Hockey is by far one of the hardest sport to make money off of. Pucking Hockey, for the first time, will share our NHL betting tips and tricks. Which has made us profitable since 2010.
Money Line Favorites
This is arguably the most favorite line to bet when it comes to hockey. But, also the biggest sucker play in all of hockey. Most people look at these heavy money line favorites, and they automatically assume that team will win.
First: There’s a reason why Vegas opens the odds at -200 or more for these huge money line favorites. Not only are they saying “hey, give us your money” they are also saying “This team is supposed to win on paper”.
Second: In hockey, huge money line favorites do not always win. If they did, everyone would bet them. The general public, gamblers, don’t like to do their homework when it comes to betting hockey. Like most gamblers, they try to get lucky. But there are investors out there like myself that puts in the time, and seeks out those valuable teams that are not huge money line favorites.
Bottom line is this, anyone who bets a team with odds between -150 to -350 are suckers and will go broke in the long run. actually, they will most likely go broke with-in two days.
In conclusion, do your homework and do not get sucked into the Vegas trap. Historically, NO ONE has ever made money betting money line favorites in hockey. Seek out those underdogs and low money line odd favorites. Otherwise, you might as well just burn your money instead of giving it to Vegas.
This is the second most popular line to bet in hockey. Why? Because of the juicy odds when betting a puck line at -1.5
For example: When you have a very good team playing a very bad team, the public assumes the better team will win by 2 or more goals. They are wrong, not always the case.
Let’s use Chicago vs New Jersey, in New Jersey as an example. If you watch hockey as much as I do, you should know that NO NHL TEAM goes into Jersey thinking they will blow them out. Defense’s will always screw the puck lines. No matter how you look at it, puck lines are not a valuable way to make money in hockey.
And this applies to several teams and where they are playing that current night. Even depending on what time of the day. Are they a good afternoon team or a better night team?
Yes, you can get away with a few puck lines throughout the year, but if you’re not doing your homework, defenses will screw your puck line or even a goalie that’s having an off game.
If you’re trying to hit big with puck lines, burn your money. However, investing a small bank roll on puck lines that offer plus odds, there could be a potential ROI down the road. It won’t be easy and it will take a lot of time and patience, something gamblers don’t have.
I personally don’t bother because the next topic is where the money is at when betting hockey.
This is my favorite and most profitable way to make money in the game of hockey. Money lines are my second favorite, depending on the odds and value.
Betting game totals, historically, has made me a profit each and every season. Defense vs defense, offense vs offense, goaltending battles, divisional rivalries – all factor into game totals. And considering I have been watching hockey for over 20 years, game totals happen to come naturally to me.
The general public loves overs. They will choose an over 5.5 or even an over 6 just because the NHL are trying to push for more goals, and more “exciting games”. Unders are just as good as overs. But it all comes down to which teams are playing one another and if there’s a rivalry or a revenge game. Even revenge or rivalries between players, not necessarily the whole team.
Trends and Stats
This in my opinion is by far the most useless factor when handicapping hockey. If trends and stats were always on target, hockey betting wouldn’t exist. Sure some trends and stats happen to have a high percentage of winning but like every other sport, teams draft and trade players every offseason. Players who set those past trends and stats, that won’t apply to a new coaching system.
People think hockey is just a bunch of guys chasing a puck. Believe it or not, there are set plays and structure in this game, just like any other sport. But as I mentioned before, if you haven’t followed the game for a long time, you won’t ever understand it.
The Cold Hard Truth
What I am trying to say is, you will never make money betting hockey on your own unless you have been following the game for a long time, know all the players styles, team styles and rivalries.
This is not a sport you can dive right into, so if you are a basketball guy or baseball guy and don’t know a thing about hockey, stay away, unless of course you want to lose your hard-earned money. Or your parents money, to each its own. And get out of your parent’s basement, wannabes!
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