Sports B.I.T. - Breaking Down Stanley Cup Playoffs Action Tonight

Ted Sevransky

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:12 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016 8:12 PM UTC

On SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly share their expertise on the sports they know intimately and the betting strategies that have worked for these two Vegas veterans over the years.

But when one of the two guys isn’t an expert on a particular sport or a particular style of betting, Teddy and Pauly don’t pretend to be more knowledgeable than they are.  Instead, they bring in a guest to share their knowledge, ensuring that SportsBIT viewers stay informed.

Teddy doesn’t know anything about hockey except one winning strategy that has paid off for him over the years – he’s got a ‘guy’, who has been sharing his hockey bets with Teddy for many years; a totals expert.  But that ‘guy’ isn’t interested in being on air, and his specialty is totals, not sides or series.  So, Pauly brought in Brian Blessing for some hockey talk as the NHL Playoffs kick off the chase for the Stanley Cup tonight.

Blessing is certainly no hockey amateur.  He was the studio voice for the Buffalo Sabers for many years before moving to Vegas, and he follows hockey like he’s still doing a play-by-play stint for his hometown squad.  On today’s deep dive, Blessing spends ‘Five Great Minutes’ talking  with Pauly about the opening round playoff series and Stanley Cup Futures.

Blessing isn’t shy about offering strong betting opinions.  He suggests that bettors who like the LA Kings to win the Cup to look at Drew Doughty and/or Jonathan Quick props to win the Conn Smythe Trophy; offering far better returns than the ‘LA to win the Cup’ odds that are available in sportsbooks right now.  Blessing also talks about how the home ice advantage isn’t particularly strong in the NHL Playoffs, in sharp contrast to what we see every year in the NBA.

When it comes to ‘Live Underdogs’ in the first round, Blessing offered two recommendations – the Detroit Red Wings at +130 (a line that has been bet in the other direction, offering some additional value on Detroit for anyone who backs them now), and the New York Islanders, also in the +130 range, against the Florida Panthers.  And Brian thinks that the ultimate NHL ‘Playoff Futility’ team – the St Louis Blues—are live to make a deep run this year…potentially all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Check out the whole show right here, right now.

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