NHL Betting Vault: Basic Strategies to Know

When it comes to betting on any sport, it is good to have a vault of information you can pull from. Every recreational sports bettor has great intentions when it comes to a set strategy at the beginning of the season. At the first sign of trouble, those strategies tend to get abandoned and the bad habits start to creep their way back in.

It is time to go back into the NHL vault to revisit some betting strategies to know and follow.


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NHL Moneyline Betting Strategy

The posted moneyline for every NHL game is the main bet for this sport.

All you need to do to win is pick the straight-up winner.

Betting favorites comes with more risk and less reward. The bigger the favorite the bigger the risk. Betting underdogs offers a bigger reward with less risk.

Going back over this season’s betting trends on a NHL moneyline bet, the favorites have only won 56.6 percent of the time. This sets the stage for betting underdogs when the matchup on ice leans that way.

Betting moneylines is the type of wager where you can fall below a .500 winning percentage and still make money. It is not about the quantity of underdogs you bet, but the quality. Home dogs remain the best bet with a 44.8 winning percentage.

Overall, betting streaky teams on the moneyline is another viable strategy.

Once a team has won two or three games in a row, it becomes very attractive in its next game. The same thing could be said for going against losing teams.

NHL Total Line Betting Strategy

There is some tremendous value betting NHL total lines.

Trying to predict how many goals each team is going to score can be easier to do than picking the team that is going to score the most goals.


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High scoring teams are going to have high total lines when they face one another. Yet, the concept of an offensive shootout among a few of the best sharpshooter in the league often times adds up to seven or more total goals.

Defensive minded teams facing off against each other are going to have low game totals. If both team’s starting goalie is playing in top form, the lean should always go towards the UNDER.

NHL Puck Line Betting Strategy

You will come across a number of different suggestions of how to bet the spread in hockey on the puck line. What you should always focus on is actual betting value. The puck line swings the value towards the favorite giving up the goal and a half.

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If you think the underdog can stay within one goal of the favorite, bet that team on the regular moneyline at plus money. The puck line creates an immediate lean towards betting the favorite.

There are quite a few one-goal games in the NHL. What you should be looking for is an obvious mismatch. If you think the favorite should win the game with ease and by two or more goals, take the higher value in the puck line as opposed to the higher risk in a moneyline bet.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.