• Accuscore Expert Analyst Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators

    NHL on Wednesday: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators

    In the Eastern Conference lopsided matchup the Senators host Lightning in Ottawa. The Sens are at the bottom of the conference right above dead last Buffalo, while Tampa Bay is going strong at the top of the East.

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    Last season’s conference finalists are in deep crisis. The owner has stated they’re likely to cut salaries by more than 10M$, which means everyone is for sale. Things are not that much better on the ice. Only 51 points in 58 games means the Senators are effectively out of the playoffs already, adding to the pressure of cutting costs. They’ve only won two games in regulation from the past 15. However, at home they’ve been remarkably better, winning five straight – albeit three in overtime or shootout. When the season is practically over for the Senators, it remains to be seen how much fight they still have in them in this dire situation.

    Accuscore’s record in picking Tampa Bay games on the road is 20-13 with a profit of +406 for the season and picking Tampa Bay games against teams under .500 is 18-8 with a profit of +343.

    Conference leading Tampa Bay have had their problems after almost invincible beginning to the season, but they’ve managed to put up a decent sequence in the past 10 games, with six wins and four losses. Their bad stretch included five losses in seven games. While Lightning still doesn’t look as good as they did to start the season, they’ve managed to score aplenty and lead the conference in goals scored.

    Lightning has scored a hefty 3.58 goals per game overall and 3.45 on the road. Senators have allowed 3.52 overall and 3.5 at home. Tampa Bay’s defense has been decent on the road, allowing 2.66 while Ottawa’s offense has been abysmal at home, only scoring 2.25 goals on average. The visitors have a huge edge in quality of roster and Ottawa is also playing the second game of back-to-backs after featuring in Chicago tonight. Returning home after road trip is never easy and Tampa Bay are huge favorites in this one.

    Accuscore’s simulations

    In Accuscore simulations Tampa Bay wins 60.5% of the games. The hosts remain at 39.5%. There’s good value in picking Tampa Bay while the odds are still somewhat under the 60%. The best value is found in 3-way though, with Tampa Bay 52% favorites to win it in regulation and the odds offer in the region of 48%.

    The game is rather high-scoring in simulations, with an average of 6.5 goals scored. The hosts manage to put 3.0 past Andrey Vasilevskiy, led by Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman. The visitors however do one better and score on average 3.5 goals past Craig Anderson. Lightning’s most likely scorers feature Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and this season’s breakthrough player Yanni Gourde.

    Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scores a goal with 41.7% likelihood and at least one point with 68.7% probability. Ottawa’s Mark Stone is the most likely goal scorer for his team with 31% and Erik Karlsson is the most likely to pick up at least one point with 53% probability.

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    Analyst Picks

    Can’t look past the Lightning here as Ottawa is in all kinds of trouble on and off the ice. The offense of the visitors is overwhelming compared to the hosting defense, so it’s likely to be a goals galore as well.

    • There’s excellent value in Tampa Bay ML win, which should be taken with odds of -153 | 1.65
    • 3-way bet for Tampa Bayworks even better with odds better than -104 | 1.96
    • The total goes over 5.5 in 60.3 % of the simulations, so take the over with odds of -151 | 1.66
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019 - Bracket and Predictions

    Accuscore's 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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    Accuscore's NHL Playoffs 2019 Bracket

    After simulating every NHL Playoffs 2019 game for 10 000 times, Accuscore has come up with the most likely scenario from the first face-off to the hoisting of the Stanley Cup and this is how it looks like: click to enlarge in a new tabAccuscore's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019 Bracket

    Accuscore's NHL Playoffs 2019 Predictions

    There are a couple of surprises is the Accuscore NHL Playoffs 2019 simulations. Depending on your bookmaker, you might find different sorts of betting options and as usual we'll provide the predictions with our odds. You can then make the choice according to your options. Here are the best value picks based on the pre-playoffs predictions as compared to available odds:

    Toronto Maple Leafs to beat Boston Bruins

    Widely regarded as a piece of cake for the Bruins, Accuscore's simulations are determined it'll go the other way. The teams faced off last year in the same setting and Toronto has only gotten better since then. Boston is a strong, hardened team, but Mike Babcock and his young troops are in for a fight and are playing with a chip on their shoulder from last year's narrow 4-3 defeat. Boston did win three of four regular season matchups, so they've got a small edge from past meetings. However, with the odds set clearly against the Maple Leafs, the young guns are certainly worth a shot. Take Toronto to progress with odds of -150 | 1.67 or better!

    Washington Capitals to finish off Carolina Hurricanes

    The reigning champions had their usual issues during the regular season and it can be questioned how much hunger the team has left after finally entering the winners circle. However, the team is top notch all over, with enormous amount of playoffs experience - and now the Capitals know what it takes to go all the way. Carolina Hurricanes has been an inspiring sparkle all season, but the team is inexperienced and not quite there yet when it comes to killing of even matched games. Their time will come, for sure, but it's too early for now. Take Washington Capitals with the odds of -210 | 1.48 or better!

    Western Conference regular season winners Calgary Flames over Colorado Avalanche

    The Flames were in flames most of the season, led by suberb performances by Norris-candidate Mike Giordano and red-hot goalkeeper David Rittich. The team has been built with patience and it's finally coming to fruition after some difficult times. Flames boasts top quality offensive talent, a deep secondary scoring unit and excellent defensive core in addition to sublime goaltending. The group is inexperienced in the playoffs, but it should not prove to be a problem in the first round - especially against equally inexperienced Colorado Avalanche, who are quite frankly not even close to Flames regarding quality down the line. Their top line is fantastic, but not quite enough to challenge the Flames this time around. Take the Flames to continute from the pair with odds of -256 | 1.39 or better!

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  • Top Betting Trends: NHL & Soccer

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    Top Trends: NHL and Soccer Start 2018 Strong

    The NHL regular season has just crossed mid-season mark, and Accuscore's betting results have continued steadily returning profits when betting on game winners via money line and Side value bets. When betting every single game for 100 dollars, you would have pocketed over 1700 from side value bets and just about the same amount from money line bets since start of the 2017-18 season.

    LA Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets home games have been the most profitable ones when finding side value. Both have recorder over 800 profit out of 22 and 23 games respectively. In money line betting best teams have been the Winnipeg Jets home games and St. Louis Blues on the road. By betting all these games you have ended up over 2000 profit since start of the season.

    One team that has been profitable cross all betting markets: Side value, money line and totals, is the Buffalo Sabres. Accuscore projected that the Sabres have inflated value in the betting lines this year, and that has been the case thus far this season.

    If you are interested in ice hockey as a key betting sport, you must take a closer look at Finnish ice hockey league, too - Liiga. Since start of the season, betting totals have been one of the most profitable market across all sports and leagues. By betting 100 dollars to every 500+ games, you have collected over 8200 profit from these bets. And as there are only maximum 8 games per day, you don’t need break your bank to start winning.

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    Hot Soccer Trends
    Some of the soccer leagues took a break during the holidays, but there were still plenty of good games to bet. Since the start of the major soccer leagues in August, Accuscore predictions have brought more than generous return for our subscribers. By betting standard 100 dollars for every side value bet over 20% and every single totals bet from the Premier League, Championship, LaLiga, SerieA, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Liga MX, MLS + UK League 1 and 2 (From November onward), you would have collected hefty profit of 24,800 dollars!

    If you think that you would need tens of thousands bankroll to execute this, that is not needed. Actually due to steady upward results and games split into multiple days, you could start profitable soccer betting with few thousand and watch the wallet bulk up.

    When looking at league level, LaLiga and SerieA have generated over 6000 profit each by totals and 20%+ side value bets. EPL has performed better when betting each and every side value bet. That has resulted so far profit of +5280. Since our last Trends update a couple weeks ago, all these leagues have generated profit. EPL over 200, but SerieA and LaLiga around 800 each.

    It is interesting to see that betting totals in all leagues have been profitable week after week. There is only one two week period when this market was not on profit since start of the 2016-2017 season. During this season it has been profitable between every period we have monitored it.

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    Betting totals looks like good way of making steady money in some ice hockey leagues, soccer, NBA as well as NFL, where Accuscore predictions have brought 1680 dollars profit with one hundred dollars bets in every game during this season