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How to Place NHL Hockey Bets
There are a variety of NHL hockey bets you can place, but the most popular NHL betting wager would definitely be NHL money line betting. Other betting options include NHL over/under betting, puck line betting, prop betting and futures betting; each of which are explained in detail below.
NHL Money Line Betting
Money line betting is by far the most popular type of bet placed on NHL hockey games. With money line betting you simply select which team will win the game. The odds are displayed for each team with underdog wagers paying out more per dollar wagered than bets on the favourite. Here is a quick example using the American odds style:
Toronto Maple Leafs +150
Ottawa Senators -170
In this example the Ottawa Senators are the favourites so a wager on the Sens would pay out quite a bit less than the same wager on the Maple Leafs. You would have to bet $170 on the Senators to win $100, while a $100 bet on the Maple Leafs would win $150 ($250 payout) if they pulled off the upset.
NHL Puck Line Betting
The NHL is a very even league with parity throughout and this is the main reason that NHL puck line betting isn’t extremely popular among sports bettors. Puck line betting is similar to MLB run line betting, or NFL spread betting, in that the favourite must win by a set number of goals for a puck line bet on the favourite to payout, while the underdog must either win or lose by a set number of goals for a puck line wager on the dog to payout. In the NHL the puckline is nearly always 1.5 goals. This means the favourite must win by 2 or more goals, while the underdog must either win or lose by 1 goal. Here is an example:
Toronto Maple Leafs +1.5 (-190)
Ottawa Senators -1.5 (+160)
In this example a puck line bet on the Senators will pay out if they win by 2 or more goals, while a puck line bet on the Maple Leafs will win if they win or if they lose by 1 goal.
NHL Over Under Betting
Over/under betting does not factor in the outcome of the game. Instead over/under betting involves wagering on how many combined goals will be scored by both teams during the game. The oddsmaker will set an amount and then you can wager on whether you think the game will feature more or less goals than that set amount. For example, if the over/under is set at 6.5 goals for a game then an over bet would payout if 7 or more goals were scored, while an under bet would payout if 6 or fewer goals were tallied during the game. On rare occasions the over/under number will be set as a whole number such as 5 or 6. In these cases the over/under bets will push (be cancelled) if the game ends with that number of goals scored.
NHL Prop Betting
NHL prop bets include any wagers that are not directly affected by the outcome of the game. NHL prop bets are becoming more popular as sports bettors are becoming more interested in the details of the games. Some typical NHL prop bets could include which team will score first, which team will win the first period, which team will register more penalties, whether a player will score a goal, whether a player will register an assist, and pretty much any other basic NHL statistical category you can think of.
NHL Futures Betting
NHL futures bets include any wagers where the outcome is decided over a long period of time. Some examples of NHL futures bets include which team will finish the season with the most points, which team will win a specific playoff series and of course which team will win the Stanley Cup. Wagering on which team will win the Stanley Cup is a very popular NHL futures bet and to learn more check out our Stanley Cup betting page.