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NHL Betting: What Is a Grand Salami Bet?

The NHL Grand Salami bet has nothing to do with the deliciousness of the cured sausage that brings joy to all. The Grand Salami bet can also bring joy to all who cash in on a win.

In order to make this bet, you first have to understand what it is. With a solid understanding of how the wager works, bettors can then use a few strategies to increase their winning percentage on the Grand Salami.

Here are the details.

The Grand Salami NHL Bet Explained

It’s a truly classic NHL bet. The Grand Salami gives bettors the opportunity to bet on all games on the schedule in a single night.

It’s really not all that difficult. It’s simply a Totals bet where you wager on the Over or Under the total number of goals scored by all teams on a particular day. It’s a Totals bet, but one on steroids. Payouts on this type of bet can vary depending upon the teams on the schedule, but for the most part odds will range from Even to plus- or minus-120.

Factors Affecting the NHL Grand Salami Bet

The first thing to look at is the number of teams playing on a given night. The number of teams has an effect on how the oddsmakers set the total.

Another key is the starting goaltenders. There may be a night on the schedule when two or three starters are rested in favor of their backups. That will directly impact scoring in those games and, ultimately the overall games’ totals.

You can dig deeper too into things like teams playing back-to-back games. Teams tend to score more when they are fresh. There are certainly other factors worth checking out before making your Grand Salami bet.

NHL Grand Salami Bet Example

There could be as many as 10 games (or even more) on a given day in the NHL. Other days there may be only two or three. Remember, oddsmakers will set Totals based on a number of different factors.

The Grand Salami is not simply the sum of all game totals. Oddsmakers take many factors into account and develop a total for all games on the schedule.

In this case, the Grand Salami total has been set at 53.5.

OVER 53.5 (+110)

UNDER 53.5 (-120)

In this example, the Under is favored and a $120 bet will payout $100. A $100 wager on the Over will payout $110. All teams combined would have to total 54 or more goals for the Over to win.

NHL Grand Salami Variations

The Grand Salami bet can take on a few different forms. There is the NHL Home Grand Salami as well as the same bet for away teams. In this bet, you would be wagering on the total number of goals scored by all the home teams or the total for all away teams.

There are also Grand Salami bets for individual periods. You can wager on the total number of goals scored by all teams in the first period only. You can also make the same bet for the second and third periods.

The Grand Salami is an institution in NHL betting. It’s been around for years and will continue to be one of the more popular NHL wagers.

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

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