Looking to bet on NHL? Here you can find the top NHL Bookies, Betting Tips and Game predictions.
|In Canada, the majority of NHL betting sites will display ‘The Money Line’ prominently. This is the chance of each team winning the match.
There are several ways in which the odds can be displayed. Most online sportsbooks will offer customers the chance to select the format of their odds. The US format is often default for example ‘+110’ OR ‘-120’.
This is the equivalent of 11/10 or 5/6 in fractional odds. These odds will often favour the home team particularly during the regular season.
For example – if the Vancouver Canucks are priced at -120 against the Toronto Maple Leafs who are +110’, the Canucks are the favourites for the match. If you placed a $20 wager on the Canucks to win and they were successful, you’d receive $36.66 in return. $16.66 profit + $20 stake.
For example – If you’ve backed Montreal Canadiens -1.5 Point Spread and the match finished 6-3 in their favour, you’ll win! Take -1.5 from their total points (6) which becomes 4.5-3 and they’re still in front. It’s the equivalent of suggesting a team will win by a large margin. Whilst the +1.5 Spread is the equivalent of suggesting a team won’t be beaten heavily and it’ll be a close contest. They are giving up two goals and you’re predicting that they’ll still come out on top.
This is also known as the ‘Puck Line’ by other Canadian Sportsbooks or simply ‘Spread Betting’.
Other markets to explore include Game Totals. The strategy here is to predict how many goals will feature between the two sides.
You can simply observe how potent sides have been in the Championship lately or whether these sides traditionally play a tight and cagey affair or a high-scoring end to end match whenever they meet. The odds are often quite similar for these bets which regularly produces enticing prices.
The Vancouver Canucks are facing the Calgary Flames and you believe it will an open contest. You can place a bet on the Game Totals market – Over 5.5
It ends 4-2 to the Canucks, there have been 6 goals and it’s a successful wager.
The line is usually set at Over 5.5/Under 5.5. It’s always advised to check the rules of the individual sportsbook, but they often don’t include any penalty shootouts or overtime.
There are a number of other betting opportunities which the bettor may wish to wager on. These include:
Those who follow the NHL on a weekly basis will find more joy than those who only become interested during the play-offs.
However, it’s always best to explore the wealth of markets available.
BettingTop10’s advice would be to search around for the best possible odds when placing a wager. Many Sportsbooks will offer enhanced odds ahead of big events such as the play-offs or the Stanley Cup.
NHL is the number one sport throughout Canada and during the off-season many sports fans will already be anticipating the forthcoming season.
NHL Futures is a great way to keep an interest when there is no action. Ahead of each season odds are compiled for the forthcoming campaign. NHL Futures allows bettors the chance to predict which side will win the Stanley Cup as well as markets for teams to win their respective conference titles. These are often tempting big prices and regularly go down to the final match of the season.
Often these will be priced based on the form of the previous season and the recent history in the competition.
There are 30 teams involved in the action each season with 7 of those based in Canada. Since 2013 the teams have been divided into Eastern and Western Conferences in order to avoid too many lengthy commutes during the regular campaign.
Most bookmakers have markets available pre-match in which you can bet on a game to end in a shootout. There will also be betting in-play opportunities which is becoming increasingly popular with NHL bettors. This allows customers to wager based on what has happened already.
For example if you’ve had a pre-match wager on Montreal Canadians but they aren’t playing well, you can back the opposition once the match has started. The odds will be significantly smaller on the team who are winning, but games can turn around quickly and this can prove profitable to those with patience.
The pinnacle of the Ice Hockey season is the Stanley Cup play-offs which run from April until June.
The top three teams in each conference automatically qualify for these and are joined by the remaining two teams with the highest number of points throughout the regular season.
These take a best of 7 match format with the losers eliminated from proceedings.
The team positioned highest in the conference will get home advantage, hosting the first two matches on their own rink.
The sides will eventually be whittled down to just two with the NHL Stanley Cup final one of the most-watched events of the year across Canada and the USA. It’s one of the biggest betting heats of the year with many bookmakers and sportsbook pricing up next year’s contest shortly after the conclusion.
There are no conclusive ways of ensuring success when betting on NHL. It takes patience, commitment and hard work. There a number of bettors who make a living from wagering on sports, but it’s always a risky process.