that big of a role considering both teams didn't make the playoffs.

I'm not going to anoint the Canucks as contenders in the Pacific but let's watch how the acquisition of Loui Eriksson impacts the organization.  Ericksson, a 30 goal scorer in Boston, is on a line with the Sedin twins who had three points in the opener. There is plenty of potential there for the trio to have a big season. 

Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller is often forgotten in Western Canada but when matched up against Eddie Lack of Carolina he is clearly the better of the two goaltenders. Miller already has a shutout to his credit in game one while Carolina's Eddie Lack will be making his first start this season. Lack's numbers last season were horrific, specifically his goals against average (2.81). My NHL pick is for the Cannucks, I cant back an under .500 goaltender on the road who can't beat out Cam Ward.

Free NHL Play: Canucks +116Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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