NHL totals betting is an exciting way to wager on the sport. Hockey is a very volatile sport, and a sports betting software solution can place each side at plus money. However, it will depend on various factors.
The most effective approach to root for the hockey game itself, or specifically against defenders and goalies, if you don’t want to support one team, is to place an over/under wager.
In hockey, the most typical totals are 5.5, 6, and 6.5. However, you may occasionally see a 5 or 7. NHL clubs averaged 3.14 goals scored, and 3.00 goals surrendered per game in 2021–2022. Thus, teams often scored 2-4 goals.
If you wager on over in a game with a goal total of 6.5, both sides must score a minimum of seven goals. The under is the exact opposite. Both teams need to achieve a total of six goals.
NHL Totals Betting Guide
There may be no victors or losers when a goal total is set at a whole number.
Consider placing an over/under wager on a game with a total set at 6.
The wager would be a “push” if the final scores were 6-0, 5-1, 4-2, or 3-3. Thus, your wager and the wagers of everyone else who placed a total bet on that game would be returned.
There are 60 minutes of regulation 5-on-5 play in an NHL game. A three-on-three sudden-death extra phase of five minutes will begin if the score is still tied after the third quarter. In the conclusion of that, if still, neither team has scored, the victor will be determined by a shootout.
How does this impact the total, then?
The game-winning score, which counts toward the total goals, is given to the victor in overtime or the shootout.