This bet is farily self explanatory. It is in fact just like it sounds to be – you are wagering on the scorer of the last goal of the game. On the surface, it sounds like an easy wager. You go to a sportsbook such as the Golden Nugget and you place on who will get the last goal of the game.
If you simply place a team bet on the last goal, you’ll have a 50-50 chance of winning. Either the team you bet on will tally the last goal, or the other team will. Case closed.
But you can take the last goal wager to an extreme and much more challenging level by trying to figure out who – as in which player – will tally the last goal of the game. Now you are talking about a one-in-36 chance, because each team suits up 18 skaters.
But wait a minute, seven goaltenders have also scored by shooting the puck the length of the ice into an empty net and in each case, it was the last goal of the game. Sure, it hasn’t happened since Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes tallied against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 13, 2013, but in each case, these tallies were the last goal scored in the game. So, albeit a really long shot, there’s always the chance that an opportunistic netminder might through a monkey wrench into your last goal wager.
The empty net itself is often a deal breaker in a last goal wager. While the fact of the matter is that you can probably eliminate some players and narrow your focus on a last goal scorer when there’s a goaltender to be beaten, once the netminder is pulled, all bets are off. And frequently in these scenarios, teams defending a lead will send their best checkers over the boards. These are fellows who generally don’t provide a lot of offense, so you probably wouldn’t consider them a wise option in a last-goal wager.
This can be a very tough bet to win, but if you do hit on a last goal wager, the odds are that you will collect a very handsome payday.