Welcome to the daily NHL betting market report, your source for comprehensive and dynamic hockey betting analysis. This page will be updated throughout the day as needed. Be on the lookout for player prop bets. All recommended bets are tracked as one unit (bet to win one unit on favorite and risk one unit on underdog) unless stated otherwise. If you want, you can use the model projection to bet in proportion to its perceived edge. Let’s look at each series from a betting perspective.
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Market Report for Thursday, May 5th
Woof. Not much is going my way early in these playoffs. The Capitals played another solid game against the Panthers, but Florida’s offense cashed in on a couple of their chances early and they never got back into the game, and the Penguins and Flames weren’t up to the task, either. I’ve gone 2-6 on sides (not counting series bets that haven’t been settled yet) but with a little luck, I could have been breakeven. Hopefully things start to turn.
Record: 111-101, + 1.9 units, 0.9percent ROI
Note: Player prop bets (if any) can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the report.
Market Report for Friday, May 6th
Three out of the four games scheduled for Friday are rubber matches, as each series is tied 1-1, and the Hurricanes will look to take a 3-0 lead in their series over the Bruins. Let’s look at things from a betting perspective.
Carolina Hurricanes (+ 110) at Boston Bruins (-130)
Boston is in tough heading into Game 3. They’re down 0-2 in the series, and defenceman Hampus Lindholm will not be in the lineup after getting crushed by Andrei Svechnikov in Game 2. Jeremy Swayman will make his first start in the series after the Hurricanes outscored the Bruins 10-3 in the first two games. Carolina goaltender Antti Raanta has not been ruled out for Game 3, but we don’t have to worry about Frederik Andersen returning. The Hurricanes’ starting goaltender has been progressing, but it's he’s not ready yet, according to reports. The Bruins should win this game more often than the Hurricanes, but the injury to Lindholm hurts their chances, and I don’t think there’s any value laying -130 on the home team. I already have a considerable amount of exposure on the Bruins, with bets on them to win the series at -105 and + 170. Hopefully Boston can break out of this offensive slump that they’re in and pick up their first playoff win.