Champion Handicapper Dana Lane gives you an early glimpse into betting pucks, team wagering trends, and an update on his latest power rankings.
I’m going to use my Tuesday blog to discuss relevant betting trends by specific teams as it might apply to the upcoming week in the NHL, and then we’ll end it up by discussing overall league trends.
The Boston Bruins who are hanging on to the third spot in the Atlantic start their week with a trip to Toronto. Interesting to note, the Bruins are 38-17 in their last Monday games. I take these records with a grain of salt but interesting to know. Perhaps more relevant is the seven game streak the Bruins are on vs. teams with a losing record. The Bruins will play the Lightning on Thursday (3/23) in the only possible play this week in this scenario. Keep in mind I add all losses, even if they are overtime or shootout losses to determine a team’s true record.
The Buffalo Sabres continues to be a team that you would want to play against on the road. Over their last 152 road games, the Sabres are just 45-107. This week Buffalo plays at Detroit Monday (3/19) and then again 3/28 at Columbus. Two dates to keep an eye on to play against the Sabres.
At 17-54 against the Central Division, the Arizona Coyotes are always a team you may want to consider playing against. The Coyotes play Central opponents on Monday (3/20) and then 3/27 at St. Louis. It may be too big of a price to lie so the puck-line would be the only consideration.
The San Jose Sharks feast on teams under .500. In their last 28 games in this spot, the Sharks have won 20. The Sharks play twice this week at Dallas.
Overall League numbers see the home favorites cashing over 60% of all tickets, the number is not as impressive but over the last 30 days, the home favorites are still providing at a healthy win percentage of 57%. Home underdogs getting +1.5 are hitting at an even higher percentage (68.35%) on the season.
From a ‘total’ perspective the ‘under’ is continuing to be a slightly stronger play (470-462).
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