We have been covering every sport here at bigrips and I will be giving our loyal readers an NHL playoffs preview blog next week. I have a long history of betting NHL playoff series moneylines. Years ago I would just take the plus moneyline and hope for the upset. The moneylines were so large on the favorites where one upset could turn into a profit. I rode #8 seed Edmonton all the way to game 7 of the Finals. They started that run +400 over the Detroit Red Wings. Talking about Detroit, I need to mention one of the worst bets of all time. It was made by the current 282 while in college. I remember calling it into the bookie and saying win $20 on Detroit for the series. The bookie laughed at me and almost didnt take it. Like I said the lines were outrageous back then and Detroit was -800 so it was risk $160 to win $20. All of our hockey fans will remember JS Giguere turning into Ken Dryden and sweeping the Wings.
Moving on the last few years the moneylines have evened out and there haven’t been as many first round upsets. The underdog strategy was not turning a profit so I have been going with the teams that I like. I watch a lot of NHL on the Fly on the NHL Network. This show is a must watch for any hockey fan. For those who have never seen it, they show highlights of every game, but turn it into a 5 minute segment. Instead of having a sportscaster, they use the actual announcers from the game and they show goals, great saves, fights, and if there is a shootout, every shootout attempt.
There are 5 days left in the regular season and 13 of the 16 teams have clinched playoff spots. The Avs clinched the final spot in the West last night. The other 7 teams are SJ, Chi, Van, Phoenix, Nashville, LA, and Detroit. Seeding in still up for grabs. Right now my sleeper team of the West is the LA Kings. They have Umass goalie Jon Quick, the best young center no one has heard of Anze Kopitar, and a great young defensive pairing of Drew Daughtry and Jack Johnson.
In the East, Wash, NJ, Buff, Pitt, and Ott have clinched and Mon, Philly and the B’s are holding on to the last 3 spots with only the NYR with any chance. NYR-Philly play a home and home series to end the season. Washington clinched the #1 seed, but all of the other seeds are up for grabs. If the B’s make the playoffs, I don’t want to see them matched with the Caps.
I will be back next Tuesday with the playoff pairings, moneylines, and predictions.