How to Bet on Hockey
Betting the National Hockey League can be successful if you do some research and are willing to use proper bankroll management. If you already have some hockey knowledge this will become easier for you. Here are some tips to help you become successful with your NHL betting.
Use the Schedule Wisely
It would be fruitful to identify from a schedule those teams that play on a consecutive day. Then notice if they are home or away. This will identify some factors that may prove a team has tired legs and whether they are sleeping in their own bed. Look at the schedule for games that start at different times. Unusual starts mess with players clock inside their body. That can be a concern.
The schedule will also tell you about teams that are on long road trips. Especially when the teams from the West go East and then the other way around. This also messes with the hockey player’s body. One thing that can drain a player’s body is when teams are playing a group of games such as 3 games in 4 days or 6 days. These are brutal.
Know the Goalie and Injury Situation
Every game has two goalies. Know who is starting for each team and determine of they have been reliable in their duties. Their save percentage is a statistics you should look at before placing your wager. Knowing the goalie is mostly important on the consecutive games or long stretches of games. Check the backup goalies just in case they get thrown in at the last moment.
Research is key. Check the injury lists, check out who is hot and who is not. Check out coaches habits for each team and check the lines to see if they fit your thoughts on the game.
Hockey Bet Types
MoneyLine: The moneyline is probably what most people use to bet. If the t. Louis Blues was playing the Chicago Blackhawks and the line was set Blackhawks -200 and Blues was +180 that tells you if you want to bet on the Hawks, a $200 wager is needed to win $100 and if it is a positive like the +180 then you bet $100 to win $180.
Totals: Totals are another way to bet hockey. It is the over/under for the contest. The oddsmaker may set the contest at 5.5 goals. The bettor decides if they believe the total goals in the game will be under 5 or over 5 goals. One thing to remember is that 45% of the games go over 5 goals, 25% are under and 30% are exactly at 5 goals.
Grand Salami: One other bet is usually called the Grand Salami and it is easy to play. The oddsmakers may say that in today’s games, there will be 55 goals and the bettor will take the over or under on that total.
Those are some of the ways that betting the NHL can be a winning proposition. Take time to look things over, study the schedules of the team and look for injuries and replacements that may cause a change in the way a team plays. Hockey is an interesting sport and very winnable to the betting public. Good Luck!
NHL Betting Tips
During the winter many bettors and most sportsbooks become obsessed with college basketball and NBA games. It appears very little attention is given to the NHL. This means that if you are paying attention to what is going on around the world of hockey, you can make a good amount of money betting it. Let’s examine how you can make money wagering the NHL.
There are several key components that should be followed closely before a wager is placed. They are:
Who is the goaltender? How have they been doing recently? Look at their save percentage to see if they are sharp or not. How has he done against this team in the past? It’s not a good sign if the goalie is allowing goals.
Check the offense. Is the team scoring goals? How many shots on goal do they get? A team that puts the puck near and/or in the net is a team to pay attention to.
Check the defense. Do they allow too many goals? It may not just be the goalie, it might be a porous defense. If a team uses more than one goalie, check out the difference in stats.
Rest. Have they been playing lots of games in a row or many in a short period of time? This is important for the players to be fresh and ready to play.
Does the team get penalized too much? If they tend to get many penalties you must now look at how good are the powerplays and what is their success in penalty kills.
Who is a good team at home? Which teams are winning on the road? Some teams are average on the road and some don’t appeared bothered by it.
How have they played lately? If a team has been hot, make sure it has been for an extended time and not just a game or two.
Check the injury report. Be sure some top performer is not dressing for the game before you make a play on the game.
Maybe not quite as important as the others but know the rules of the game. After all, how can you make a good solid bet on the game if you have very little clue as to what is going on.
RESEARCH- that is what all about the above tips are about. Don’t go the quick method if you want to make money on hockey betting.
The following are a collection of resources dedicated to the NHL. These all could prove helpful in your quest to make money betting on the National Hockey League.
- This is our collection of NHL Links, including links to the official team sites, media guides and injury reports.