In the middle of the NHL regular season, there are a total of 688 games to sift through. This can provide valuable insights for hockey bettors looking to increase their chances of picking winners. Here are some trends and pointers:
Home teams have a 53.5% win rate this season (368-320 SU). However, this increases to 57.1% when the home team has more rest than the road team. On the other hand, the home win rate drops to 49.3% when the road team has more rest.
Road teams to win in regulation are a wise bet because they win almost as much as home favorites do, but with longer odds. Additionally, games going into overtime have remained steady at approximately 22% this season.
Bettors have less than a 40% success rate backing teams to cover -1.5 goals on the puckline, indicating that it may not be wise to back big favorites to blow out weak teams. However, in games where the total is 5.5 goals, the over has hit 55.3% of the time. This means that bettors can consider taking the over when the total is set at 5.5 goals.
Furthermore, bettors often receive plus-money on over 7 goals, but this has only hit 32.8% of the time this season, so it may not be a wise bet.
In summary, these data indicate that the hockey betting market does a great job betting games into shape. However, by analyzing recent trends and odds, bettors can identify opportunities to make more informed decisions.
In addition, Canada Sports Betting’s Greg Warren has provided a thorough analysis of this week’s NHL schedule covering rest days and tired spots. The latest episode of Canada Sports Betting’s daily hockey podcast, The Puck Portfolio, offers picks for Wednesday and Thursday. Lastly, updated projected NHL standings and Stanley Cup playoff odds are available for interested individuals.