NHL Handicapping: Western Conference Regular Season Over/Under Points

NHL Handicapping: Western Conference Regular Season Over/Under Points

NHL Handicapping: Western Conference Regular Season Over/Under Points
By Sammy P Sports

Good evening hockey fans!  And welcome to another year of NHL hockey!  I can’t wait for this 2013-14 season to get underway and I have put a lot of work in over the summer that I’m sure will pay off for all of my clients!  I am going to highlight three teams in the Western Conference that I believe are good value plays when looking at season O/U point totals.  I have always done well in the past identifying teams I think will be under or overvalued and this season is no  exception. Staying ahead of the curve is imperative when trying to beat the marketplace.  Here are my three best bets in the Western Conference this season.  Best of luck to everyone! *For simplicity I am using Jazz’s lines, but as the case with any wagering, be sure to shop for the best numbers.
Colorado Avalanche Over 86.5

I thought Colorado was going to have a breakout year last season, but they just couldn’t seem to get over the hump.  The injury bug came up and bit them hard and that is why I think we are seeing them undervalued this year.  Having a healthy Gabriel Landeskog is going to help this team immensely as he goes above and beyond what is expected from a young player.  Definitely one of the rising stars in this league.  I have a bit of an issue with the Colorado defense, but playing in the Central Division will help them as the majority of the teams they’ll face have trouble scoring goals.  They will not be as exploitable as one may first think.  Look for the young talent laden Avs to surprise some people this season and fight for a playoff spot.  My projections have this team landing on 91 points.

Vancouver Canucks Over 95.5

Much negativity has been surrounding this team for some time now, but two things have happened that should drastically change things to the positive for the Canucks this season.  John Tortorella was hired as head coach over the summer and anyone who knows Torts knows he gets the most out of his teams.  It is his way or the highway and that is EXACTLY what this team needs right now.  They’ve settled on complacency under Alain Vigneault, but this season we’ll finally see the results match the talent level.  Roberto Luongo is the starting goaltender, there is no more controversy and no more walking on eggshells throughout the year with both Luongo and the rest of the team wondering when he would get traded and the daily circus would come to an end.  It’s finally hockey time in Vancouver and playing in the Pacific Division, they will feast on the likes of Calgary, Phoenix, and Anaheim.  Look for the Canucks to eclipse the 100 point mark this season as my projections have this team landing on 103 points.

Calgary Flames Under 73.5

It has been a difficult time for Flames fans the past few seasons and things continue to look bleak moving forward.  The rebuilding process under Brian Burke will take some time and we as bettors are able to prey on situations like this.  The Flames will have plenty of youngsters in the lineup this season and perhaps the worst goaltending in the league.  I cannot stress their lack of goaltending enough; they will be in the bottom three of GAA in the NHL this season.  Facing Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose, and even Edmonton (not to mention a Central Division where every team is better than them) will prove too much for this team to handle over the full course of the season.  73.5 is a generous number as I had the Flames projected at 68 for the season.  Take this Flames team Under the total.

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