So, you want to wager on the sport of ice hockey, eh? You've come to the right place. Let's start with this guide to all things ice hockey betting including a list of the top online sites to use as well as a breakdown of all the things you should consider when betting with the top ice hockey betting sites.
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The most popular bet in ice hockey is the outright win wager.
Betting the outright winner in ice hockey is simply a bet on who you think will win the game. There are no more ties in hockey, so a To Win bet is your pick to win the game outright.
If, say, the New York Rangers are 6/1 against the visiting Ottawa Senators, you need to bet $175 and you need the Rangers to win the game to win $100.
The other most popular forms of bets for ice hockey include the puck line, where the oddsmaker assigns a favorite based on a formula of plus or minus 1.5 goals.
Taking the Senators at +1.5 goals means you win if the Senators win the game, or if they lose by only one goal.
Betting the over-under is the other most popular bet in ice hockey. The oddsmaker will assess how many TOTAL goals scored by both teams in a game.Most of the time, that number will be either 6 or 5.5. If you bet the over on the Rangers-Senators at 6 goals, you need seven goals scored in the game to win, and vice-versa.
These basic bets are available at most online bookies, while some might offer more in-depth markets than others.
But, we’ll get to that later.
Be careful on heavy favorites. Hockey is a sport of parity, by and large. Most games are close, especially in the NHL. Upsets, even in the playoffs, are common, so be careful on large parlays.
Pay attention to lineup changes. It's probably wise to follow hockey beat writers on Twitter. Most of them will post any up-to-the-minute lineup changes, and that's important especially when it comes to goaltenders.
Is a team using the backup for this game? Is the top scorer a late scratch because of the flu?
You'll want to know these things before making online bets. Like everything else in this sport, things can move fast.
Learn the schedule. Hockey is a grueling sport, and the players are human. They get tired.
If a team is on a long road trip, chances are you're going to want to shy away from them in later games of the trip.
Home teams have a natural advantage in hockey, because they can make the "last change", i.e., road teams have to put their players on the ice first and the home coach can react to that as he sees fit.
Shop around. Seriously consider becoming a member of multiple sportsbooks. While the odds on the over-under are usually the same no matter where you look, the moneyline and puck lines can sometimes vary to significant degrees.
Maybe one book missed that the home team's starting goalie is a late scratch, but another saw it and gives suddenly better odds for a road underdog win?If you're a customer of the faster-reacting bookmaker, you can potentially win bigger money.
You know the moneyline, the puck line and over-under, but what about other types of bets can you make in ice hockey? Plenty.
There are lots of "futures" bets you can make, including the ongoing, ever-changing odds for the Stanley Cup winner. That goes for the KHL, the Worlds, pretty much every league. Before the start of every NHL season, many bookmakers post odds on individual trophy winners.
Do you think Alexander Ovechkin will win the NHL goal-scoring trophy (the Rocket Richard Trophy)? There's a bet for that.
Then there is the world of prop bets, in-play betting. These can be almost anything.
Do you think a certain player will score a goal in tonight's game for the Maple Leafs? There are bookmakers who gives odds on that and other goal markets for pretty much every top player on a team in any given game.
Keep in mind: shootout goals do not count for betting purposes for individuals. But, you can bet whether you think a player will score on a shootout goal or not.
Which team will score the first goal? You can make a prop bet on that. You can bet the "grand salami", which is an over-under on the total number of goals scored by ALL NHL games on a given night.
You can expect more prop bet categories to materialize as hockey becomes a bigger part of the sports betting world. All of these factors should play a part in your ice hockey betting strategy.
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