Who will win? If you want a simple way to bet on hockey, betting the moneyline is for you.
Your guide to hockey betting online
Few pro sports can equal the thrill that comes with hockey betting. The action is so fast paced and unpredictable that momentum changes rapidly, and even the biggest of leads doesn’t always guarantee a victory. It’s why so many people enjoy hockey betting online, so to help guide you, here’s hockey odds explained.
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The NHL (National Hockey League) was officially formed in 1917 in Montreal, but the sport’s rich history goes back even further. It’s especially popular all over the world in countries that regularly experience colder weather, with Canada, Russia and South Korea all having huge NHL fan bases.
With 82 games a season for each team – 41 home and 41 away – totaling an impressive 1,271 games (not including the postseason), there are literally hundreds of opportunities for bettors to take part in NHL hockey betting online. The league began with six franchises, known as the “Original Six,” but today there are 31 NHL teams split into two conferences.
A moneyline bet is the most common wager that hockey bettors make and can be placed on all hockey betting sites. You are simply betting on the winner of each game. The odds are centered on a $100 bet (although you can bet any amount that you wish) and are adjusted based on which team is the favorite and which team is the underdog.
Find out why betting over/unders, AKA totals betting, is an important skill for any online bettor.
Also called 'the line' or 'the spread', find out how this margin is used to handicap the favorite team.
Want bigger odds and bigger returns on your hockey bets? Then parlays are for you.
The number +1.5 refers to the underdog on the puck line. A team that is +1.5 must not lose by two or more goals for that team to cover the puck line (or spread) and win the bet. Thus, if you bet on the underdog and they lose by one goal, your bet wins. If they fall by two goals or more, your bet loses.
The spread in hockey is the same as the puck line, which is almost always set at 1.5 due to the low-scoring nature of the sport. However, some sportsbooks provide alternate spreads where the puck line is adjusted.
Yes. You can bet on college hockey, but hockey betting sites that post such bets are rare. However, college hockey lines are sometimes available during NCAA tournament play.
In hockey betting, a favorite on the puck line will be listed as a negative, usually at -1.5, meaning that team must win by at least two goals for your wager to win. In that same game, the underdog on the puck line will be listed at +1.5, meaning that team must not lose by more than two goals for your bet to win.