How To Bet On NHL

Betting on the NHL is certainly more challenging today, but it also offers the potential to be vastly more rewarding to the astute wagerer. Gone are the days of 50-loss teams, of 65-point playoff teams. With 30 teams battling for just 16 playoff positions, every game is essential, every point is vital. A six or seven-game losing streak can prove fatal and even a two-or-three game slide can jeopardize a playoff spot. [+]

That’s why doing your homework and knowing your teams is essential to succeed when betting on the NHL. Be aware of teams that hold hoodoos over other clubs, consistently beating them like a drum no matter their respective positions in the standings. Know who is injured, who is on a scoring streak and recognize trends. As the season wears, follow closely which teams are the best at keeping the puck out of their net because as the league gets into the stretch drive and games tighten up, teams that know how to protect a lead are the teams that play winning hockey.

Best NHL Betting Lines

When seeking the best betting lines on the NHL, an essential entity to constantly monitor is special teams prowess. With goals at such a premium in today’s game, the teams that win the special teams battle are generally the teams that win the most games. [+]

As the season progresses and some teams fall out of the playoff hunt, be wary of them, because some will dump their veterans at the trade deadline and load up on younger players who while may play with an added hunger to prove themselves worthy of NHL status, generally don’t perform with the consistency or attention to detail displayed by a more experienced player.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 05 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 1 - 4 Nashville Predators -137 Odds
Thursday 08 June
FT Nashville Predators 0 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +215 +115 Odds
Sunday 11 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - 0 Nashville Predators +170 +140 Odds

What Are The NHL Standings

These are the NHL standings, a vital tool readily available at the disposal of the hockey bettor. Use them to decipher which games on each night’s schedule are worthy of your attention. [+]

Have a look at which ones are trap bets and which ones involve traditional rivalries that don’t tend to follow the form charts. Study which teams are trending upward in the standings and which are heading in the opposite direction. Always be aware of the games that most impact playoff positions, because these will be the ones that are fought the hardest and often can lead to an upset and a pay day.

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NHL
# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
15 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Western Conference
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
4 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
9 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
12 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
2 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
6 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
2 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
6 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237

NHL Online Betting Tips 

The world’s fastest team sport, the NHL is hockey at its best. Today’s game offers more parity from top to bottom than at any time in the history of the league. The difference from top to bottom is a fine line, and while that might make the wagering more difficult than in the days of expansion teams and lopsided outcomes, it also means the opportunities for profitable wagering are abundant.

You won’t find a more entertaining brand of hockey to watch than the NHL, so while your enjoying the game, you might as well make it pay off handsomely.

10-Game Metrics

When making your bets there are a few things to consider. If you’re a rookie, you’ll first need to dig into the basic stats, the ones that will help you make decent returns while not consuming all of your time. Finding out hnow a team is performing in the last 10 games is a key metric you’ll want to pay close attention to. 

Once you’ve done the pertinent research regarding how well a team is faring in their most recent 10 games, you’ll want to consider how that team does at home and on the road? Do they play better against divisional opponents or are they a team that loves to play against the opposing conference? 

Make sure you keep tabs on injuries, as a top goaltender who has suffered an injury should shift your betting considerations substantially. The same is true for whether the team you’re betting on or against is fighting for a playoff spot or consigned to an early season on the links.

If the latter is true, you’ll want to bet against that team, as they’ll have no motivation to win. In fact, the opposite is true in the NHL, where teams at the bottom of the league actually have more incentive to lose, as the lower they are in the league, the better chance they have of landing the top five draft picks. 

Corsi Ratings

You’ll want to look at With our Without You, or the Corsi Ratings, when you start to delve more deeply into the analytics. Basically, it determines how well a key player performs with, and without, their linemate. Does it make a big difference if their linemate is missing? In the 2014 case of Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak, it made a huge difference, as you’ll see in the video below:

So now you’re apprised of all the tool and weapons you’ll need to succeed when making your NHL bets. Get stuck in, do your homework and increase you’re betting bankroll as you go along.