Brush up your ice hockey betting strategy

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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.

Know The NHL Schedule

The NHL is the world’s most popular ice hockey league, but when planning an NHL betting strategy, one of the first things to take into account is the schedule. Ice hockey is a gruelling sport and the NHL schedule is particularly demanding, so it’s a good idea to study the fixture list closely. Look for teams making long journeys or playing three or four games in the space of five or six days, as they may struggle to be at their best in these circumstances.

With so many games to play, it’s inevitable that teams and players will not be able to maintain full intensity every time they take to the ice. Their performances are more likely to peak in crucial games against divisional or local rivals, where there are play-off places or local pride at stake, so if you know the schedule inside out, you may be able to spot these situations ahead of time and profit.

Know your goalies

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.

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Value is everything

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.

Goals, goals, goals

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.