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How To Bet on NHL Hockey
There are a variety of options for betting NHL hockey and we will go over them all below. The most popular types of NHL betting are moneyline betting (betting which team will win) and total or over/under betting (betting on how many goals will be scored). Another popular hockey betting option is puck line betting which is explained in full below as well.
NHL Money Line Betting
Money line betting is the most common type of NHL betting, and it is very easy to understand. Money line betting is simply picking which team you think will win the game. The odds are set for each team, with the team favored to win obviously paying out less than the underdogs, and you will just need to place a bet on which team you think will win.
In the screenshot above you can see the money line odds listed for an NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. Both teams are listed at -110 odds, making this game a “pick em price”. With either selection here you will need to risk $110 for every $100 you want to win.
NHL Over Under Betting
Over under betting is used in a lot of sports, and involves betting on the total number of goals scored by both teams combined. The oddsmakers will set a number or game total in which the bettors must chose for the total number of goals scored by both teams to go over or under that set number. For example, the oddsmaker could set the number at 5.5 and then bettors could bet on there being six or more goals scored combined (the over) or five or less goals scored (the under). Sometimes the number is set an even number, such as 6, and if the combined score added up to 6 the bet is cancelled, and all bets would be refunded.
Above is an example of the over/under or total for NHL hockey. In this game we can see the total is set at 5 goals. You can either choose there to be over 5 total goals scored with -135 odds (o5 means over 5 goals) or you can choose under 5 total goals with +115 odds. If the game were to finish 3-2 and a total of 5 goals scored all bets would be refunded (also known as a “push”).
NHL Puck Line Betting
The lesser known type of NHL betting is called puck line betting, and is very similar to MLB run line betting. The team which is favored is given a 1.5 “spread” in which they must cover in order to win the puck line bet. A bet on the favored team means they must win by 2 or more goals in order for the bet to win, while a bet on the underdog team means that the underdogs can either lose by only one goal or win the game outright in order for the bet to win.
In this screenshot you will see the puck line (referred to as the spread at this betting site). With the money line being set at -110 on either side the odds makers have this game going either way. Because Detroit is the home team they are given the -1.5 puck line with large +270 odds. If you bet on Detroit on the puck line you would be betting on them to win by 2 or more goals. If they did you would be winning $270 for every $100 bet. The Blackhawks are listed at +1.5 with -330 odds meaning you would have to risk $330 to win $100 betting on Chicago +1.5. If you were to bet on Chicago on the puck line they could lose 3-2 and still win your puck line bet as they are getting a goal.
Puck line betting is a little tougher to understand, but I’m sure you’ve got it figured out now. This is a good way to bet on a team that is heavily favored that you think will win by a few goals. It is also good if you want to bet on a big underdog, as they can lose by 1 goal and still cash your wager at a good price.
Prop Betting for NHL Hockey
NHL prop betting involves betting on anything that doesn’t have to do with the final outcome of the hockey game. Prop betting is done in the regular season, but is more popular in the NHL playoffs. Common types of prop bets for the NHL include betting on individual player performances, period scores, or team to score first.
Prop bets can also include future bets, which are bets on future outcomes. The most popular NHL future prop bet is betting on which team you think will win the Stanley Cup. Throughout the off season, regular season and playoffs, sportsbooks will offer lines on each team, giving bettors the chance to bet on teams to win the Cup. You can also bet on individual playoff series, which team will win each Conference, and even which team wins each NHL division in the regular season.