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NHL Bye Weeks Could be Leading to Higher Scores

Finding an edge in hockey betting can occasionally be tough and most of the time that it results in a blown tire plus a comprehensive yard sale. There are, however, a few tendencies that seem to keep true year in and year out and I’ve identified one in respect to NHL scoring that I believe could be advantageous to TV ratings and, even more importantly, to a sportsbook account.
The trend I am speaking of is that scoring goes up — way up — when teams get remainder. Last night, the first slate following the all-star match, was a microcosm of the as we saw that a total of 99 goals scored in 14 games. That is over seven goals per game, and also an OVER/UNDER record of 11-2-1. That crazy night closed out a month that saw a significant growth in scoring which raised the NHL goals per match league average to 5.46 and watched teams article a 185-162-31 OVER/UNDER record — a six per cent growth in OVERs in the previous months.
A possible reason for this boost in scoring is the recently instituted bye weeks. The NHL realized that scoring started to dip in January due to the extreme schedule that its players were exposed to and wanted to do something to curb the tendency. It’s a well-established actuality that when scoring goes down, so do ratings, and also this bye week is a simple way to get players rested up a little to give that scoring the little boost it requires from the dog days of the NHL season without making a fundamental change to the rule book. These bye weeks will conclude at the end of the month and that I think you will almost instantly see scoring go back down to normal.
A few teams to aim on the OVER right are the Wild, Capitals, Blackhawks, Penguins, Stars, Jets and Blues. Throughout the month of January, those groups combined for a 62-22-8 OVER/UNDER record and should simply continue to do harm on the scoresheet in another month or so. 1 thing you may notice is that all of these teams come in the Central and Metropolitan divisions. These are the two highest-scoring divisions in hockey and it’s not close.
Something to watch out for is a change in NHL totals. Books are slow to adjust NHL lines and if they dothey probably already missed the tendency or are attempting to convince you to bet one way or another. When your book begins throwing out totals of 6 and 6.5, err on the side of caution and possibly avoid those games completely. Nevertheless, you should hammer the OVER if you see some of those teams I mentioned previously get a total of 5 5.5 until the present scoring tendency stops.
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