NHL Picks: Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames Betting Tips

Dana Lane

Friday, October 14, 2016 9:05 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 9:05 PM UTC

Times are changing in the Pacific Division as speed is the new ingredient for success. Race down to Pinnacle, BetOnline, or SportsBetting to get the Oilers at a generous 'dog' price in NHL odds now!


2016-17 Record: 0-2   0%   -2.00 units

Although you never want to start 0-2, it provides a good lesson for hockey bettors. I can't stress enough how long of a marathon a hockey season is so hopefully you took my advice and played small to start. Two games, -2.00 units, no problem. The idea is always to play with house money as quickly as possible, so I look to solid dogs that will get me there quick. Neither came through but both had a shot at the end. 

I know that close at the end doesn't pay bills but what it does do is let me know that my capping isn't far off the mark so I can press forward with how I may perceive certain teams like the Kings and Islanders. If the side you like loses by three goals then you have to make some adjustments as to how you're going to attack their next game. Remember, I play up to 10 units so another small two unit play tonight won't hurt with a loss but will push you right in the black with a win.

The last lesson, when betting money lines is not to be too focused on win percentage because you literally could be hitting 55% and still lose money with the wrong favorites. When point spreads are involved then think about win percentage, money lines are much more about bankroll management.

The best part about SBR is that you are able to shop for the best line among all the great sportsbooks.

Shopping can make the difference between a good season and a great season. Our game tonight between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames offers a wide range of plus money from +110 to +116. The public is heavily on the Flames as they expect a bounce back effort from game one, a 7-4 Edmonton win, mostly because the Flames did control the pace of play and bettors expect Brian Elliot to be better.

We had this discussion on the radio yesterday about overreactions but also the underreactions. The public is betting the Flames based on the boxscore. True, the Flames held a 41-24 shot advantage but the Oilers kept most of those to the perimeter. Teams will be happy giving up 35 shots a night if their goaltender has clean looks and a longer time to react. It's the scrambles in front or rushes to the net that is most difficult to keep out.

Sorry for the lessons but if you really want to manage your money properly these things have to be talked about until we get in the black which we will do with our NHL picks.

@DanaLaneSports @DanaLaneNHL


Free NHL Pick: Edmonton Oilers +116 2 unitsBest Line Offered: at 5Dimes


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