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Starting in October and finishing up in April, the NHL regular season is a grind for hockey bettors. Teams play a total of 1,312 games, and if a bettor is going to have success and ultimately win some money, they must stay on top of the schedule. That’s where Strength of Schedule (SOS) comes in.
Have you heard a sports bettor toss around the phrase “buy low, sell high”? Well, knowing each team’s strength of schedule will inform you of when it’s time to do just that, but it can also tell you when to dig in. This can be especially helpful in futures betting and bettors can use SOS to pick out the risers and fallers ahead of time.
Take the Los Angeles Kings, for example. The Kings are now the favorite to win the Pacific Division, and bettors would’ve seen it coming had they been following our SOS metric. CSB’s NHL Projection Model has been predicting the Kings would win the Pacific Division for a while now, and the fact that they had the easiest remaining schedule meant it was time to buy in. Los Angeles is now +150.
As far as their playoff chances go, the Kings are a virtual lock to make it, and the model sees them winning the Stanley Cup approximately 10% of the time. That means there’s still value in betting Los Angeles to win it all at 14/1. I do worry that goaltender Cam Talbot will come back down to earth, but the Kings are great defensively and will remain a threat.
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