The Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks round out the 2014 outdoor hockey schedule and we look at betting statistics as well as Over/Under trends dating back to 2010 with two predictions to consider
The outdoor game between the Ducks and Kings on January 25 at Dodger Swamp was an easy under; two first period goals and then nothing until the final two minutes of the third (3-0 Anaheim win). The temperature was around 65 degrees F and when you mix the raucous crowd and rock n’ roll show put on by KISS, that ice didn’t stand a chance.
There have only been two outdoor games since the one played at Dodger Stadium, both played at Yankee Stadium.
– Jan. 26/14, the Rangers beat the Devils 7-3
– Jan. 28/14, the Rangers beat the Isles 2-1
So it looks like the updated record for outdoor games since 2010 is 1-6-1 O/U with just one of those eight games producing more than 5 total goals.
For Pittsburgh at Chicago the temp is in the 20’s with 10 mph wind and flurries in the forecast. Opposite spectrum from Dodger Stadium but I’m still tempted by the under. Corey Crawford is confirmed for the Hawks and so far nothing out of the Penguin camp. The total at Pinnacle Sports is 5.5 UN -109.
Ottawa at Vancouver, the total is 5.5 UN -125 and how can you not take at least a second look at ANY Canucks game staying under? I regret not having it the last two games (Blues, Wild) and maybe the ‘Nucks should have scored more goals with a 20-9 SOG advantage in the second/third period but a lot of the chances were not that great. Credit to Darcy Kuemper and Eddie Lack for solid performances all night (especially in the shootout), but the Canucks are in a team-wide scoring drought unlike anything I’ve seen from this club in the past seven or eight years.
This game is practically indoors and it should be a big crowd, numbers wise, but BC Place is cavernous and as usual, tickets were grossly overpriced. Given the normally mild and complacent nature of Vancouver Canuck hockey fans who attend games at Rogers, I’m not worried about how 45,000 people might turn this into a thunder dome.
Treading lightly here with a play on the “Under” 5.5 goals from each game