NHL betting tips for NHL Handicappers
Up for trying something new on your sportsbook this fall? Although NHL is the least popular of the four major North American professional sports, there are lots of opportunities to profit. Here are some NHL Betting Tips to help get you started.
If you are interested in starting out, consider these tips to get you started in NHL Handicapping. If you are looking for some more advanced NHL Betting Strategy, Check out my fully guaranteed NHL Sports Investing Program.
NHL Betting Tip #1 - Research and Repeat
Start with the basics
Like any all sports, it’s imperative that you do your homework. To bet on the NHL with repeated success you need to know who's hot and who is not. Goals against average, power-play efficiency, home record versus away (very key) Are just a some of the many stats worth considering before deciding which bets you want to make.
Also, don’t overlook most recent trend data when evaluating the stats. Hockey, not unlike baseball, is one of those very streaky sports. A team can win or lose games in bunches depending on all kinds of factors, like time of year, composition of the lineup length of a road trip or other motivational factors.
Bonus NHL Betting Tip
I always like to note where a team is playing, consider betting against east coast teams playing on the west coach late at night, or betting against west coast teams playing the early game on the east coast. It may not seem like much, but these systems can be an important part of your NHL Betting Strategy.
NHL Betting Tip # 2 - Consider the Underdog
My second NHL Betting Tip is to focus on underdog and plus money bets.
NHL is another one of those sports with parity. The way an average NHL Betting season pans out, the underdog in hockey can be a good way to rake in profits. Winners and losers are usually decided by only a few plays and one or two goals.
Additionally, the NHL has one of the most limiting salary caps in professional sports. this promote a far more even distribution of top talent. Just look at a team like the Boston Bruins in 2014. They lost a ton of key talent due to the Salary Cap.
Translation? — Almost any team, has a chance of beating any other on any given night. Take into account the factors from NHL Betting Tip #1 to help you figure out which ones have the best shot.
Smart analysis is still key to finding the profitable bets, you should look for underdogs that have similar records to the favorite, but are playing on the road, or have some other disadvantage, that may not stop them from winning.
NHL Betting Tip #3 - Pass on the Parlay
This is one of the most common things I see new NHL bettors wasting their money on. Yes hitting a 5 team winner would be great, but the odds are well stacked against you, and you are actually just multiplying the house advantage over you.
Take a single game action, and focus your bets like strategic strikes. When you spot an advantage make a single calculated play.
NHL Betting Tip # 4 - Consider the 3-Way
Most of the time its best to just stick to the money line bets, this has the most limited number of outcomes, especailly due to the shootout format that the NHL now uses. Every game has a winner.
There are however situations where it may pay to place a wager on the 3 way line. If you look at the stats and notice that a team almost never ties on home ice, you may be well advised to make a play on the win in regulation line. This offers a better payout, but you lose if the game goes to overtime. You can check out the Stats on NHL.com to view past win loss and overtime records for every team in the league.
NHL Betting Tip # 5 - Tackling the Total
This is the NHL version of the over/under. Much like in baseball or football.
This sports-books or odds-makers will lay their best guess on the total number of goals scored in a game. This is where you have to determine how defensive or offensive the game is going to be.
There are some teams that for whatever reason, always seem to have very high scoring games when they play each other. The 2013-2014 games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers jump to mind.
Most NHL games tend to land on 5 or 6 goal totals, but there will be some situations where teams will get into lots of fast break races and they will run the score up, there will also be games where two goal tenders are on hot streaks and they will likely be a defensive match up.
Look for trends and make your bets accordingly.
Pay attention to what’s happening around the league and the Total bet can become one of the most profitable you make.
NHL Betting Tip Summary
Overall NHL Handicapping is one of the easier sports to master, as you have a limited number of factors at play. For the most part the same team plays the whole game, you can bank on players having somewhat consistent ice time and you can easily spot trends to help you make smarter sports bets.
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