Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition
12/9/2009 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 weekly on Wednesday, around 5PM Eastern Time.
Sports Marketplace – NHL Edition
Last week the Canucks provided us with our third winning week in a row with their defeat of the Devils. Roberto Luongo gained the upper hand over Martin Brodeur in the battle for Canada’s starting goalie position in next years Olympic games, stopping 27 of 29 attempts in the Canucks 5-2 win over the Devils. Henrik and Daniel Sedin had a hand in three of the Canucks first period goals putting the Canucks up 3-0, but the Devils scored two to end the first with a one goal deficit. Alexander Edler and Jannik Hansen scored in the third to put the game out of reach and solidify the win for the Canucks.
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: 4-3, 57%, +2.2 units
Sports MarketWatch – NHL Games to Watch
St. Louis Blues +155 over Detroit Red Wings
For tonight’s game we will be taking the St. Louis Blues (12-11-5) over the Detroit Red Wings (14-10-5) in a matchup of two Central Division rivals. The Blues will be heading into Joe Louis Arena with a record of 6-3-1 in their past ten while the Red Wings have gone 4-4-2. This will be the fourth time these two teams have met this season. The Blues took the first two games in Stockholm, Sweden during the first weekend of the season, and the Red Wings beat the Blues in a shootout in St. Louis last month. The Blues, who have struggled at home, have a road record of 6-2-3 (excluding games in Sweden) and will need veteran Paul Kariya to continue his hot streak to beat the Red Wings at home.
The Red Wings opened at -175 at CRIS but has since dropped to -165 despite being favored by 61% of the public in moneyline bets. The Blues have also triggered a duo of Smart Money Moves from WSEX (8-7-0, +3.07 units) and Cata/VagesVic (9-8-0, +2.35 units). As we have mentioned time and again we like to go against the public, especially when getting positive lines, moves from positive books and seeing promising reverse line movement. So, we will be taking the St. Louis Blues to go into the Motor City and defeat the Red Wings.
St. Louis Blues +155 (Matchbook)
Games to Watch (4-3, +2.2 units)
St. Louis Blues +155
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