The NHL’s Pacific Division games are on later for fans in Ontario. But it’s worth it to stay up late. The division is home to the Anaheim Ducks, the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vancouver Canucks. The Pacific contains Canadian teams in the Oilers, Canucks and Flames, so that keeps the division under a lot of scrutiny, and makes it a popular one for NHL bettors across Canada.
NHL Pacific Scores And Standings
Here are your Pacific standings. See who’s on top and who’s making a move.
Bet On NHL Pacific Games
We’d like to start by talking about the popular zig zag theory in sports betting. Simply put, you try to win by betting on a team that just lost their last game, thinking that they’re due to bounce back and win their next game. It’s OK (enough, I guess) when two evenly matched teams play each other. But it doesn’t factor in hot goaltenders, injuries, or a few other things that may cause a team to lose games. The theory also doesn’t consider strong or weak teams that are about to go on a big streak. It’s better than nothing, but you can do way better.
When planning your bets, always start with the goaltending matchup. And know that good defence and goaltending beats high powered offence in the NHL. Too many Canadian bettors look at offensive trends when planning. They forget a great defence can shut down a great offence.
Also, unlike the NBA, The NHL’s bad teams are actually still pretty good. The best NHL teams will likely win about 70% of their games. But the bottom class still win about 30% of their games. This means you may not see the payoff potential you would see elsewhere in other sports when the first place team meets the last place team.
At the same time, betting on the away team is not as big of a risk as it would be in the NBA or NFL. The numbers actually show that home ice is really only a big advantage for the NHL’s best teams. Everyone else only win slightly more than half of their home games. So backing the home team won’t get you as far as you like. But it is a good idea to bet against a struggling goalie on the road, nearly every time.