Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition
10/18/2011 5:00 PM EST
by The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the 2011-12 NHL Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at SportsInsights gives sports fans unprecedented insight into the sports marketplace. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch!
Sports Marketplace – NHL Edition
With much of the betting public consumed by the NFL, NCAA Football and the MLB playoffs, we remain dedicated to cornering the entire sports marketplace, not just the most popular sports. As a result, we have begun to set our sights on a sport often overlooked yet littered with value: the NHL.
Hockey can be a very profitable sport to bet on when you base it off moneyline odds, especially when betting underdogs. The “plus odds” is a reason that NHL moneyline dogs can show value over time. Most people like to win – thus overvaluing winning teams. Our selections on moneyline underdogs will normally hit at less than 50%, but the “plus odds” payoff makes it a profitable investment.
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Sports MarketWatch – NHL Games to Watch
Carolina Hurricanes +145 over Boston Bruins
With the NHL season just a few weeks old, the Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-1) head to the TD Garden to take on the defending champion Boston Bruins (2-3-0). After kicking off the year with three consecutive losses (one of which was in a shootout), the Hurricanes have bounced back to win two in a row against a pair of the Northeast Division’s most elite squads: the Bruins and the Sabres.
19-year old phenom Jeff Skinner, who scored 63 points last season (31 goals, 32 assists) en route to winning the Calder trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, has continued to impress and already has six points in just five games this season. Defensively, the Hurricanes will once again lean on franchise netminder Cam Ward between the pipes. Despite average numbers (2-2-0, 3.26 GAA, .899 SV %), Ward is coming off a sparkling performance against Buffalo in which he stopped 39 of 42 shots en oute to a 4-3 ‘Canes victory on the road.
Conversely, the Bruins have struggled thus far to the tune of a 2-3 overall record, forcing many hockey pundits to pound the “Stanley Cup Champion Hangover” card to describe the Black and Gold. In addition, the Bruins are expected to be without #1 center David Krejci, who continues to be plagued by a core injury suffered in practice last week. Also, Boston is expected to start Tuukka Rask in goal instead of two-time Vezina trophy winner and 2011 Conn Smythe playoff MVP Tim Thomas, who is set to get a much needed day of rest.
The Bruins opened at -185 at Cris and have dropped to -165 despite having a 67% advantage in public support for moneyline bets according to our Betting Trends. 5Dimes (2-1, 66%, +1.75 units) has triggered aSmart Money move on Carolina +145. We are taking the Hurricanes, who beat Boston 3-2 at home less than a week ago, and are hoping to kick off the 2011-12 Marketwatch on the right foot, or skate in this case.
Carolina Hurricanes +145 (CRIS)
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Carolina Hurricanes +145
We are looking forward to another exciting night in the NHL, and the sports betting marketplace. Keep the Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.com for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools. We’ll be back Wednesday with the new edition of the Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com