Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition
11/11/2009 5:00 PM EST
by The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the 2009 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 Marketwatch- NHL Edition will be published twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday, around 5PM Eastern Time.
Sports Marketplace – NHL Edition
The NHL Marketwatch has gotten off to an inauspicious start our first two weeks going (0-2), but we plan to stick with our tested systems and make our way back to black. Last week’s game was a tight one, with the final decision being made in a shootout. The teams matched each other goal for goal in the first and second, leading to an uneventful overtime, where each team looked to be playing for a shootout. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle scored the lone goal of the shootout, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped all three Blue Jackets players for a 3-2 win.
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.
2009 NHL Games to Watch: 0-2, 0%, -2.00 units
Sports MarketWatch – NHL Games to Watch
Colorado Avalanche +160 over Chicago Blackhawks
In tonight’s game we are taking the Colorado Avalanche (12-4-2) over the Chicago Blackhawks (9-5-2). With a road record of (6-3-2) and (9-5) as an underdog the Avalanche will look to comeback from their first home loss of the season against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday, while the Blackhawks will fight hard to continue their 4-game winning streak at home. Both teams will be reenergized by the return of Jonathan Toews for the Backhawks and Darcy Tucker for the Avalanche, who is back after being taken off the ice from a hard hit from Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.
The Blackhawks opened as a -160 favorite at Matchbook, and has since dropped as low as -155 and is now back to -163. This movement has occurred despite the Blackhawks consistently getting around 60-70% of the moneyline bets. Matchbook (+15.04, 19-9) has triggered a Smart Money play on the Avalanche, and with this strong play we will take the Avalanche as the underdog and go against the public to win.
Colorado Avalanche +160 (Bet365)
Games to Watch (0-2, -2.00 units)
Colorado Avalanche +160
It should be another exciting week in the sports marketplace. Keep Sports Marketwatch 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