How Does Game 1 Affect NHL Playoff Series Odds?

While it’s always noted that playoff series’ are a grind, the importance of the first game can not be overstated to both oddsmakers and bettors alike. The opening game this year caused series prices to shift by an average of 135 cents, or $1.35 (i.e. +150 to +285), but not all wins are created equal. …

How Do Starting Goalies Affect NHL Lines?

With just one game remaining in the season, the Chicago Blackhawks (46-20-15, 107 points) already have the 5-seed locked up in the Western Conference playoffs and have very little to play for. Similarly, the Nashville Predators (36-32-12, 84 points) have nothing to play for as they have already been eliminated from playoff contention. In games…

2013-14 NHL Futures Movement

The NHL trade deadline for the 2013-14 season passed yesterday afternoon at 3 PM eastern, and as expected there were a flurry of trades including several prominent players. Among the notable names dealt were: Martin St. Louis, Ryan Callahan, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik, Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo. The table below, with data…

2013-14 NHL Betting Against the Public Report

The 2013-14 NHL Season is upon on and the dedicated team of statisticians and data analysts at Sports Insights have been working non-stop to update our popular series of “NHL Betting Against the Public” articles to help bettors improve their NHL betting results. Although hockey does not carry the same popularity as basketball, football or even…

Examining the NHL Off-Season Winners and Losers

In the world of professional sports, it’s often said that “champions are built in the off-season.”  Whether it comes via the draft or free agency, teams can directly influence their future (either positively or negatively) based upon how effectively or ineffectively they construct their roster during the months when no games are played. For hockey…