Prior to this season, I began tuning my NHL prediction model at the team level. It uses a variety of team statistics such as win streak, goals for/against, rest, team save percentage, if playing the second game of a back-to-back, etc. The model is trained on the previous two seasons and all games up to date in the current season. I run an NHL scraper each morning to update stats from the previous night’s games. As teams play more games and more data is fed through the model from the current year it will start to produce better results.
I have found an NHL scraper for play by play data and I will be developing a player level model to better predict teams that will win a particular NHL game.
For now, I will share with you my NHL prediction model at the team level. See the image below for the November 30th output from the model.
We had a bounce-back day before Thanksgiving to get the model back to .500 and double digit units for the season. Best bets went 2-1 for +1.39 units on Wednesday. Today the model is seeing some opportunities for both home and away teams. The biggest favourite seems to be the Calgary Flames where the model predicts a 72.81% chance of winning.
The Home and Away “Edge” is the difference between the win percentage that Vegas gives a team and what my model gives a team. I am playing on teams with edges over 4% currently. Lines are observed at approximately 10am EST.
Betting on NHL games during the first month or two of the season can be wild. Teams have not settled into their systems and games can be quite unpredictable. Be careful with the amount you are betting and don’t ruin the rest of the NHL season for yourself by going overboard in the first month.
Best Bets for Nov 27:
Columbus Blue Jackets ML (+156)
Vancouver Canucks ML (+120)
New York Rangers ML (+133)
NHL 82 Game Challenge: If you are not familiar with theBRKDWN’s 82 game challenge, you will see that each member of our NHL team has selected one team to follow the entire season. Each game that our team plays in we must bet on a side or total in some way connected to the game.
My team is the Tampa Bay Lightning. So be on the lookout for every game the Lightning have as I will have a play on them. I’ll be playing the Tampa Bay on the Money Line today.
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