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Cash with the Flash FREE NHL Betting Primer




Welcome to Win Daily Sports and Cash with the Flash Bets Bets. The National Hockey League NHL) starts off its regular season this week and we’ll be here daily throughout the season helping you win Cash with the Flash.

Win Daily Sports is your one-stop-shop for all things Daily Fantasy Sports and Sports betting. We work hard around here to give you the best information so you can turn your love of sports into a profit center.

Win Daily Sports has an active section dedicated to the NHL and seasonal as well as Daily Fantasy Hockey general managers benefit greatly from the advice from our panel of experts as well as a well-manned slack channel. Gold and platinum subscribers also get expert advice from our DFS and sports betting pros.

Cash with the Flash Best Bets is daily sports betting column that you normally must pay to read, and we focus on the sports of Tennis, NBA and NCAA basketball, baseball, NFL football, and hockey.

With the NHL season beginning Wednesday, we thought we would give you an NHL Betting Primer that you can refer to throughout the season.

There are several ways to make money betting hockey and you could have a successful NHL season if you are willing to put in a little work alongside the tools we have at Win Daily. Let’s get this thing started!!

Let’s get into a few important terms you’ll be reading about daily at Cash with the Flash Best Bets;


This is the money you have on account somewhere or in your pocket if you live in a state where sports wagering is legal. Cash with the Flash has a bankroll of 100 units for hockey this season.


Think of a unit as cash and a unit is between one and five percent of your total bankroll. If you have a bankroll of $1000 dollars and divide that by two percent, each unit would be worth two dollars and a five-unit bet would cost you 10 bucks. As your bankroll increases, the unit price rises and decreases the same way during inevitable cold streaks.

Bankroll Management

You will hear this term EVERYWHERE at Win Daily Sports and Cash with the Flash Best Bets. Generally, you don’t want to wager more than five percent of your bankroll on any given contest. That’s why cappers refer to plays by “units” and not “stars”. We’ll show you how that works next.

The Money Line

This is the most popular method and one we’ll be using throughout the NHL season. Most of the books offer .20 cent lines meaning there’s a .20 cent difference between the favorite and the underdog.

Detroit +135

Las Vegas -155

If I want to play Detroit, and the capper suggests a three-unit play on Las Vegas to beat Detroit, you would need to risk 4.65 units to win three units. Playing a four-unit play or higher at -155 should rarely be done because you’ve broken the golden rule of bankroll management by going over the five percent rule.

Another thing you’d like to avoid is taking chances of playing favorites over -200 because the risk far exceeds the rewards on wagers like this. There are certainly times when these bets MUST be played but for the most part, you should avoid these wagers.

The Puck Line

It’s the same thing as the MLB run line and your sheet will look like this;

Detroit +1.5 (-220)

Las Vegas -1.5 (+240)

If you believe Las Vegas will win by two or more goals, you would need to wager one unit to win 2.4 units. The reason the favorite pays out so well is that most hockey games are one-goal affairs with 10 percent of games ending with a score of 3-2. Conversely, wagering on Detroit to cover the -1.5 goals would be unwise as it would cost 2.2 units to win just one unit.

The Total

Again, it works the same way as an MLB total and the sheet will look like this;

Detroit vs Las Vegas under 5.5 goals (-110)

Detroit vs Las Vegas over 5.5 goals (-110)

Being mindful that 10 percent of NHL games end with a 3-2 score, you will wager 1.10 unit to win one unit on the scenario you think will likely happen. You will see more five-unit plays on lines like these as an extra half unit over our five-unit max bet won’t be that costly if you don’t do it too often.

The Grand Salami

This bet is fun because the totals of every game are involved and the number on a 10-game slate will begin around 52 goals to as high as 70 goals. Usually, these bets payout at even money to has high as +1.50. Vegas Insider offers a monthly Grand Salami Tracker you can use to see what happened last season on any given night in the NHL.

 The Closing Number

Information regarding injuries and such happens all the time and that usually moves the line one way or the other.

Let’s say you laid down the -155 on Vegas to beat Detroit and at four o’clock in the afternoon word leaks that Vegas forward Max Pacioretty is ruled out. That line will likely drop to -135 or less and could close closer to -115 at faceoff. If you played Vegas at -155 you ended up on the wrong side of the line. Do that too often and you will lose in the long term.

Unless I really LOVE a line, I like to make my hockey wagers 30 minutes prior to faceoff and then later check at Pinnacle to see what the actual closing line was for that game. If I’m under the number I am a happy camper and if I’m not I know I must prepare better the next day.


Cash with the Flash Best Bets usually avoids these types of plays because of the risk involved. A parlay is a group of two or more bets (legs) and all bets must-win for the ticket to pay off. The more bets on the ticket, the more unlikely the ticket will pay off. Vegas Insider offers a free calculator for you to determine what an individual ticket should pay off if it hits.

Goaltending Matters

This is just like baseball and goaltenders are to hockey what pitchers are to baseball. Anyone handicapping a game without considering the goaltender is not doing it right and Cash with the Flash Best Bets spends more time talking about goaltending than anything else. Corsica is the best free advanced stats website and their goaltending stats are the best in the business.

Try and avoid stats like goals-against averages and wins and stick to stats like Expected Save Percentage (xSV%), Delta Save Percentage (dSV%) and Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA) as truer indicators of how a goaltender is really doing. Corsica Hockey has all these stats and more and totally FREEat their amazing site.

That’s about all I have for you today. Cash with the Flash Best Bets NHL will begin this Wednesday morning and will be available on if you subscribe to Win Daily Sports.

Just over a month into this column, subscribers have enjoyed enough profits to pay their subscription fee for the next three years and that’s just one twice daily column. Win Daily Sports has so much more to offer and you can get it all for $19.99 per month.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!


Phil "Cash with Flash" Naessens hosts the Phil Naessens Show and This Week in Tennis. Phil was formerly a sports handicapper of three years at Winners and Whiners, Racing Dudes, and Stat Salt. Phil’s work has been showcased on several SB Nation websites, Win Daily Sports, FanSided, BetQl, Creative Sports 2, FanTrax, Fantasy Team Advice as well as many others. In addition to his writing, Phil has been a featured guest on Sirius XM, ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Radio Europe, Armed Forces Radio as well as several local radio and TV spots in the Cleveland Area. Phil is a semi-retired high-performance tennis coach and still teaches at camps and clinics worldwide, including Brookwood Sports Academy in Glen Spey, New York where he is the current Director of Tennis.

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