Hockey betting: First-period wagering, early trends and other tips

Philipp Grubauer is off to a surprisingly slow start for the Kraken. Steph Chambers/Getty Images

NHL games can be incredibly entertaining, but let's be honest: They do require an investment of time. If your wager requires you to wait around until the final score, you can push three hours of investment if the thing goes to a shootout.

That's why wagers made on the first period of games offer instant gratification and, in many cases, more predictability than wagers made on the full game.