NHL betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Tuesday 1/18

January 18, 2022 08:52 AM

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Market Report Recap for Monday, Jan. 17th

The Predators were a late add on the moneyline at + 110 or better, and they dominated the first period and led 2-0 for a brief time. Then the wheels fell off, as the Blues scored five and won the game 5-3.

Record: 62-58, -1.42 units, -1.2 percent ROI, Avg. Odds -109

Note: Player prop bets (if any) can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the report.

Market Report for Tuesday, Jan. 18th

There are eight games scheduled Tuesday, and I've made two early bets. Those are the only games I'm going to cover for the time being.

Let’s look at things from a betting perspective:

Winnipeg Jets (+ 100) at Washington Capitals (-120)

Due to an early line move in the road team’s direction, there’s now value on the Capitals moneyline. Sportsbooks opened the game with Washington listed at -135 and the Jets listed at + 115, but now bettors can lay -120 or better on the Capitals to win the game straight up. The Capitals will be without John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and Connor Sheary, but the Jets are also shorthanded, as Blake Wheeler, Paul Stastny and Brendan Dillon are all expected to miss the game as well. According to my model, the Capitals were priced correctly when the game opened at -135. The Capitals are the superior team on offense and defense, and although the Jets will have an edge in goaltending with Connor Hellebuyck in goal, the Capitals have home ice advantage, and the market is selling them short.

Notes: Connor Hellebuyck will start in goal for the Jets. Vitek Vanacek is expected to start in goal for the Capitals.


Washington Capitals -120

Florida Panthers (-150) at Calgary Flames (+ 130)

I don’t like betting against the Florida Panthers, but I haven’t had much luck betting on them, either, but the Flames should not be priced at + 130 on home ice. Calgary has stumbled recently, and the Panthers have been rolling over teams, including the Flames, as of late, but I’m taking a small position on the home underdog at + 130 or better. The Flames grade out as one of the best teams in the league in terms of expected goals, shot attempts and scoring, but they haven’t had much luck against top-tier teams like the Panthers. My model estimates that the Panthers will win the game approximately 55 percent of the time, which means they should be priced closer to -120. Both teams are rested, but the Flames have had more time off, and unlike the Panthers, they’ve been home for a couple of weeks and haven’t been travelling. Both teams are healthy, and although this is a bet that will lose more often than it will win, it’s a value bet and I’m comfortable taking a chance with the Flames.

Notes: Jacob Markstrom has been confirmed as the Flames' starting goaltender. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start for the Panthers.

Update: Spencer Knights will start in goal for the Panthers. The game line had moved to + 135 and I am adding to my position.


Calgary Flames + 130 (half size) and 135 (half size)

Bet Summary

Early Bets:

Washington Capitals -120

Calgary Flames + 130 (half size) and 135 (half size)

Player Prop Bets for Tuesday, Jan. 18th:

Record: 113-111, -11.5 units, -4.3 percent ROI, Avg. Odds -108

Alex Iafallo Under 0.5 Points -110, Viktor Arvidsson Under 0.5 Points -105, Anze Kopitar Under 0.5 Points + 135 (DraftKings)

The Kings are facing one of their toughest tests of the season, as the Lightning are expected to win about 66 percent of the time, and the total is relatively low. In fact, according to the betting line, the Kings should score less than three goals on average. The Propagator prices these props at -150, -140 and -110, so there is quite a bit of value on each.

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