It’s so different. The NHL playoffs are different than the regular season. In fact, it probably is more different than any other sport when it gets to the postseason.

Think about this. There are teams that just squeaked into the playoffs and they can get hot and continue and then there are the teams that have done well and dominated the entire year and they could get cold and on the eve of distinction.

Let’s look at some of those reasons that playoff hockey is a different breed to bet:

NHL PlayoffsCheck the Goalies

If you are a baseball fan you know that a pitcher can be the single most factor in who wins or loses a game. The same can be said for the NHL goaltenders. Check which goalies are hot and which ones are not. Besides just being hot, check teams for mediocre goalies. Maybe they just go by during the season with an average one that will have trouble keeping his team in the game. Some teams will get a quick exit due to this fact.

Does the Team have Depth?

This is really an important issue in playoff hockey and they are playing 5-6-7 games in the span of about 18 days.Players will naturally be tired and some may have injuries to report. The true depth of a roster will be noticed during this time of the season.

Check the roster for players that are getting healthy. One reason for that is they may have been out of service for weeks to months and are most likely to have fresher legs than those that played every game.

Don’t just look at the stars but pay attention to the third and fourth lines. These are the hidden gems for a team to win and for you to be a successful bettor. Stars will draw a lot of attention from the other team and their defensive schemes but not the third and fourth lines.

Don’t just look at the stars but pay attention to the third and fourth lines. These are the hidden gems for a team to win and for you to be a successful bettor. Stars will draw a lot of attention from the other team and their defensive schemes but not the third and fourth lines.

Toughness

In order to survive the NHL playoffs, teams must have physicality. They have to be able to hit and take a big hit. The teams known as finesse teams get worn down as the playoffs continue and don’t do well.

Can they Win on the Road?

Home ice continues to be a big factor in the win department as the regular season continues. But it is the teams that can win on the road they are good risks to take with your bet. In playoff hockey, the home crowd has less importance than sports like football or basketball. There is very good value on betting good road team in the playoffs.

It has been stated that hockey is also less susceptible to momentum than other sports. Teams can make adjustments quickly with line changes and roster movements which tend to lessen the ability of teams gaining the momentum.

It has been stated that hockey is also less susceptible to momentum than other sports. Teams can make adjustments quickly with line changes and roster movements which tend to lessen the ability of teams gaining the momentum.

Officiating and Special Teams

One of the things that you will see in the postseason that generally doesn’t happen in the regular season is that the referees tend to let more things slide. Teams with good special teams that can capitalize on man-advantages have the upper hand. Check the stats for these type of teams. Which teams are good power play teams? Look for those and while doing that look for the teams that are good at stopping the power play.

Conclusion

It is going to take research before you can confidently place a wager when dealing with playoff hockey. Don’t go in blind or bet on your favorite team without having more knowledge. Those bets will come back to bite you. Follow some experts in the NHL for trends and you can make a fruitful bet. Remember to bet wisely and use good bankroll management.