Ice Hockey is popular across America, and it isn’t hard to see why. No other sport offers the breathtaking excitement and intense grittiness to be found on the rink. If you’re a die-hard Hockey lover looking to make the experience even more compelling, Ice Hockey Betting is the way to go.
Of course, you don’t want to dive into wagering without knowing a bit about the basics. Luckily, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about Hockey Odds, Hockey Lines, and Hockey Betting so you can get started betting the smart way.
If you want to do some Hockey Betting, the first thing you need to do is find the best odds. Here at Oddschecker we’ve got you covered with fresh, up-to-date odds from all the most popular and trusted bookmakers.
To view the odds for the National Hockey League, head over to the NHL matches section and select your desired competition. You’ll be able to see the Ice Hockey Odds from different bookmakers laid out before you in a clear manner so you can choose the most profitable lines with ease and confidence.
If you’re not sure who to bet on, our team of sports experts delivers up-to-date picks and expert advice on the daily. Check out our NHL picks section to read up on industry favorites and see which jawdropping twists and turns the season is likely to take.
Once you’re armed with the knowledge you need about your favorite teams, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of Ice Hockey Betting. Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few options when it comes to choosing bets. You can wager on everything from who will score the most goals in a game to which team will win the Stanley Cup.
The most popular and exciting wagers include betting on the winner, the total number of goals scored overall, and the margin of points by which the game is won. It’s a good idea to have a deeper understanding of each type of bet before you make a wager.
Also known as the Money Line bet, the winner bet is simply a bet on who will win the game. If your chosen team wins, you win. Sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Bookmakers don’t pay out even money on these bets, since oftentimes the winner is an obvious favorite. You’ll need to take a look at the odds to determine how much you stand to win. The Ice Hockey Lines will look something like this:
Toronto Maple Leafs: -180
Minnesota Wild: +190
The odds are easy to read once you get the hang of them. Think of the (-) sign as a negative handicap that bookmakers put onto the favorite, and the (+) as a positive handicap placed on the underdog. If you think of the numbers as a bet/win ratio in relation to $100, you’ll understand them in no time flat.
To win $100 betting on the Maple Leafs in this example, you’d have to wager $180. In contrast, if you were to bet just $100 on the Minnesota Wild, you’d receive a whopping $190 in winnings. In both cases, you would also receive your original stake money back along with your winnings.
Betting on the underdog can be a profitable way to wager because you risk less money for potentially more reward. Betting on the favorite is generally safer, but you risk more money and win less.
The Total Goals or Over/Under bet is a wager made on the total number of goals scored in the game. The bookmaker will set their own prediction of a specific number of goals, and you will choose whether there will be more or less goals scored than this. The Hockey Lines will look something like this:
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Minnesota Wild
Over 6.5 (-120)
Under 6.5 (-110)
Most of the time, the goals are set at a decimal point. Since a team can’t score half a goal, the decimal point acts as a buffer and prevents a push. If you bet over 6.5 in the game and there are 7 goals scored, you would win because the total number of goals scored is over 6.5.
The Points Spread bet requires your team of choice to win by a specific number of goals. Bookmakers will assign a ‘points spread’, which is basically a margin indicating the number of goals each team must score for you to win. Using a spread of 1.5 as an example for both teams, the Hockey Lines will look something like this:
Toronto Maple Leafs: +1.5 (-180)
Minnesota Wild: -1.5 (+190)
In this example, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorite. If you bet on them, the (+1.5) spread indicates that they would have to win the game by 2 or more goals for you to win you bet. If you bet on the Minnesota Wild, their (-1.5) spread means that they must not lose by more than 2 goals or win outright in order for you to win the bet.
You can bet on larger or smaller spreads for each team, depending on how you think the game will go. It’s good to have some knowledge of the teams’ recent history and players before you get started, because this knowledge can be invaluable when making your predictions.
One of the most exciting times for Hockey Betting is in the months leading up to the Stanley Cup and the dramatic days surrounding it. This iconic championship series is held at the end of the traditional season, generally around the beginning of April.
If you can’t wait to wager on the most thrilling tournament of the season, check out our Stanley Cup outright for the best Hockey odds out there. Here you’ll see odds on which teams are gearing up to take the victory.
Now that you know the basics of Ice Hockey Betting, you’re ready to set out on the road to redemption in the rink. You’ll be able to bet with ease and confidence using our resources, so why not go ahead and get started betting today? After all, the odds could be in your favor.
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