The 2016-17 NHL season is well underway and with the quarter-mark in the rearview mirror we have a pretty good idea of what we can expect. While the NHL is just one of the four major sports in North America it is definitely the top sport in Canada and there is plenty of information available online to help you gain an edge when it comes to betting on hockey. Here is a look at the essential hockey betting tips to remember.
Understand The Rules
As is the case with any sport, it’s important to know the rules of the game before wagering your money. In fact, the more you know about the sport the better your odds of winning should be. The rules of the game are available online and a quick crash course can help you get a better understanding of what you can expect when you bet on the games.
Put In The Necessary Research
In addition to understanding the rules of the game, you also want to have a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of the individual players, teams and matchups across the board. Internet sites like NHL.com and ESPN.com offer a wide range of statistics as well as game previews for every single matchup so make sure you take the time to put in the necessary research.
Analyze Key Injuries
While hockey is a team sport, the best players in the world have a tremendous impact on the outcome of games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the talent to be a Stanley Cup contender when Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are healthy and in their lineup but if both of those players are injured then they will have a much tougher time winning games. Every NHL team will deal with its share of injuries but it’s the injuries to key players that will make the biggest difference when it comes to impacting the outcome of games.
Find Winning Systems
There are plenty of NHL betting systems available online but it is on you to find the best systems out there. Some systems will offer picks for free while others require you to pay for their services. It might be worth investing in paid services but you have to make sure that your profit margin makes it worth spending the money in exchange for picks.
Avoid Unnecessary Bias
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when betting on hockey is they wager based on unnecessary bias. Whether it is a favorite team or a favorite player it’s important not to get caught up in the hype and try to roll with one team without considering the key factors that usually determine how a game will play out. Even the best teams in the league will lose around one-third of their games each season so it’s important to keep that in mind. It is often the less popular teams that offer the best betting opportunities so keep that in mind when you are betting on NHL hockey.