- The Grand Salami (total goals scored by all teams) for Thursday’s NHL slate is set at 53.5 goals, with the OVER holding even money odds.
- NHL teams have averaged 2.86 goals per game so far in 2021-22, a pace that would surpass the 53.5 goal mark for Thursday’s 10 game slate.
NEW YORK – One of the most interesting bets available for hockey bettors is the “Grand Salami,” which refers to an O/U bet on the total goals scored by all teams combined for the entire day of games.
For tonight’s games, the Grand Salami is set at 53.5 goals and there are 10 games on the NHL schedule to be played.
Seven of the ten games have goal totals of 5.5. Two games have goal totals of 6.5: Toronto Vs. Ottawa and Pittsburgh Vs. Florida. The other game is sandwiched in between those totals (6 goals) and features the Dallas Stars taking on the New York Rangers.
During the 2020-21 NHL season, teams averaged 2.94 goals per game, equating to 5.88 total goals per matchup. That is down slightly so far in the 2021-2022 season, with teams scoring an average of 2.86 goals per game.
From a pure averages’ standpoint, the OVER on this wager makes the most sense. If the ten-game slate maintains the current 2.86 goals per game rate, there will be a total of 57.2 goals scored and the Grand Salami will be on the OVER.
On days with 10 or more games being played in the 2020-21 NHL season, 577 goals were scored in 94 games for an average of 6.14 goals per game. Online sportsbooks were incredibly accurate with their handicapping of the grand salami for slates of 10+ games in 2020-21, with 4 going OVER and 4 going UNDER.
The 53.5 goal mark is lower than any of the grand salami totals for slates with 10 or more games from the 2020-2021 season. At last year’s 6.14 goals per game pace in 10+ game slates, the OVER would hit with relative ease.
The trends may point to the OVER but oddsmakers seem to think otherwise: the OVER currently sits at even money while the UNDER sits at (-120), leaving even more value for sports bettors to take advantage of.
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