Ice hockey is one of the world’s most exciting sports. Fast, thrilling, and occasionally violent, it’s also a great sport to bet on, with dozens of league games and internationals taking place in Europe and North America. With a top bookmaker such as Mr Green, you will find an enticing variety of ice hockey markets in which to bet. But before you start betting on ice hockey, it’s important to work out your ice hockey betting tactics.
There’s no doubt that Britain’s EIHL draws more interest than the majority of European leagues. And it’s important that when working out your betting strategy for that particular league, you’re familiar with the schedule. Ice hockey asks a lot of its players, and that’s even more the case when we’re talking about a league such as the EIHL. So you’ll want to constantly be aware of which games are coming up. You’ll also want to know which teams are travelling long distances or playing numerous games in just a few short days, as their performances may suffer as a result.
With such a high number of games on their schedule, each team, along with each individual player, will experience ups and downs in form. Often, they save their very best when matched against local or divisional rivals, especially if there’s a play-off place on the line. So it isn’t just a case of being aware of the schedule, it’s knowing it in-depth, how it affects each team, and which games have something a little extra at stake.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the goal-tender is the most important position in ice-hockey. Goal-tenders are not interchangeable in terms of ability, and there can be a significant decline in a team’s performance if they have to field their second or third choice in that position. Taking the time to study the strengths and weaknesses of every goal-tender at every team in the league and staying bang up to date with starting line-up information will pay off.
Ice Hockey betting at Mr Green
The key to success in sports betting is finding value. If you can consistently find bets where the odds on offer are bigger than they should be, then you will make a profit in the long term. So much for the theory. In practice, finding value isn’t straightforward, and requires both in-depth analysis and the ability to react quickly when value prices become available.
The good news is that value is not confined to the match result market. In fact, it may be easier to find a value bet in some of the other ice hockey markets offered by Mr Green, such as the Over/Under, handicap or correct score markets, which tend to be less popular. Whichever market you play in, a good way to discipline yourself to look for value is to make your own odds, based on what you think the true probability of an event should be.
For example, if you think the Boston Bruins have a 40 percent chance of beating the San Jose Sharks, that equates to fractional odds of 6/4 or decimal odds of 2.5. If the odds available on a Boston Bruins win are bigger than your estimate, then you may have found a value bet. Making your own odds lines in this way takes practice, but it is a useful way of getting in the habit of turning your analysis into odds and hence finding value.
The ice hockey goals markets are dynamic and varied, and can offer the clued-up ice hockey bettor plenty of opportunity. With a bookmaker such as Mr Green, you can benefit from a range of goals markets, including Total Goals, Both Teams to Score and Correct Score.
Total Goals is a good market to start with, as it is relatively low risk. The number of goals scored and conceded by teams in most ice hockey leagues remains fairly consistent and with a little research into current form and overall goals record, you can find some good bets in this market. The Both Teams to Score market is one to play in if you think you have found a game in which you are confident one team might not score, as shut-outs are rare in ice hockey, while the Correct Score market is a little more volatile, but offers some big prices.
As you can see, the goals markets offer something for every betting style and experience level and can be an excellent place to start in your search for ice hockey betting profit.