If you’re looking to fill that football void with a little violence and excitement, look no further than Pro hockey betting. As far as sports betting goes, Pro Hockey is the lost bastard cousin of the other sports because not a lot of public bettors know about the sport. That being said, it’s generally a very good sport to bet.
Don’t be fooled in to thinking that it’s easy. Like betting basketball and baseball, hockey is a grinding man’s game. You have to be patient, do a bit of research and keep in mind that it’s an 82-game season that depends on so many variables.
Why is that a good thing? Well look at the Ottawa Senators, who were projected to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. They’re not only third in their division and 27-22 with just over half the season burned away, they’re a league best 34-22 ATS which means that if you’ve been riding the gravy train for a while, you’re making far more money than you’re losing.
The trick in hockey betting is pretty simple: you ride the hot team and spread your money around. There are always multiple games, and lots of good bets out there. Oddsmakers usually just toss up lazy odds without thinking because hockey truthfully doesn’t generate that much business. That means good (if not great) odds all the time.
Take a peek at some of the Friday matchups and don’t forget these are moneyline picks. The actual Game Odds will go live Thursday night.
DETROIT RED WINGS over Anaheim Ducks
The Red Wings are the Yankees of hockey betting. Consistently on top, consistently winning and consistently overvalued. That being said, they’re 30-25 ATS this season because of a solid point differential. Anaheim is one of the worst teams in hockey but that doesn’t make them a bad puckline bet, especially at 26-27 ATS.
The Ducks are also 7-3 SU in their last 10 games, disproving the idea that the trade rumors swirling around their entire top line are distracting the boys. All said though, Anaheim sucks when they play Detroit. At just 2-7 SU in their last 9 meetings you have to go with an easy parlay stuffer on Detroit’s side.
Carolina Hurricanes over COLORADO AVALANCHE
Carolina is just 20-25-6-4 SU overall, but are also one of the best hockey bets out there at 33-22 ATS and Colorado is an ice-cold team losing going just 4-6 SU in their last 10 games. Home ice won’t be the advantage in this one. I’d even go puckline with the road team if the value is better for your bet.
SAN JOSE SHARKS over Chicago Blackhawks
You have to know which teams are good home bets as well, and San Jose’s one of the stronger plays out there in hockey. The Sharks are 17-9-2-0 SU at home, and while they’re winning by slim margins (which explains their atrocious 21-30 ATS record), they’re beating the crap out of teams in HP Pavilion, which is bad news for the Blackhawks.
Chicago is a dismal 0-8 SU in their last 8 roadies. Poor defensive play has been a big culprit, and if San Jose loves to do anything well it’s ramp up the scoring at home en route to their inevitable playoff collapse.