NHL Sharp Report: How Pros Are Betting Senators vs. Rangers, Coyotes vs. Oilers
- The NHL doesn't generally draw the same action from bettors as other sports this time of year.
- Sharps still do find value on some games, however, and tonight they've hit two in particular, including Senators vs. Rangers.
If you’ve stopped by our lovely website for sharp betting information in the past, there’s a good chance you’ve read something about how the pros were betting some sort of football, basketball or baseball slate. It’s not often that some of the most interesting sharp betting storylines come by way of the ice.
As of Monday afternoon, however, that seems to be the case on tonight’s NHL slate.
The NHL never competes with its shared-season competitors (the NBA, NFL, college football and basketball, etc.) when it comes to attracting overall betting action, and even sharp action is usually a bit harder to sniff out on NHL slates. Perhaps that’s in part due to the increased vig that most sportsbooks use for hockey.
Baseball games, for example, generally see 10-cent juice on the moneyline (-105 a side in a pick’em), whereas most books use 20-cent juice (-110 a side) in the NHL.
Even still, tonight’s 4-game NHL slate has presented sharps with two matchups that have offered too much value to pass up, and as a result, have caused oddsmakers to make some pretty significant line adjustments.
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Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers
7 p.m. ET | MSG
With their win in Nashville on Saturday, the Rangers capped off a difficult four-game stretch that also included wins over the Lightning and surprisingly impressive Sabres.
As a result, it shouldn’t come as much surprise to see them drawing the majority of bets (75%) at home against the worst team in the league, even at an opening number of -195.
What’s probably a lot more surprising is that the Rangers’ line is down to -165 despite their public support.
Three Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — indicators of market-moving action from pro bettors — have hit the Sens at lines ranging from +159 to +144. As a result, Ottawa has fallen from around +170 to its current line of +140.
We’ve yet to see any buyback hit the Rangers, but with such a drastic move, it’s always a possibility that sharps would start to find value in the lower number.
Sharp angle: Senators (moved from +170 to +140) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]
Arizona Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers
9 p.m. ET | SNW
Equally as appealing in the eyes of sharp bettors has been the moneyline in Edmonton, and once again, it’s the road team taking on the brunt of the professional money.
While the Oilers’ hot start has drawn them 65% of bets in this game, they’ve fallen from opening numbers as high as -130 down to around a consensus pick’em, though some books are still granting them a slight edge at -115.
In this case, two SI Bet Signals on Arizona at +105 and +101 have confirmed that sharps are behind the significant move.
Sharp angle: Coyotes (moved from +115 to -105) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]