Happy Wednesday! Bettors have a smaller than usual slate to choose from today, with no college basketball but 6 NHL games and 11 NBA games on the docket. For an updated breakdown of Wednesday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 3 p.m. ET. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's take a look at several NHL games receiving sharp action from respected bettors tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Winnipeg Jets (32-25-10) at Buffalo Sabres (23-33-10)
This non-conference showdown features a pair of teams playing well as of late. The Jets have won two straight, are 8-3 over their last 10 games and just edged the Coyotes 2-1, cashing as -275 home favorites. Meanwhile, the Sabres are 6-3 over their last nine games and just overcame a 4-0 deficit to shock the Blackhawks 6-5 as +145 road dogs. This line opened with Winnipeg listed as a -140 road favorite and Buffalo a +120 home dog. Respected money has laid the chalk with Winnipeg, steaming the Jets up from -140 to -160. Favorites off a win are 389-202 (66%) this season. The Jets also enjoy a rest advantage, having last played on Sunday while the Sabres played on Monday. Winnipeg is 20-15 as a favorite this season. Buffalo is 22-41 as a dog. We could be looking at a higher scoring game as well. The total opened at 6 and has been bet up to 6.5 at some shops.
10 p.m. ET: St. Louis Blues (36-20-9) at Vancouver Canucks (32-27-9)
These Western Conference foes are fighting for a playoff berth and also playing for the second time in three games. The Blues just beat the Canucks 4-1 on Monday, cashing as -160 home favorites. In tonight's rematch, the Blues opened as a short -120 road favorite and the Canucks a +100 home dog. Wiseguys have gotten down hard on Vancouver to bounce back with a win, flipping the Canucks from a +100 dog to -115 home favorite. Home favorites with a line move in their favor are 247-115 (68%) this season. Conference home favorites are 251-125 (67%). Vancouver is 11-10 as a favorite this season. St. Louis is 9-12 as a dog.
10 p.m. ET: San Jose Sharks (29-28-8) at Arizona Coyotes (20-41-5)
Both of these Western Conference foes are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason. The Sharks are 3-1 over their last four games and just beat the Ducks 4-1, cashing as -135 home favorites. Meanwhile, the Coyotes have lost six straight games and just got spanked by the Oilers 6-1, losing as +325 road dogs. This line opened with San Jose listed as a -140 road favorite and Arizona a +125 home dog. Pro money has poured in on the Sharks, driving San Jose up from -140 to -160. The Sharks have a notable rest advantage, having last played on Saturday while the Coyotes last played Monday. Rested favorites (3 days between games or more) coming off a win are 132-61 (68%) this season. When two teams face off who both missed the playoffs the previous season, the favorite is 141-70 (67%). The Sharks are 11-5 as a favorite. The Coyotes are 19-45 as a dog. The total is 6 with the under juiced to -120, signaling a lean to a lower scoring game. The under is 38-26 in Sharks games this season.