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NHL playoffs and Stanley Cup explained

Want to know how the NHL playoffs and Stanley Cup format works? We've broken it down for you with a comprehensive explainer. Our NHL playoff breakdown covers everything from home advantage and fixture dates to seedings and the format for the final. So if you are new to NHL betting and don't feel entirely comfortable making Stanley Cup picks yet, see our Stanley Cup explainer here.

NHL odds explained

The best NHL sportsbooks will always present their odds in the same format. When it comes to NHL betting lines, the favorite in the game is represented by the minus sign (-), while the less favored team, or underdog, is represented by the plus sign (+). Just like every other sport, NHL odds are normally based around bettors wagering $100.

After studying the NHL betting lines, bettors can chose team A, or team B to win the game. This is known as moneyline betting. For example, if you backed the Edmonton Oilers to win a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at odds of +110, a $100 bet on that selection would return $110 on top of your stake.

Looking for today's best expert NHL picks?

Our NHL expert picks today will help you make the best decisions when betting on the NHL regular season and when making Stanley Cup picks and predictions. All of our hockey handicappers have years of experience and their NHL picks and predictions for tonight are based on priceless industry knowledge gathered through researching and selecting expert NHL picks in all of the biggest hockey games throughout the season. When selecting their NHL picks, our handicappers consider form, the location of the game, historic results between both teams and the value of each preferred bet to make sure your NHL predictions have the best chance of winning.

Free expert NHL moneyline picks

We've got the best NHL moneyline picks today to ensure you get the most value out of your bet. Our handicappers have honed their skills at NHL moneyline betting over the years by picking winners in the biggest hockey games of the season. When making your NHL moneyline picks, make sure you follow the advice of our experts.

Free expert NHL picks against the spread for today’s games

Making successful NHL picks against the spread is one of the most satisfying ways to win a bet. Winning NHL point spread bets involves picking a team to win the hockey game after starting with a goal deficit or goal advantage. Our experienced handicappers use years of experience to make NHL expert picks against the spread for tonight's games.

Darcy Kuemper (35) makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17)

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn. - © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Free NHL over/under picks – NHL totals picks

Betting on NHL over/under picks predictions could not be easier. With an NHL over/under bet, you are not picking one team to score a certain number of goals or to win, you are picking whether both teams will score more or less goals combined than a given number - that's the beauty of hockey over/under predictions. The over/under is normally set between 5 and 8 goals in the NHL, and almost always splits a whole number. Our handicappers use years of experience to make their expert NHL over/under picks.

Puck line betting explained

Spread betting in hockey is similar to betting the spread in other sports but is commonly referred to as the “puck line”.

The favorite in each game must win by a certain number of goals, set by a sportsbook, for your wager to win. This is indicated with a minus sign, followed by the number of goals. So if a team is -1.5, for example, they must win by two or more goals for you to win your bet. The underdog must avoid losing by two or more goals for your wager to win. This is indicated with a plus sign (+1.5).

While spreads can vary wildly in sports like football or basketball, the puck line in hockey is usually set at 1.5 for every game, with rare exceptions.

Grand Salami NHL betting

A Grand Salami gets its nickname from baseball but is another type of wager that you can make when hockey betting online. This involves betting on the over or under of total goals scored on a particular day in the NHL. It’s just like betting a total, only with a higher number involved. Unlike a parlay, you don’t need the total to hit in every specific game, just altogether, so you’re never out of it until the very end.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) in action at the Canadian Tire Centre Ⓒ Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) moves him off the crease in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Pic: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

NHL prop betting

Prop betting refers to hockey odds that don’t involve the outcome of the game. Instead, prop bets are a way to increase your bankroll by wagering on the performance of certain players or which team will score the most goals in a particular period, for example.

NHL first period betting

A first period bet is exactly how it sounds. This involves hockey odds on everything from the number of goals in the first period to which team will be leading after one period of play. You can even bet on a tie, if you choose.

Free expert parlay hockey picks today

Looking for some free NHL parlay picks today? Our handicappers use years of betting experience to predict the winners of the biggest and best hockey games. For their NHL picks and parlays, they will study recent form and use their knowledge to make their choice.

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Live betting on the NHL

Just because an NHL game is underway doesn’t mean you can’t still place a bet on the best NHL betting sites. Live betting provides hockey fans with a way to add to their bankroll, betting as the action takes place. Many bettors prefer live betting because it allows them to take advantage of shifting odds as events in a game unfold.

For example, if you take the NHL lines and have a pregame bet on the favorite, but that team is trailing after one period, you might bet again on the same team because you still believe they will win. However, because they are losing when you place your second wager, you get longer odds and better value.

NHL odds

Moneyline
Spread
Total
Odds Settings
Game
Feb 9, 23 @ 1:00 AM UTC
Vancouver
Vancouver @
NY Rangers
NY Rangers
Feb 9, 23 @ 1:30 AM UTC
Minnesota
Minnesota @
Dallas
Dallas
Feb 28, 23 @ 12:00 AM UTC
Detroit
Detroit @
Ottawa
Ottawa

Odds updated: Feb 8, 6:53 AM UTC

NHL
2/9/2023, 1:00 AM
Vancouver
Vancouver @
NY Rangers
NY Rangers
NHL
2/9/2023, 1:30 AM
Minnesota
Minnesota @
Dallas
Dallas
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:00 AM
Calgary
Calgary @
Detroit
Detroit
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:00 AM
Edmonton
Edmonton @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:00 AM
San Jose
San Jose @
Florida
Florida
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:00 AM
Colorado
Colorado @
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:00 AM
Seattle
Seattle @
New Jersey
New Jersey
NHL
2/10/2023, 12:30 AM
Vancouver
Vancouver @
NY Islanders
NY Islanders
NHL
2/10/2023, 1:00 AM
Vegas
Vegas @
Minnesota
Minnesota
NHL
2/11/2023, 12:00 AM
Seattle
Seattle @
NY Rangers
NY Rangers
NHL
2/11/2023, 12:00 AM
Toronto
Toronto @
Columbus
Columbus
NHL
2/11/2023, 1:30 AM
Arizona
Arizona @
Chicago
Chicago
NHL
2/11/2023, 3:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
Anaheim
Anaheim
NHL
2/11/2023, 5:00 PM
Vancouver
Vancouver @
Detroit
Detroit
NHL
2/11/2023, 5:30 PM
NY Islanders
NY Islanders @
Montreal
Montreal
NHL
2/11/2023, 5:30 PM
Edmonton
Edmonton @
Ottawa
Ottawa
NHL
2/11/2023, 5:30 PM
Calgary
Calgary @
Buffalo
Buffalo
NHL
2/11/2023, 5:30 PM
Nashville
Nashville @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
NHL
2/11/2023, 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay @
Dallas
Dallas
NHL
2/11/2023, 8:30 PM
Washington
Washington @
Boston
Boston
NHL
2/11/2023, 11:00 PM
Colorado
Colorado @
Florida
Florida
NHL
2/12/2023, 12:00 AM
Columbus
Columbus @
Toronto
Toronto
NHL
2/12/2023, 12:00 AM
NY Rangers
NY Rangers @
Carolina
Carolina
NHL
2/12/2023, 1:00 AM
New Jersey
New Jersey @
Minnesota
Minnesota
NHL
2/12/2023, 1:00 AM
Arizona
Arizona @
St. Louis
St. Louis
NHL
2/12/2023, 3:00 AM
Chicago
Chicago @
Winnipeg
Winnipeg
NHL
2/12/2023, 3:30 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
NHL
2/12/2023, 5:30 PM
Edmonton
Edmonton @
Montreal
Montreal
NHL
2/12/2023, 6:00 PM
Seattle
Seattle @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
NHL
2/12/2023, 6:30 PM
San Jose
San Jose @
Washington
Washington
NHL
2/12/2023, 8:00 PM
Anaheim
Anaheim @
Vegas
Vegas
NHL
2/14/2023, 12:30 AM
Calgary
Calgary @
Ottawa
Ottawa
NHL
2/14/2023, 1:00 AM
Florida
Florida @
Minnesota
Minnesota
NHL
2/14/2023, 1:00 AM
Arizona
Arizona @
Nashville
Nashville
NHL
2/14/2023, 3:00 AM
Detroit
Detroit @
Vancouver
Vancouver
NHL
2/14/2023, 3:30 AM
Buffalo
Buffalo @
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
NHL
2/15/2023, 12:00 AM
Carolina
Carolina @
Washington
Washington
NHL
2/15/2023, 12:00 AM
Chicago
Chicago @
Montreal
Montreal
NHL
2/15/2023, 12:30 AM
New Jersey
New Jersey @
Columbus
Columbus
NHL
2/15/2023, 12:30 AM
Ottawa
Ottawa @
NY Islanders
NY Islanders
NHL
2/15/2023, 1:00 AM
Seattle
Seattle @
Winnipeg
Winnipeg
NHL
2/15/2023, 1:00 AM
Florida
Florida @
St. Louis
St. Louis
NHL
2/15/2023, 1:30 AM
Boston
Boston @
Dallas
Dallas
NHL
2/15/2023, 2:00 AM
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay @
Colorado
Colorado
NHL
2/15/2023, 3:30 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
San Jose
San Jose

Last updated: Feb 8, 6:48 AM UTC

NHL standings

East
West
  • Division
  • Atlantic
  • Metropolitan
  • All Divisions
Atlantic GP W L Otl Sol Pts G GA Home Away Ats OU
1 Boston Boston 46 39 7 2 3 83 192 111 22-1-1-2 17-6-1-1 33-18 22-24
2 Toronto Toronto 44 31 13 7 1 70 175 141 20-5-3-1 11-8-4-0 21-31 22-28
3 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay 48 32 16 1 1 66 179 152 20-4-1-1 12-12-0-0 23-27 23-19
4 Buffalo Buffalo 46 26 20 3 1 56 186 170 11-13-2-0 15-7-1-1 28-22 26-22
5 Florida Florida 47 25 22 5 1 56 185 184 14-7-2-1 11-15-3-0 21-32 30-18
6 Ottawa Ottawa 47 24 23 3 0 51 151 159 14-11-1-0 10-12-2-0 28-22 19-31
7 Detroit Detroit 41 21 20 5 3 50 147 165 12-11-1-2 9-9-4-1 23-26 22-26
8 Montreal Montreal 47 20 27 4 0 44 134 189 11-14-1-0 9-13-3-0 26-25 20-27

Last updated: Feb 8, 6:08 AM UTC

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