An Introduction to Ice Hockey Betting
Ice hockey is a fast, high impact and powerful sport that has flourished in colder regions of the world. Canada is one such country where ice hockey is a popular sport to play, watch and bet on. Ice hockey is a sport played at both club and international levels and offers many betting opportunities throughout a season.
Ice hockey is a Winter Olympics sport too and Canada has been the most successful team to date. This brings about greater betting opportunities for Canadian bettors who like to bet on the Olympics. The NHL or National Hockey League is the biggest in the world and is made up of teams from both Canada and America. The season starts in early October and ends mid-April. There is then the playoffs and the grand finale, the Stanley Cup.
Ice hockey is a major sport in Canada which makes it even more popular to bet on. It is easy to bet online with simple yet diverse betting options and the season is long bringing about plenty of betting opportunities.
The Common Ice Hockey Bets
One of the most common types of bets in ice hockey is outright bets. There are many games played in a season or tournament so there are many outright bets to place. These simply consist of the outright winner of a competition.
There are two match result bets available including end of regulation and including overtime. End of regulation means predicting the winner that has won within the sixty minute game and the including overtime bet is the winner if the game goes into overtime.
Another bet available is the puck line handicap. This is a bet option unique to this sport but is a variation of point spread bets. This is there to even out points between the favourites and the underdogs.
Overs and unders are bets placed on whether the score will finish more or less than a predetermined number. It must be the total score of both teams and it must be correctly predicted whether it is more or less than that total score.
It is also possible to bet on what the score will be at the end of a game with the correct score bet. This bet does allow for betting on a tie at the end of the sixty minute game.
Strategies for Ice Hockey Betting
Canadian bettors can make their betting experience more profitable by betting smarter. Betting an online sportsbook should only be done at trusted and reliable sites that legally accept them and have all of the correct licenses and safety protocols.
These sites do provide fairly accurate odds for all of the betting options but in order to make the most potentially winning bets, bettors must do some research and find out recent performances and so on.
How a team performs is key to deciding whether it has good odds of winning, but any injuries or changes to player line ups can change the odds. The home team may be favoured in a game but it does not mean they are guaranteed winners. Looking at the two teams history and how they have performed against each other in the past is important too.