Sports Marketwatch – NHL Edition
12/2/2009 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
We moved into positive units last week with wins from the Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators. The Thrashers had an outstanding performance from netminder, Ondrej Pavelec, who made 40 saves on the way to his second shutout of the season. Vyacheslav Kozlov and Nik Antropov scored each of the Thrasher’s goals in their 2-0 victory over the Red Wings. The Predators had a tougher time getting a win last week. After giving up a 2-0 lead, the Predators evened the score at 3 and held on through regulation. The Predator’s David Legwand put an end to the game with a goal after 3:07 of overtime.
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: 3-3, 50%, +1.1 units
Sports MarketWatch – NHL Games to Watch
Vancouver Canucks +110 over New Jersey Devils
Tonight we will be taking the Vancouver Canucks (14-12-0) heading to Newark to face-off against the New Jersey Devils (17-6-1). The Canucks are kicking off a four-game road trip at the Prudential Center for the only meeting between these two teams this season. With a sure to please goaltending matchup between, Canadian Olympic hopefuls, Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur, we should see a tight game. The Devils have won six straight at home, and the Canucks will need their top Sedin twin powered line to have a strong performance in order to snap that win streak and get their road trip off to a positive start.
The Devils opened at -132 at Matchbook and has since dropped down to -111 despite the public heavily supporting the Devils with 60% of the moneyline bets. There has been an overall reverse line movement throughout the sportsbooks, and we like to see that. As always we support playing against the public, and when we have the opportunity to do so with solid reverse line movement we will take that line.
Vancouver Canucks +110 (BetOnline)
Games to Watch (3-3, +1.1 units)
Vancouver Canucks +110
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