One of the key trends to track in NHL wagering is against the spread records. Teams that tend to do the best in spread wagering in the NHL are those clubs that score aplenty and defend like demons. A high-scoring team is not a wise spread wager if they are deficient at keeping the puck out of their own net.
Remember, the spread, which is known as the puck line in hockey, is almost always 1.5 goals, so avoid playing spread wagers on teams that the statistics indicate are involved in a large number of one-goal games, especially those teams that show a propensity for playing overtime games or going to the shootout. Also, watch out for teams that show a negative goal difference in the third period, because that is a team that blows a lot of leads.
Trends are something that your should jump on while they are in motion, because you can make them pay you a handsome stipend in short order. One of the key trends to track during the season is how teams do on the total.
Here’s where high-scoring, sloppy defensive teams turn from your enemy into your friend. A team like the Chicago Blackhawks, for whom 5-4 finals are commonplace and 8-7 outcomes not out of the realm of possibility. During the 2018-19 NHL season, the Blackhawks went on a run of 16 consecutive games in which they went over the total. Had you played a $100 bet on the first of those games and rolled over your wager though all 16 games, you’d have been left with a bankroll of $1.6 million by the end of Game 16.
Dominant home teams are another trend you should track. The Boston Bruins hardly ever lose at TD BankNorth Garden. Also watch for traditional trends. For instance, the Detroit Red Wings are 1-15 in Philadelphia since the start of the 1997-98 season. The Red Wings have also lost 15 straight games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup series from the Bruins since 1958-59.