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NHL Betting: Dealing With Uneven Slates

NHL Betting: Dealing With Uneven Slates
Chris Wassel

It is getting to that time of the round where uneven NHL slates could become common as some series go closer and closer to seven games while others may even be a sweep. That is the nature of the beast while betting in the playoffs. Early on, it can be a little bit of a jolt but after awhile, it almost becomes welcome.

It is what makes the playoffs as crazy as they are. What occurs when there are less options on the table? There are two ways to go.


Pick Your Spots Even More

When you look at what is out there, the appeal can become less. Would I have been scared to bet Game 4 of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins tonight? Yes, and that was no doubt a wise move.

No one really knows who is going to show up or how or when. At least in Game 3, one had an idea the Rangers were going to win that game. The only question was by how much. Fortunately for some, it was by the slimmest of margins which kept the Pittsburgh puck line a good play as the Rangers money line swung out which hurt a little but not enough to stray from it.


Thursday News And Notes

Vancouver is still a -150 money line pick in early betting for bettors out there. This makes Calgary a more attractive puck line pick. Do the Canucks put it together like they did in Game 2? Bookies seem to think Tampa Bay is going to get their act together as well. The early line between Detroit and Tampa Bay is basically just about dead even.

The fact that Vegas seems adamant on this makes me very nervous. Maybe they think Detroit just cannot sustain their playing style of extreme suppression. Tampa Bay had their chances and could not convert. When they did, Game 2 was not close.

Washington even has a modest line as far as a Game 5. Bettors and bookies alike are still waiting for this breakout game from both teams that has not happened yet. Maybe it will not occur in the form everyone is expecting. Thursday could potentially be the last day of regular four game slates for the playoffs. As the teams get eliminated, you get the idea.



Something that you will need to keep an eye on is the latest injury news. Bettors now have to watch the players playing as much or more than the ones currently out of the lineup. For example, trying to find the latest on Travis Hamonic is tough but if you dig around, injury news on other Islanders is much easier to find.

These tweets are part of a trend which makes you wonder if certain players are just out long term and they are trying to pull off the impossible just to extend their team’s seasons. There is nothing wrong with that. It is also why we suggested Max Pacioretty needed to rest at least a game or two more. When you look at the injury list, also look at game news and notes because you may just catch something not readily available. Any nugget of news that helps you is a good one.

As far as hockey have to have the most keen eye because of how fast everything occurs. It almost means you have to watch a game like your head is on a swivel.


Final Bettors Judgment

This will not be easy. Picks are often unpleasant as we head into the later stages of rounds and the props can be even more dangerous. That being said, give us the challenge or give us death. If the Tampa Bay money line swings a little more back to Detroit then parlay Tampa with the team over, money line, and maybe even puck line too. Vancouver will be a good money line play. They have to win Game 5 in Vancouver, right?

The Islanders are still a good puck line play while bettors may be tempted to take Nashville on the money line and Chicago on the puck line as a hedge. Scott Darling is playing too well not to keep Chicago close right now. Good luck bettors and keep that money rolling.

Bettors Edge
Chris Wassel

Never stop learning! That has always been my philosophy in life. It applies to hockey writing so well as new challenges are something to strive for. I have been a fantasy hockey writer way back when it wasn’t quite so cool, covered the Devils for a variety of places and still do, have a small hockey site of my own, and even write about all things NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, etc. Usually I am first asked who I don’t write for. For Today’s Slapshot, I will be covering the Atlantic Division.

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