When betting on the NHL, it can sometimes be hard to find value in a team that’s either heavily favored or is a major underdog on the moneyline. Luckily for us, most sportsbooks give us a puckline, which is the same idea as a point spread in sports such as football and basketball. The difference, of course, is that scores in hockey are much lower and the spread is almost always set at 1.5. This means that in order to cash a spread bet, a favorite must win by two or an underdog must not lose by more than one.
Each week I will update every team’s puckline records and profits as we progress through the 2016-17 season. Below is an analysis of some of the best puckline trends in the NHL and a table containing every team’s puckline record.
With the playing of the All-Star game/tournament, we’ve entered the stretch run to the playoffs. By this point, books have an excellent read on teams and on how they will play so finding an edge will be tough. A team, however, that continues to pound the puckline is the Minnesota Wild. They have a 60.4 percent conversion rate that they’ve turned into an NHL-leading $1426.49 in profit for $100 bettors. Minny is one of just four teams that’s managed to stay over the $1000 mark and should be able to continue cashing spread bets as long as Devan Dubnyk keeps up his Vezina-caliber play and the offense continues to click. The Wild have the second-best goal differential in hockey and it’s helped make them one of the best bets in hockey.
Note: This article was published on Monday, January 30, and will be updated each week during the regular season.
|Maple Leafs||30-17 (63.8%)||1151.2|
|Blue Jackets||27-21 (56.3%)||681.61|
|Red Wings||27-22 (55.1%)||-356.06|