NHL Picks for October 23rd


Solid winning night with our 3 “plus money” picks coming through, which includes the Avalanche as +171 underdogs. We were extremely close to having a huge day but the Panthers scored an empty net goal with under 30 seconds left when their man came out of the penalty box and found the puck on his stick behind the D men.

Just one game on the NHL board tonight but I do have a play…. it is very important you get this bet in at the right odds, because the sportsbook have a wide range of odds on this play….

Phoenix Coyotes @ Anaheim Ducks – DUCKS TO WIN (-136)

(Note: I’m risking 1.36 units to win 1 unit)

I got this at Pinnacle (don’t accept US), but you can get -140 at 5Dimes too (they accept US)


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  1. First of many betting strategy questions.

    As opposed to baseball lines the hockey ones have much sharper cliffs going from money lines to puck lines.

    For example Ducks at 5 Dimes reduced are -135 to win but at -1 1/2 goals +215.

    So my question is this “How does the sharper cliffs affect ones decisions of playing the puck line at enticing odds versus the money line”.

    I do understand part of the reason is that since all ties get broken in overtime that many more hockey games get decided by one goal versus one run in baseball and that hockey is also lower scoring then baseball.


  2. Hey Jim, yeah a lot of games in the NHL are decided by a goal … especially “Under” games.

    I look at the puck line mainly when I like a big favorite (-160, -180, -200, etc sized). Instead of laying that chalk I will sometimes lay a -1.5 puck line bet if I am confident in a blow out type game.

    With the Ducks at -135 there is a very good chance they either win by just 1 goal or they could lose the game. I find it a smarter bet laying a bit of chalk rather then betting them puck line.

  3. I ended up taking the Ducks PL tonight… Not looking good maybe they’ll take the lead and get an empty netter for me lol… The odds looked too good on the PL and I couldn’t resist lol…