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How to bet on periods (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in hockey and NHL?

Author: americangambler | Last Updated: May 4, 2019

When betting on NHL games it is possible to narrow your focus. Rather than bet on the whole game, you can break down your wager via each period.

At PointsBet, for example, they offer a variety of moneyline markets on each of the three periods of game. You will find a moneyline, a three-way moneyline, a point spread or puck line, and a total market that includes as many as a half dozen alternate totals, including exact total goals and over/under totals goals options for both teams available to be played in each of a game’s three regulation 20-minute periods.

On each period, PointsBet also has on offer both teams to score, odd/even totals and odd/even totals for each of the two teams, total goals bands and team total goals bands, and a winning margin by team option.

One of the wonderful aspects of period wagering is that there are an abundance of statistics at your fingertips that you can draw upon to help you make your decisions on which way place your wager or wagers.

At, you can find a breakdown of goals by period for every NHL team. Here you would find that during the 2018-19 NHL campaign, the Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks were the most potent goal producers during the first period of play. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Dallas Stars were far and away the worst first-period scoring team, and the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks were also notoriously slow starters.

In the middle frame, the Washington Capitals were the team most likely to explode offensively, closely followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Ducks, Kings and New York Rangers were the weakest second-period scorers.

Third-period potency was owned by the Calgary Flames in a landslide, though the Lightning, Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets were also productive third-period teams. No so for the Ducks, Kings, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes, who brought up the rear in third-period goal scoring.

With period betting, you can also salvage a wager that’s not going your way. Say you bet the Sabres to beat the Flames, but it’s evident early that it’s Calgary’s night. A couple of successful period bets on the Flames can turn a losing night into a profitable one.