Profiting by Betting on NHL Totals
The Basics of NHL Game Total BettingGenerally, betting on NHL totals entails wagering on whether the total goals scored in a game by both teams will go OVER or UNDER the number set by Oddsmakers. Nearly 98% of all totals in NHL games are set at either 5.5 or 5, given the low-scoring nature of NHL games. Sportsbooks can, however, adjust the NHL total odds to either of the sides, depending on the scoring tendencies of the teams involved in a given game. Considering most games have the lines set at these static numbers, it is extremely important to study the frequency of games that end with more than 5 goals, less than 5 goals or exactly 5 goals. Based on statistics compounded from several research quarters over the recent years, these are the general trends when it comes to NHL totals:
- Roughly less than one third of the time, we have games ending with less than 5 goals, translating to around 30% payouts.
- A healthy percentage of games, over 40%, end with 6 or more goals, meaning OVER bets tend to cash out quite well, especially during the regular seasons.
- Around 25% of games end with exactly 5 goals, translating to chances of around 1 in every 4 games.
- During the playoffs, teams tend to play more defensively, often leading to low-scoring games of 5 or less goals.