NHL betting is unlike many other kinds of betting because the sport is much more violent and
passionate than many of the other sports out there. This is not to imply that tennis is not played with
intensity or that football players don't care about the game. It's just that in no other team sport are the
players encourage to beat each other out on the rink.
At some point in an ice hockey betting scenario, the outcome is going to come down to emotion. There will
be two men staring into each other's eyes with a biting hatred, waiting for the referee to make his decision.
The man will deliberate and then blow his whistle, sending one or both of them off to the penalty box
for violent conduct. Teams will be short handed and odds will get long in a hurry.
It's this element of emotion that makes hockey bets so exciting. Rugby certainly has personal fouls of
the same extremity, but rugby lads are known for black eyes. The hockey crowd is missing it's teeth. There
are concussions, broken noses, bruised ribs . . .all in a sport where they are all wearing helmets and pads!
NHL betting also has the added complication of the players union. The union can choose to go on strike
at anytime, making layered bets for tournaments an iffy proposition. Also, strike years typically are
characterized by a massive shift of players, making learning the strengths and weaknesses of each team something
that has to be a constant process.
Additionally, hockey bets can be placed on multiple leagues. The NHL is one of the most famous
leagues, and pays some of the best salaries. Yet the European and Russian leagues are not to be sniffed at in the
least. During strike years as well favourites from NHL teams mix up the ice hockey betting by
swapping themselves to European and Russian teams to keep up their playing time.
When making a hockey bet, therefore, all these elements need to be taken into consideration. Popular
hockey bets are for straight winners, lay bets on losers in tournaments and spread bets on the
score. The spread hockey bet usually focuses in on the minute of score, as the low number of goals makes
a traditional spread bet a relatively profitless venture. All of the hockey bets should be placed in
advance but adjusted by period, penalty and bracket, making this a very engaging way to do one's sports investing.
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