With the start of the 2016-17 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs just over 48 hours away, puck betting buffs everywhere are in need of some expert betting advice that will help maximize their chances of cashing in early and often.
Thankfully, that’s where I come in. Thanks to the handful of expert betting tips that you’re about to get, you’re going to increase your chances of striking pay dirt over the course of the entire NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Now, let’s get started and check out the latest hockey bettings picks here.
Betting Tips For The 2017 NHL Playoffs
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The first thing you need to know about NHL playoff betting is the starting goalie for each team in the playoff series you’re betting on. Just like a red-hot hurler in MLB baseball, an incendiary goalie that is turning away every shot can often wins games by simply keeping their opponent off the scoreboard know matter how prolific a scoring team they may be.
Think about former goalie greats like Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy. When these two guys got hot, it literally didn’t matter who their former teams were playing, they simply were not going to give up more goals than their respective teams scored. Identify red-hot goalies and ride them like you’re a thoroughbred jockey.
The very next thing you need to know about betting on the NHL playoffs is what kind of goal scorers both teams have. Does one team have a handful of elite goal scorers like Washington or do they struggle to score like some slow-paced team for 50 years ago? Know each team’s best goal scorers and just how hot they are heading into the playoffs and you’ll increase your odds of cashing in exponentially.
Watch Those Totals
Did you know that approximately 30 percent of all hockey matches land right on the total of 5 goals while approximately 45 percent go over the total and 35 percent under?
If you can, you should avoid betting on matches where the total is listed at 5. You could pay a higher premium for that figure and when combined with the juice you have to pay, making a profit can become quite difficult. Generally sportsbook place a price of at least 85 cents to sit on a game total of 5 as opposed to betting on totals of 4.5 or 5.5 totals. In the playoffs it can cost you even more.