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In the KHL, the favorites for the season are known in advance; in the NHL it's different. For example, in the middle of the 2018/19 regular season, St. Louis was in last place in the Western Conference, but eventually made it to the playoffs, where it managed to win the Stanley Cup. If you play without a strategy, then online betting on hockey is not an easy thing to do. Let's look at 5 effective hockey betting strategies.

Outsider betting strategy in hockey

In KHL or NHL regular season games, bet on the outsider's victory taking into account OT and shootouts, if the following factors coincide:

  • Outsider is playing a home game.
  • The Outsider has been rested for at least two days.
  • The favorite is playing its second game in two days.
  • The Outsider has won at least half of its home games of the season.
  • The favorite is missing 1-2 first-tier players.

Strategy on TB 1.5 in the second period

We bet on the NHL regular season match for a total of more than 1.5 in the second period in the case if:

  • In the opening period, the teams scored less than two pucks.
  • In the opening period, the teams have scored at least 20 shots on goal.
  • In previous games of the season, the opponents have scored at least one-third of the pucks in the second 20-minute period.
  • In the last head-to-head game, a bet on TB 1.5 in the second period turned out to be a winning one.
  • The best scorers of the teams are not injured.

Betting strategy on TB in the third period

Place a bet that the teams will score in the third period of KHL and NHL games if:

  • At the end of the third period, one of the teams wins with a difference of one puck.
  • The opponents did not score the number of pucks, which the bookmakers expected.
  • The odds are at least 2.00.

Overtaking on a draw in a period

Dogon is a betting strategy in which the amount or odds of the next bet increases so that you cover the cost of losing bets and come out in the plus.

The formula is: S = (C P) / (K - 1), where:

  • S is the size of the bet;
  • C - the amount of bets you lost;
  • P - desired profit;
  • K - coefficient.

Place a bet on the draw in the first period. If the bet does not pass, we bet on this outcome until the victory. If there is no draw in the first match, we proceed to the second match, continuing to play by the strategy of catch-up.


A fork is two bets on opposite outcomes of the same event, in which a trader stays in the black regardless of the result.

For example, in an NHL match, the teams "Pittsburgh Penguins" and "St. Louis Blues" meet. One bookmaker's office estimates the probability of Pittsburgh's victory with OT at odds of 2.03, and the other bookmaker's office estimates the St. Louis' victory at odds of 2.06.

Let's say we bet $10,000 each on these two outcomes at different betting shops. That is, we bet a total of $20,000.

  • Pittsburgh win: 10 000 * 2.03 = 20 300. Net profit is $300.
  • Victory for St. Louis: 10 000 * 2.06 = 20 600. Net profit - $ 600.

Do not forget that playing on the forks is against the rules of bookmakers - the forkists block the account.