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Best NHL Betting Strategies

Some sports handicappers believe that hockey is the easiest sport to bet on for those who follow the NHL closely and track player injuries carefully along with goaltender play.

As one of the most physical and grueling games, depth in hockey is extremely important, especially when teams have to deal with a key injury. Handicapping the NHL schedule is also very critical because teams often play tough stretches both at home and on the road, squeezing a lot of games into short periods of time.

That’s why knowing who’s on the ice and who’s resting is the greatest information you can gather before wagering on hockey games and will determine whether you win or lose.

Why NHL Travel Schedules Matter

Handicapping travel schedules in the NHL will help you stay on the same page as the oddsmakers who are setting the hockey lines. If a team like the Chicago Blackhawks goes on its annual circus road trip for a couple of weeks, the initial thinking might be to fade them because they will be out of their element for such a long time.

But remember this is an annual trip, and like any other time a team hits the road, there is the opportunity for players to bond and become closer both on and off the ice. The key is picking your spots on the schedule when a team might be resting its starting goalie or giving the star player a break during a road trip to avoid running them into the ground.

Will teams be fatigued in certain spots or will they be more energized for a nationally televised matchup? Again, this is where understanding the depth situation on each team’s lines is key and could be the difference in you winning or losing your bets.

Handicapping Postseason Hockey

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are among the most exciting in all of sports, with teams like the 2012 Los Angeles Kings winning the title as an eighth seed and proving all it takes is getting into the postseason to have a shot at a championship.

Because of this, though, bettors need to be aware that no team is out of any series, with the Zig-Zag Theory serving as a legitimate handicapping strategy to follow just like it is in the NBA. Momentum shifts can happen several times within a seven-game series, so the best way to handicap the games is to watch every one and pay close attention to details.

Is a team only playing four defensemen due to injuries? Has a team gotten a spark from a new goalie who did not see much action during the regular season? These are examples of things to watch in an NHL playoff series as it unfolds to beat the book.