Locky’s First Period NHL Model, 2/26: Sticking with Reliables on 11-Game Slate
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A mixed bag last night, as the largest edge at open (Avalanche-Panthers under) won, and then a smattering of wins and losses came across the other edges vs. openers. For a six-game slate, last night was particularly busy.
Tonight is really busy, with an 11-game slate. Although Tampa Bay and Chicago (the two most popular over teams) are not playing, Dallas (the most popular under team) is, and according the openers I have a reasonable edge on the under at -145 (a little less than 6%).
Most of the edge on this game is due to the fact that Dallas’ opponent, Vegas, is about an average first-period team in terms of the percentage of goals it scores and allows, so Dallas’ profile skews the projection pretty heavily.
Also, this game is low-scoring in general — I project just 5.02 goals, listed total is 5.5 with the under -115 — so even if you were just taking 30% of the full-game total to do a first period handicap, you’re going to get quite a low projection anyway. So once again, Dallas’ under has a little bit of value.
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Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes
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The largest edge, though, comes from the Arizona-Florida under. You’ll remember Florida, the team that went under against Colorado last night at a great price with a huge edge, and caused me to make “Anchorman” references in yesterday’s column.
The Panthers have a pretty conservative first-period profile, and Arizona’s is below league-average as well, hence you get a distribution of goals that leads to a play on the under.
Locky’s First-Period NHL Over/Unders: Full Slate Breakdown
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