NHL Weekend Betting Tip Sheet: The Canucks Are The Way To Go
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
Heading into the first weekend in November, one of the hottest teams in the NHL is the New York Islanders with a four-game winning streak that has them tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the Metro Division with 15 points. The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to set the pace in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with 17 points on a record of 8-3-1. Boston, Montreal, and Toronto are all just one point back heading into Friday night’s games.
The top team in the Western Conference is the Nashville Predators with 20 points. They are 10-3 with a three-point cushion over Winnipeg in the Central. The Calgary Flames have gotten off to a fast start in the Pacific at 8-5-1 to lead that division with 17 points.
NHL Betting Trends
Following the first month of the season, favorites have the slight edge with a winning percentage of 52.4. Home teams come in at 51.8 percent and home favorites have the best winning percentage at 53.5 percent. Given the rather small edge in all of these numbers, there is quite a bit of value in betting on underdogs on the NHL moneyline.
When it comes to betting the NHL puck line, home underdogs have covered 75.9 percent of the time over a span of 54 games. Underdogs, in general, have covered 66 percent of the time. The winning percentage for road underdogs on the puck line is 62.1.
The total line in the NHL has stayed UNDER in 51.7 percent of all games and it has gone OVER in 24 of the 44 games decided in overtime.
The top betting team on the NHL moneyline through Thursday night’s action at Intertops online sportsbook has been the Vancouver Canucks at plus $775. They are just one point back in the Pacific Division standings at 8-6. The Canucks are also the best home team at plus $310 along with Nashville as the top NHL betting team on road at plus $476 after going a perfect 6-0 in its first six games away from home.
The Bruins come into this inter-conference clash with three victories in their last four games including a 3-2 win against Carolina on Tuesday night as +110 road underdogs. The total stayed UNDER six goals in that game and it has now stayed UNDER in Boston’s last six games. Its record on the road this season is 3-2-2 verse a 4-1 record at home.
Nashville started November with an impressive 4-1 victory on the road against Tampa Bay as a +110 underdogs after knocking off Vegas 4-1 at home as a -180 favorite. Each of these games stayed UNDER the closing line after going OVER or ending as a PUSH in six of the Predators previous seven games. They are 4-3 at home after losing two of their last three games at Bridgestone Arena.
Head-to-head in this matchup, Nashville has won four of the last six meetings with the total staying UNDER in four of those games. The Predators have a four-game winning streak over Boston on their home ice.
Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Ottawa as a -130 road favorite was Buffalo’s third in a row by a combined score of 11-7. It also lost to Columbus on the road 5-4 last Saturday as a +170 underdog to start this slide. The Sabres are 6-5-2 overall with an even 3-3-1 record on the road. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last seven games despite a scoring average of 2.5 goals that is ranked 27th in the NHL.
The Rangers just wrapped up a three-game West Coast road trip with Thursday’s 3-2 victory against Anaheim as +135 underdogs. On Tuesday night, they stunned San Jose 4-3 closing as heavy +220 underdogs. New York is still bringing up the rear in the Metro Division at 5-7-1. It has gone an even 3-3 on its home ice and the total has stayed UNDER in five of those six games.
The home team has won the last three meetings, including Buffalo’s 3-1 victory on Oct. 6 as a -135 favorite. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of the last six meetings.
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