With the regular season in full swing, NHL odds are regularly available for avid hockey bettors.
Although hockey can sometimes prove a fickle sport to bettors, I’ve identified two systems that have proved profitable historically.
While these systems are intrinsically correlated, they both have positive return on investments.
This system remains profitable if you eliminate the games qualifier but is more profitable in the first half.
For a bigger return on investment, I sampled NHL teams who lost by at least two goals in the previous game to account for either a blowout or an empty-net goal.
Either way, teams off a straight-up loss as a favorite are 799-507-0 (61.2%) in the subsequent game, assuming they’re a favorite, in games two through 41.
Over that span, a $100 bettor would finish up $3,059 for a 2.3% return on investment.
Remove the games qualifier, and bettors will find such teams are still 1549-981-0 (61.2%). Over that span, a $100 bettor would finish up $4,155 for a 1.6% return on investment.
This takes the above system a step further and examines how teams perform against the spread off a straight-up loss as a favorite.
Again, the system remains profitable if you eliminate the games qualifier. However, it works better in the first half.
Although teams are only 37% against the spread in this spot, a $100 bettor would finish up $6,626 for a 5.2% return on investment.
The reason? This system takes into account short moneyline favorites that also cover the puck-line.
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Nick Hennion is a senior content writer for BetMGM. His previous stops include VSiN, NBC Sports, The Action Network and Forbes Betting. He owns a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's degree from Northwestern University.