Does Weather Affect The Outcome Of Hockey Games?
Instead of blabbering on, I am going to get right to the point, YES, weather DOES affect the outcome of hockey games.
Hockey is a sport where you are constantly on the road, going from warm conditions, to cold conditions and sometimes extremely cold conditions. But you may say, “the players arrive to the rink hours early before a game to get their body temperature to “normal”
Yes, obviously that is a well known fact, but what about the ice conditions that lay above the ground? Some NHL arenas go through drastic temperature changes throughout the months, which ultimately affects how they are going to control the temperature in the arena. and on the ice.
We all know weather reports are just predictions, weather can change at the drop of a dime, we as humans can’t control mother nature, Then when a weather report is wrong and the ice arena has already prepped for those reported weather conditions, it could cause some serious problems on the ice and in the arena.
There are time players can literally skate faster than they really can, and most of the time games tend to go over the posted total. Then you have games where the ice can be a bit “soft” not your normal ice conditions, which will slow down players and the coaches game plan going forward.
Fans do not realize this and they wonder why certain players play good for weeks at a time then have a few bad games. Next time track the weather conditions, you can probably figure it out for yourself. Maybe.
As far as my handicapping strategy? This is one of MANY ways I handicap this great sport. How do I determine if weather will affect a game prediction? Well that is a secret I will NEVER reveal 😉
So do yourself a favor, get on board for a month of NHL picks and you will see how profitable I am in this great sport we call hockey!
PS – I have been around this sport since I was 8 years old, lets not forget about how fans body heat can change arenas climate conditions, especially when the weather that was once predicted, does not hold ground.
Weather also affects players immune systems 😉
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