Fantasy Hockey betting
If you're anything like me it's a long summer between hockey seasons. Following just one NHL team is not enough for me, even though my favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings. In Michigan hockey circles, the Red Wings have a cult following.
Now I follow the entire NHL during hockey season.
The introduction of Fantasy hockey to my world has certainly helped me though those Michigan winters. Now I've discovered that I have the ability not only to play fantasy hockey, but to bet on fantasy sports online.
As I write this article the NHL owners have locked out the NHL
players, forcing a work stoppage.
However, despite the shenanigans of the owners depriving me of NHL hockey for the time being, most of the hockey pundits believe that sensibility will prevail and the 2012-13 NHL season will start at some point.
Hockey fans hope it starts in time to play the NHL's signature event, the Winter Classic, scheduled this season for January 1st, 2013 in Ann Arbor pitting the Detroit Red Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a battle of original six teams.
So in the spirit of optimism for hockey this season, here are some of my prized fantasy hockey tips to help you have online betting
Federal law makes fantasy sports betting online legal according to the
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
Please verify this with your state and local authorities for any
Online betters have many choices for where to place their NHL hockey
fantasy bets online.
http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=toadand http://partners.fanduel.com/processing/clickthrgh.asp?btag=a_1724b_2 are well respected with fantasy hockey players. Weekly leagues and daily leagues are available to players.
Paid leagues as well as free leagues are also available.
Goal, assists, points, goals against, wins, save percentage are the main stats with some leagues also featuring some combination of power play goals and points, hits, shots, shorthanded goals, face-off percentage, etc. as statisticalcategories. You want to be scoring points in all featured categories to win your wagers.
Goalies are the most important position. They account for about half the points in most leagues. Remember that one poor goalie performance can ruin your goalie stats for the day or the week. Thus, important to have some goalie depth, particularly in weekly leagues. Also, goalies are streaky, not only from season to season, but from week to week.
Pay close attention to which way your goalie is trending and ride those
Try to pick players that score points in multiple categories.
A power forward that creates points in scoring categories such as hits,
goals, assists, shots, penalty minutes, and perhaps face-offs (if you have that stat) should be premium picks.
Most defensemen are not going to be big goal scorers or assist men, but they must have a spot in your line up.
If you can get a defense men that contributes in hits and penalty
minutes, you are ahead of the game.
A great way to win a category is to try and drop a penalty minute bomb on your opponent(s). A quick review of the penalty minute stats will tell you who is likely to do that.
But dig deeper. When will they drop the PIM bomb? Well
research the hated rivals of your penalty minute man.
He'll likely have a fighting major on the night those rival meet.
Hopefully he'll throw in an instigator penalty and misconduct as
Heed these tips and good luck with your fantasy hockey bets this