How to bet on Hockey

How To Bet On Hockey – Hockey Betting 101

Hockey ranks fourth of the major sports in terms of betting numbers but has a passionate fanbase surrounding it that may draw in the casual sports bettor looking for something different. Learning how to bet on hockey could help you enjoy betting throughout the entire long NHL season.

How to Bet on Hockey Online – Main Hockey Betting Markets

The most popular and most bet-on hockey markets is comparable to baseball, where three different betting options first appear when a customer clicks into a hockey game. There is a money line wager, a puck line wager and a total goals wager.

Money Line Hockey Wagers – Hockey Money Line Betting

For example, the Montreal Canadiens is the home team (usually listed on the bottom) and the Minnesota Wild is the road team.

The Wild is a -210 favorite, which means for every $100 the player wants to win on the Wild, he or she must risk $210. Wagering on the Canadiens with a price of +175 means the customer would win $175 for every $100 wagered.

How to Bet on Hockey – Puck Line Hockey Wagers

A hockey puck line is a goal spread and is like the run line in baseball. Puck line wagers are based on a 1.5 goal spread where bettors can either lay 1.5 goals with the favorite or take 1.5 goals with the underdog.

If the Canadiens is at +1.5 goals at odds of -145, bettors will win their wager if the Canadiens wins the game or loses by one goal. If the Wild bettors take -1.5 goals at odds of +122, he or she wins if the Wild win by more than one goal. In this scenario, a $100 wager would return $122.

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How to Bet on Hockey

Betting on Hockey – Total Goals

The total goals for the Wild vs. Canadiens is 6.5. This is the combined number of goals scored by both teams, including any overtime. By selecting the 'over', a customer will win $100 for every $135 wagered (-135 odds) if there are seven (7) or more goals scored in the game.

By selecting the 'under', a customer would win $115 for every $100 wagered (+115 odds) if there are six (6) or fewer goals scored in the game. Customers will usually find total goals lines with a half-goal involved to avoid a push scenario.

In the event of a shootout, for wagering purposes, the winner is awarded one goal, which is considered in the determination of the winner and loser and counts in the game total.

How to Bet on Hockey – 60 Minutes Hockey Betting

Like the money line market, but the difference is a draw option is included. The pricing is slightly different than money line due to the draw market being involved. This market includes only the result at the end of three (3) periods and does not include overtime.

With the additional option of the tie, the odds on either team are greater than the money line but come with that additional risk of the game going to overtime.

Additional Hockey Betting Markets

Period Hockey Betting

Each period offers the same traditional markets discussed previously in addition to prop bets attached to a certain period of the hockey game. There is a 1st period money line, 1st period puck line and 1st period total goals markets that are the same as above, only for the 1st period.

These are offered for the 2nd period and 3rd period as well. Other period markets include 1st period both teams to score, 1st period race to two (2) goals, 1st period correct score, 1st period goals odd/even and more. These additional markets are also available for the 2nd and 3rd periods.

Player Prop Hockey Markets

It's no surprise that fans like scoring and points in all sports, so it's no surprise that the 'goal' markets are one of the more popular hockey betting prop markets. Player to score a goal and who scores the 1st goal are two of the most popular.

Most of the familiar names in an NHL game will have stat props attached to them, where a customer can wager an over/under bet on their total number of goals, assists and points for a game.

For example, Mats Zuccarello over/under total points can be listed at over 1.5 (+152) and Under 1.5 (-214). Other player-driven prop hockey wagers include total power play points, total shots, total assists, total saves and if they goalie on either team will record a shutout.

Team Prop Hockey Markets

Instead of placing wagers that involve both teams, customers can wager on the results of how only one of the two teams playing performs. There are total goals market for each team that doesn't depend on the other side.

For example, a customer can wager on Wild total goals, Wild goal in each period (yes/no), Wild total goals odd/even, and more. If a customer has more interest in team-driven prop hockey wagers, there are markets such as winning margin (Wild to win by 3 goals or more, etc.), both teams to score (yes/no), 60 minutes correct score, method of victory (Wild win in 60 minutes, in overtime, or in a shootout), will there be overtime, will there be a shootout, etc.

Grand Salami Hockey Wagers

Don't like a particular game? A Grand Salami bet is essentially a totals bet on the total number of goals scored across all of the games played on a particular day.

For example, if there are eight (8) games in a day, the Grand Salami total will likely be between 40-50 goals.


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