How to read NHL Vegas First-Period Odds
Playing first-period lines is very similar to wagering on the entire game, but it's exactly how it sounds - you cash a ticket after the first period by either selecting the favorite or the underdog. Some bettors like these wagers more than your standard full-game bets, as it's fast and furious and the action is over rather quickly.
Similar to our Puck-line and Moneyline, every contest on the board shows with the Odds, Date and Time of the National Hockey League contests for the day and/or evening.
In hockey, the Favorite and Underdogs are listed for that day's outings. The First-Period Odds will show the favorite listed with a (-), and the underdogs are indicated by a (+) symbol. Most online wagering sites, as well most betting apps and offshore sites, will do the math for you. It's a rather simply equation, however.
Carolina -125 (Bet $100 to win $80)
Florida +105 (Bet $100 to win $105)
In the above example, Carolina is listed as the favorite (-), while Florida is considered the underdog. If you are considering a bet on the Hurricanes, favored to be leading after the first 20 periods, they would return $80 on a $100 wager at minus-125. Some sportsbooks will also have the fractional odds listed, and in this particular example the Hurricanes would be a 4/5 favorite. In addition, a decimal format is occasionally listed, particularly popular overseas, and the Hurricanes would be listed at 1.8 on the big board.
With the Hurricanes considered the favorite, that would make the Panthers the underdog. Bettors receive a larger return on their initial stake. In the example above, a $100 winning wager on the Panthers would return a $205 total, which includes a total of $105 for the win and your original $100 stake. The fractional odds for the example would be 21/20, with the Panthers listed at 1.05 with the decimal conversion.
How to Read First-Period Over-Under Odds
Again, like a full three-period game, you’ll be betting the total amount of goals between both teams after one period.
Calgary vs. Winnpeg 2 o-10
In the example listed above, you would wager on the total going over two goals or under two goals. If the total number of goals after one period equals two between the two teams, it would be a push and you would simply get your stake back. If you were to select the over, and the total number of goals is three or more, you would win a total of $190.90, which includes your $90.90 win and your original $100 stake. If you selected the under, and the total of goals was zero or one, you would win a total of $190.90, which includes your $90.90 win and your $100 original stake.