NHL betting trends certainly are all in favor of Vegas in this one, but that doesn’t mean we should run to the betting window to get on the Golden Knights who are massive home favorites. If you consistently watch the NHL scoreboard you’re aware that Vegas owns the best record in the Western Conference. They’ll take on the Ottawa Senators who are on the opposite end of the spectrum with the second-worst record in the NHL.
Game: Ottawa Senators (6-11-1 13 points) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (15-4-1 31 points)
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Day/Time: Wednesday, 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT
Television: TSN5, TNT
Senators Losing Ways Continue on Road
Ottawa continues their 4-game road trip with a visit to the Western Conference’s top team after getting handled by the San Jose Sharks, 5-1, to start their road trip. The Senators have cost bettors 771 units this season, with the Anaheim Ducks being the only team that has cost the public more (-829 units).
The Sens have been underdogs eight times this season, failing to steal a victory in any of those opportunities. They are the only team in the NHL that has not won as a dog.
Ottawa was expected to improve on their 73-point season a year ago. With just 13 points in 18 games, Ottawa is on a 52-point pace. Since 2016, when Ottawa bettors were receiving +190 or more, they’ve been let down by the Senators’ 26-47 record. As we continue our Senators, Golden Knights moneyline preview, let’s take a deeper look into Las Vegas.
Knights Erasing Memory of 21-22
The Golden Knights are the Western Conference leaders with 31 points, but have we started to see some cracks in their game of late, after losing three of their last five games? Perhaps we’re reaching but even in their win Sunday, 5-4, against the lowly Canucks, Bruce Cassidy’s team had to fight their way back from a 2-goal deficit in the final 12 minutes.
No need to shed too many tears for VGK, they tied their franchise-best record through 20 hockey games, and have made $100 bettors 415 units (5th best). Despite their success, this NHL season, Vegas had been a tough team to figure out since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2018.
Since the Knights are 179-131 (.577) but that hasn’t been good enough to turn a profit (-758 units) making them a difficult wager when being asked to lay big numbers as they are in this one. Let’s conclude our Senators vs Knights moneyline preview by giving you our prediction on tonight’s meeting.
|Date||Vegas Golden Knights||Ottawa Senators|
|Puck Line||-1.5 (+108)||+1.5 (-130)|
Bettors Not Swayed by Large Number
The send-out number was Vegas -195, but in a matter of 10 minutes, that number was over -200. Most of that was an adjustment by the bookmakers who knew they needed to put out a better number with most of their wagers sure to come in on VGK. Even so, the number continued to climb to -247 before the public decided to get some of that Ottawa plus money.
We still think -245 is too much to lay at this point in the season, so let’s give our official selection as we conclude our Senators vs Knights moneyline preview. We’ve never been fans of going over NHL totals of 6.5 or more, and we’re not going to do it here either.
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When the total is 6.5 or more at T-Mobile Arena, the under is 18-7-1 (+1008) units, including 7-2 this year. Our official selection is under 6.5 (-110).
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