NHL 1st Period Betting Strategies
Well, folks, hockey season is back and that means it’s time to talk about my favorite bet in all sports — the NHL 1st Period Under. Baseball has the NRFI (No Runs In The First Inning), but hockey fans have twenty minutes to sweat out every shot on goal that happens in the opening frame. It is electric.
To start, know that the 1st Period Over/Under is more often than not set at 1.5.
The first period is typically an introduction to how the final 40 minutes of a game will play out. As a former player, let me tell you that the first period was always my least favorite, especially if it’s the second game of a back-to-back. There is always a feeling-out process and an adjustment window for getting yourself into the game. Everyone is different, but I always felt better as the game went on.
With all of that said, there are a ton of factors that go into betting a 1st Period Under. For example, you need to take into account how many games a team has played in that week, their travel schedule, whether the starter or backup will be in the blue paint, if the specific team is better at home or on the road, and most importantly, if it’s a back-to-back.