How to Understand Ice Hockey Betting Odds and Betting Strategies

In the NHL, there is no such thing as a hockey sure thing. Every night is a struggle to win, and you need to be ready to fight for your money just as often as you make it. It is a constant battle for supremacy, and the lines are always blurry. There are no rules in NHL except for the ones you make up yourself. This is what makes it such a fun and interesting game to watch and to play, but it can also be really difficult to understand. If you are looking to get into betting on hockey, then this article is for you. We are going to tell you everything you need to know about making money from betting on hockey and how to make the right choices when doing so.

The Basics Of Ice Hockey Betting

To understand hockey betting odds, you need to know a few things first. One is the basic scoring system in hockey. If you’re not familiar, a single goal scores three points, a power-play goal scores five, and an overtime goal scores two. The other is that there is no (0)-(0) or (1)-(1) game in hockey. Every game is an (X)-(0) or (0)-(X) game, where (X) represent the score at that point. For example, an (x1)-(x0) or (x2)-(0) game indicates a tie, with (x1) and (x2) being the scores. There is no (1)-(1) or (2)-(2) in hockey. This means you will never have a situation where one team is leading by a single goal and then the other team scores a sudden death winner to make it a (1)-(1) game. Since there is no (0)-(0) or (1)-(1) game in hockey, all of the goals in an (x1)-(x0) or (x2)-(0) game will score. This is key to understanding the (x1)-(x0) or (x2)-(0) hockey betting odds, where (x1) and (x2) are the scores at that point. So (x1)-(x0) or (x2)-(0) odds indicate there will be at least one goal scored in the game, but it could be a push or a shootout.

As for the betting strategy, most people simply wager on the Odds To Score (OTS) bets or the Total Goals (GT) bets, but there are many others. One of the most popular binary options is the Sudden Death (SD) plays, where you’re betting on whether or not one team will score a goal in the game. There is also Passed Muck (PM), where you’re guessing which team will score the most goals, and Over/Under (OV) bets, where you’re betting whether or not the total goals will be above or below the average goals scored per game in the season. If you want to get more specific with your bets, you can use one of the many online tools that exist to help automate the process for you.

The Challenges Of Ice Hockey Betting

So now that you know the basics of ice hockey betting, let’s discuss what makes it so difficult. First off, it is extremely dangerous to wager on hockey. The variance is extremely high and often times the games go incredibly long, with a lot of stoppages in play. If you’re not careful, you’ll lose a lot of money very quickly. In a typical NHL season, there are approximately 100 stoppages per game. That means you’ll have to wager about 100 times per game to make profit, assuming you’re betting on the Odds To Score (OTS) or the Total Goals (GT) bets (and not the Sudden Death or Passed Muck bets, which are far safer). This can get quite expensive, quite quickly, especially if you’re using live betting, where your odds can change with every betting round. Sometimes it is better to just watch the NHL games and wait for the results to come in. We’ll discuss a ways to avoid this problem in a minute.

The second challenge of betting on hockey is that while it is easy to get data for other sports (such as the NBA, NFL, and MLB baseball), the data for ice hockey is extremely limited. In fact, much of the data collected about hockey is anonymous. So while you might know how many goals were scored in a particular game, you won’t know who scored the goals or when they scored them. This makes it much more difficult to gain an edge and create tricastes or accumulators, where you combine multiple sports to produce a winning combination. Accumulators are quite popular in other sports, but since there is no Odds To Score (OTS) or Total Goals (GT) betting options in ice hockey, it is quite difficult to create one.

The problem is that while it is easy enough to get data for Tiger Woods golf or the Dallas Cowboys football, it is extremely difficult to get data for ice hockey golf or football. This makes it quite difficult for sophisticated bettors who want to create tricastes and accumulators in ice hockey.

The Solution To The Problem

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem, which is why we’re here. Bettors in other sports have figured out ways to make money in sports betting, even when they can’t get as much data as they want. The most popular solution has been to examine the structure of the games themselves and figure out ways to apply what they know to hockey betting. For example, in football, there is usually only one scoring opportunity per game, which makes examining the structure of the game quite easy. There are also time limits on the plays, so you can cut down on the number of stoppages. In ice hockey, there are usually a few more scoring opportunities per game, which means you can wager on multiple goals more frequently than in football. This, in turn, makes it easier to profit from hockey betting, assuming you know how.

The problem with the structure of the game is that it has changed dramatically over the years. Simply examining the form now would not give you an accurate representation of how the game is played these days. You need to examine multiple factors, including statistics and videos of past games in order to figure out how to apply what you know to today’s hockey games.

In the final analysis, it is extremely difficult to wager on ice hockey, but it’s also one of the most exciting sports to wager on, particularly if you understand the dynamics of the game. If you’re new to the world of sports betting, then start small. Simply wager on the Over/Under (OV) or Sudden Death (SD) bets, which are far safer and easier to understand. If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can wager on the Miltary (MI), Tiger Woods (TGW), or Dallas Cowboys (DAL) plays, but take caution in doing so, as these are the most popular choices among sports bettors and it is quite likely you’ll see more people betting on them than actually following them. There are many more options available to you, but you need to do your homework first.