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NHL Playoff Zig Zag Theory

The playoff Zig Zag Theory is one of the most popular playoff betting strategies among sharp bettors, and the NHL is not exempt from the idea.

The premise behind the Zig Zag Theory is that in a seven-game elimination series, the team coming off a loss is more likely to win the next game, regardless of the other variables in play.

Each game is affected by the one that preceeds it. Momentum is important in a playoff series, and so is curbing the opponents’ momentum. No team wants to go down 2-0 or 3-1 in a best-of-seven set, and that’s certainly the case for NHL teams.

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The Zig Zag Theory applies especially to what is expected to be a close series, one that should go six or seven games. Keep in mind a dominant No. 1 seed coming off a win in Game 1 over a lowly No. 8 seed is still unlikely to lose at home in Game 2, regardless of what says the Zig Zag Theory.

Don’t think the loser tends to bounce back in the NHL playoffs? Take a look at the 2010 NHL postseason: All the clubs that won their first round openers lost in Game 2.

The Zig Zag Theory being what it is, don’t follow it blindly. If a team has a hot goaltender going, it could be unwise to bet against him and his team, even if the Zig Zag Theory has you pointing in the other direction. In the same vein, injuries can take their toll on a team that would normally be set to bounce back after a tough loss.

Remember to watch the games if you can. Sometimes, a coach has the other team figured out, and no amount of “Zig Zag” can help the other squad. If one team has the other team’s number, it could be foolish to get overly theoretical when making your next wager. 

Winning more NHL playoff bets can be achieved with tighter handicapping, including studying concepts like the Zig Zag betting theory. Read more NHL playoff betting by clicking here and see the latest hockey odds in the live moneyline and puckline section here at Odds Shark.