Hockey’s High-Priced Losers

Hockey's High Priced Losers

It isn’t too often that one National Hockey League team will be favored by more than -300 on the money line. It’s even more rare when such a big favorite losses, but it does happen. In the 2006-07 NHL season there were 24 occasions when favorites of -300 or more came up on the short end of the scoreboard. Knowing how to deal with these teams in their next game can lead to a few more dollars in the hockey bettor’s bankroll.

When Playing at Home

When a team favored by -300 comes away with a loss, the team can be counted on to give a little bit extra when their next game is in front of the home fans. The players would like nothing more than to prove that their last game was a fluke and what better way to do that than to win in front of the local supporters?

Of the 24 teams who lost as -300 or higher favorites last year, 13 of them were playing their next game at home and those teams managed to win an impressive 11 of those games. Any system that goes 11-2, but more importantly, makes common sense, is one worth keeping an eye on in the future.

When Playing on the Road

When our high-priced losing teams take to the road for their next game, the results are quite different, as these teams went just 3-8, including a dismal 2-6 when they were made the favorites. There’s no real logical explaination for such a disparity, but this is a trend that should begin to correct itself over time.

When looking at situational trends or systems, the two most important requirements are how the method stands up against the test of time, and that it make common sense. Betting against losing favorites when they take to the road might meet the first requirement, but doesn’t fulfill the second. In this case, it’s probably best to pass the game and see how the situation plays itself out over the course of the season.

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