Betting on the NHL

Betting Sites by League

Hockey is one sport that bettors can find at just about every online sportsbook and bookmaker. An option of hockey betting is the National Hockey League and bettors will find that they have many betting choices when it comes to the NHL. However NHL betting is different than other sports betting so fans of the game will need to understand how to be on the sport before placing bets, if they want to make a great profit. Below is a guide on how to bet on the NHL.

Puckline (American Line)

One type of NHL betting is the Puckline. This type of wager is a bet when one team is favored over another by a goal spread which is called the puckline. The favorite will give a head start to the underdog, but only for betting purposes. The favorite of the puckline bet will be featured with a minus sign while the underdog will feature a plus sign.

The point’s amount a bettor must take or give is estimated by the amount that will be generated on both the underdog and the favorite of the game. the result of the game for this bet is determined by adding points to the underdogs score or subtracting points from the favorites score. An underdog can lose the game but win the bet for the wagerer while a favorite can win the game but lose in the bet.

Money line

Another option of NHL betting is the money line bet. This bet is a wager on a matchups between two teams. To wager on the favorite the bettor must wager more to win. This wager is similar to a goal spread but it uses a money line instead of a point spread.

Canadian Line

A combination of a puck line and moneyline is called a Canadian Line bet. Usually the Canadian Line bet is based on a twenty dollar difference in the payoff for the favorite and the underdog. If a team is favored heavily then the gap will widen between the two teams.


Another bet is the Total bet. This type of wager is a bet on whether the combined number of goals scored by the two teams in a game will be under or over the amount set by the sportsbook. For example is the combined score set by the sportsbook for both teams is 5 then bettors will place a wager on whether or not the total score will be over or under the number 5.


A parlay bet is a wager on two or more teams in the NHL. Players bet their original stake and the winnings are re-invested on the next game. all selections must be correct. If you have one loss than your parlay bet is a loss. If a goal spread tie takes place or the game is postponed or canceled then the parlay will be reduced to the next lower number.


A future bet is a bet that is placed on an NHL event or outcome of a game that is set to take place in the future. For example you may place a bet on a division win before the season starts. A prop bet is an unusual bet such as which team will score first or which player will score the most goals.

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