Before you even think of placing a bet start following the game, it makes sense that you should know what you are betting on. You could start by following a single team or a division of teams. This will help you focus on the team’s progress and keep track of the statistics.
Gather recent performance reports, you need both the home and away statistics. The goals scored and goals against both at home and away are in reality the main points you need to keep in mind when trying to handicap hockey. In NHL, most wins are based on attitude.
Never ignore the underdog. In hockey, unlike most other games, the underdog has as much chance of winning as the favorite. Look up the travel schedule; keep an eye on where the underdog came from and where they are going. Check how many times they have played and are going to play this particular opponent. What their past record is against the opponent, on both the home and away statistics.
Look at the goaltender. Goaltending is in many ways the most important aspect of a hockey team. The chance of a team winning improves many folds if it has a good goaltender. To judge a good goaltender look at both the save percentages and at how many goals each team has scored in the past week. You can be sure that if a certain goalie has been shelled of late, his confidence is going to be on the low side and that could affect the morale of the rest of the team.
Look at the coach. In a game of hockey the coach determines the line changes and strategy as the game progresses; hence you should never discount the role of coaching. Check out how a certain coach has performed previously against the opponent the team is facing. If the teams are in different divisions, determine whether the coach has ever coached in that division either as an assistant or head coach.
Look at the team spirit. Learn all about the team chemistry during the past year. Check if there are any feuding players on the team or if there is a star player on the trading block. Hockey is a team sport, which is fast and decision taken on the run, hence team spirit is very crucial. Good team chemistry can make winners out of any team on a given game night.
Keep these hockey betting tips in mind before you place your next bet, and you'll be sure to watch your success-rate rise.