NHL Weekend Betting Tip Sheet: Canucks Best Home Team
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
Heading into this weekend’s NHL’s betting action, the surging Tampa Bay Lightning have won their last four games to open up a five-point lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay is the top team in the Eastern Conference with 25 points on a record of 12-3-1.
The surprising New York Islanders continue to set the pace in the Metro Division at 8-5-2 (18 points), but they have lost their last two games heading into Saturday’s road game against Florida. Washington, Philadelphia, and Columbus are a close second in the standings with 17 points.
The Nashville Predators have 24 points on a record of 12-3 after winning their last four games. They are four points ahead of Minnesota in Western Conference’s Central Division. Another big surprise this season has been the Vancouver Canucks with a two-point lead over Calgary and San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Canucks are 10-6-1 (21 points) in their first 17 games.
NHL Betting Trends
The best bet in the NHL through the early part of the season has been home favorites with a winning percentage of 56.3 percent. Home teams, in general, have won 54 percent of the time. When it comes to betting the NHL puck line, home underdogs have cashed a winner in 76.5 percent of those games. Overall, underdogs have been a solid bet on the puck line with a winning percentage of 65.6. Results on the NHL total line continue to even out with 51 percent of the games staying UNDER the closing line.
Vancouver’s surprising start has been a financial booM to bettors along for the ride. Through Thursday’s games, the Canucks are plus $1020 on a moneyline bet. They have also been the best betting team on their home ice with a plus $435 return. Nashville is down $7 at home at 5-3, but its perfect 7-0 start on the road has produced the best return in the league at plus $700.
Nashville’s hot start is a continuation of last season’s run to the most points in the NHL (117). The Predators’ current four-game run includes a 4-1 road victory against Tampa Bay on Nov. 1 as +110 underdogs. They knocked off Colorado 4-1 on Wednesday night as -125 road favorites in a game that stayed UNDER the six-goal closing line. The total has stayed UNDER in all four wins.
The Stars beat San Jose 4-3 on Thursday night as +115 home underdogs to improve to 6-2 on their home ice this season as part of an overall record of 9-6-1. They are five points in back of Nashville for the lead in the Central Division. The total went OVER 5.5 goals in Thursday win after it stayed UNDER in four of Dallas’s previous five outings.
This will be the first meeting in this season’s series after Nashville won three of four games last year. The total was evenly split 2-2 with the Predators doubling up the Stars 14-7 on the scoreboard in those four games.
After raising the bar almost as high as it can go with last season’s incredible run to the Stanley Cup Finals as an expansion team, the Golden Knights’ sophomore campaign has been a hard dose of reality at 7-8-1 through 16 games. They have won two of their last three games with Thursday’s 5-3 road victory against Ottawa as -165 favorites. This followed a 3-1 road loss against Toronto on Tuesday as +115 underdogs. Vegas is 3-6 on the road this season with the total staying UNDER in four of its last six road games.
Boston has fallen seven points off the pace in the Atlantic Division title race with three losses in its last five games heading into Saturday’s home game against Toronto. The Bruins came up short against Vancouver its last time out in an 8-5 loss at home on Thursday night as heavy -260 favorites. The total went well OVER 5.5 goals after staying UNDER in their last eight games. Boston is 8-5-2 overall with a 5-2 record on its home ice.
These two teams met twice last season with the home team winning each game. Both contests stayed UNDER a closing total line of six goals.
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