If you read this blog often then you probably know I’m an avid NHL bettor who does fairly well (I’ve been on a cold streak lately, but still up on the season). One of the best ways to make money betting on NHL games is to wager on teams that are underrated in the eyes of the public and the bookmakers. If you followed my NHL betting site you would notice I wager on the same teams very often and against the same teams very often. That’s because my views of NHL teams differ from the publics views and if my views are more correct then I will be winning more money than I lose online. Here are a few teams that I find underrated or overrated at the moment.
Underrated – Ottawa Senators
The Senators were ranked 30th on almost every power ranking that you could find prior to the season. They are now around 22 or so on most, but when looking at the odds you will still notice that the Senators are almost always the underdogs because they public and the bookmakers still don’t believe in the team. Just today the Senators at home was a pick’em game against at Lightning team that is 4-8-2 on the road and on a 3 game losing streak.
Underrated – St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been great since changing coaches this season and they have the personnel to continue to perform. The odds haven’t quite caught up to their recent success, so you can still find some great odds for the Blues. I expect the Blues to make the playoffs and put up a good showing once there.
Overrated – Colorado Avalanche
The Avs are the worst team in the league according to me. They are on a 3 game winning streak right now, but I have made a lot of money betting against the Avs this year. I haven’t bet against them recently because the odds had caught up with them when they were playing so poorly, but now that they have won some games I expect some sharp bets against the Avs in the future.
Overrated – Winnipeg Jets
The Jets are another team that I generally don’t like to bet on. I see the Jets as a bottom 3 team in the Eastern Conference, but with all of the press surrounding the team this season it seems like they are favourites or considered contenders in games when they really shouldn’t be. In fact, last Tuesday the Jets were hosting the Senators and even though I was out of town the odds were so good that I went online to one of my favourite iphone betting sites and placed a bet on the Senators at +110 to defeat the Jets.
The teams that are underrated and overrated can change quickly throughout the season and as an NHL bettor you have to be ready to change with them. The NHL is a very streaky league, especially for young teams and one thing that I take into account when placing my bets is a teams current streak and how they are playing heading into the game. Overrated/underrated views is just one ingredient to use when placing NHL bets.