We are a little over a week away from the start of the NHL playoffs, and while we don’t yet know the opening round matchups, there are still some things to consider when putting together a betting strategy, regardless of which teams get in. The games come thick and fast in the Stanly Cup Playoffs, especially in the opening round, and it can be tempting to try and get some action going by playing every single game. That is perhaps the quickest way to having a losing run, as the playoffs in general tend to be a lot less predictable than the regular season. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to make your NHL Playoff Betting a profitable venture.
Keys to Profitable Betting on the NHL Playoffs of 2022
Don’t Rely Too Heavily on the Regular Season Results
The team that has the best overall record in the regular season is presented with the President’s Trophy, but only a small percentage of those teams go on and win the Stanley Cup. In fact, only 8 teams have ever achieved that double, which tells us that regular season success is no guarantee of a deep playoff run. The same rules apply with specific series, as some teams are better equipped for the playoffs than others. A team sweeping an opponent in the regular season does not mean that they will do the same once the postseason begins.
Be Careful with the Goal Totals
We are all well aware that the teams that go on to win the Stanley Cup often do so because they ride the hot hand of a goaltender. Defense does indeed win championships in the NHL, so we very often see less offense that we do in the regular season, especially as the playoffs progress. There are some big-scoring teams, such as the Florida Panthers, heading into the postseason this year, but they are probably going to find it tougher to score goals once we get rolling.
The Underdog at Home
While sweeps can and will happen over the course of the playoffs, it’s common for the lower seeded team to pick up at least one win on home ice. This is especially true if the lower seed heads home in an 0-2 hole. Losing Game 3 on home ice is very often a sign that we are about to witness a sweep, but we very often see those in the 0-2 hole get a desperation win in the third game of a series, and while that is no guarantee that they will win again, it can create a shift in momentum that changes the entire 7-game series.
Keep an Eye on Game 3
Every game in the playoffs is important, but there are a lot of people who believe that Game 3 is very often the pivotal game of the series. We have already talked about that with the lower seed heading home in an 0-2 hole, but Game 3 is also important for teams who head on the road with the series tied 1-1. This is particularly true of the higher seed, as that split means that they have lost home ice advantage. They feel the pressure then and want to win it back as quickly as possible, which is why this is the perfect time to play the higher seed to win.
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