Pro Advice: Treat the NHL All-Star Game as Nothing More than Fun Wagers

Dana Lane

Saturday, January 27, 2018 6:00 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 6:00 PM UTC

If you are planning to make a wager on the NHL All-Star game, take some advice from a bonafide pro: This should be just for fun. We know about the divisional match-ups but are there other prop bets that make more sense.

63rd NHL All-Star GameFree NHL Pick: Central / Pacific UNDER 12Best Lines Offered: at Sports Interaction

Golden Knight Marc-Andre Fleury shines while Mike Smith makes the most of his second All-Star Game after initially being looked over.

This is my favorite time of the NHL season because it gives me a chance to regroup and sleep for a few days but I know there are a few people who want a couple betting options when it comes to the NHL All-Star Game so let’s see if we can come up with a few. Puck drops at 3:30 ET /12:30 PT between the Metropolitan Division and the Atlantic Division from Amalie Arean in Tampa, Florida.

Here’s a quick note on the actual format.

Like last year, the single elimination games consist of two 10 minutes halves. This is a 3-on-3, single elimination tournament. A shootout will determine a winner if tied after 10 minutes. The rosters were chosen and divided by division consisting of the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Pacific, and Central.

So how do we bet this thing and do we have any options Saturday during the skills competition starting at 7:00 ET / 4:00 PT.

Let’s tackle the game first.

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NHL All-Star Game: Fun Skills Competition moments (Video)

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The Atlantic Division is a +210 favorite at Bovada, mostly because they have a perceived home ice advantage. So far in two All-Star games, with this format, the home division hasn’t cashed a ticket so let’s throw the Atlantic out. It makes sense because the home division, especially the home town players, has the most demand on their time so the game is really the last thing on their mind.

You really have two choices here. One, take two teams and give yourself a 50/50 chance for a profit because you’re getting another chance at more than +200. This bet would require you to have two accounts because SBR approved books only allow one wager on this this prop. You should have more than one account anyway to shop for the best number during the regular season. Two, stick to one team and cross your fingers. What I would do is play the Pacific (+235) at Sports Interaction and the Central (+230) at Bovada. A win would give you a nice $35 pop on a $100 wager. Of course, the risk is you would lose both but it does give yourself a better chance at pounding out a profit. This is supposed to be a fun day so treat as such when betting on the game.

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A side wager to look at is the Metropolitan Division to score 1st over the Atlantic (-109) at Sports Interaction. The idea is to have most of your bases covered to give yourself a chance to win big or lose just a small amount. It’s not inconceivable that the Metro will score first but not win the game.

Is there any other prop wager that’s worth a look?

Sports Interaction has always been a friend of mine when it comes to betting props, this year is no exception. Their ASG MVP prop offers Connor McDavid as the favorite at +680, Steven Stamkos at the second favorite at +680, Nikita Kucherov and Sidney Crosby a distant third at +800. You can only bet one so why not go with Steven Stamkos at +695. The reasoning is we already have wagers on two divisions that Stamkos is not involved with. If those two wagers lose then we’re left with the Atlantic and Metro. If the Atlantic does break the home team spell then chances are it will be one of the home town guys leading the way.

As far as the skills competition wagering, just sit back and enjoy it, there hasn’t been any numbers posted at the leading SBR sports books and even if there was you would likely have to lay too much juice with the guys we know will win.

There you have 4 recommendations to put some milk money on. If we can pound out at least plus money wins we’ll come away with a profit.

All the best.



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