Following This Simple Stat Can Make You Money Betting Hockey

Sunday, February 5, 2017 6:56 PM GMT

We all know wagering on sports is no simple task and to win consistently you need the best information you can find. However, sometimes it just pays not to over think the obvious.

While great information is not always easy to find, on occasion, something falls into your lap that cannot be ignored and makes so much sense its almost laughable.

When looking over the NHL odds, there is a very telling statistic this season that stands out, the success of teams when playing even strength or 5-on-5 hockey.

What the chart below shows is goals scored and allowed and the number of positive units backing these teams has produced. (Thanks in part to sportscharts.com on 2/03/17)

 

Team

Even Strength Goals

Even Strength Goals Against

Units Won

1

Washington

130

77

8.7

2

Minnesota

132

88

11.5

3

Pittsburgh

133

100

5.8

4

Columbus

124

94

16.8

5

Montreal

115

88

3.7

6

N.Y. Rangers

132

109

4.2

7

Chicago

116

98

3.2

8

San Jose

107

93

6

 

What we find is the best teams are able to play consistently well. Being able to win or lose the special teams does matter, particularly in individual games, but having the skill to beat another team for the majority of time in most contests proves that this group of teams have better players, more line depth and can prevent the opposing teams from scoring.

Not every time, but sometimes when making NHL picks, the old K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) method certainly does work.

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