How to bet on the NHL
Betting on the NHL can be intimating but BetQL is here to help
How to bet NHL Money Lines
NHL money line betting is very simple and a popular form of NHL betting. In NHL money line betting, you are simply picking which team will outright win the game. NHL Money Line odds will list the the favorite in a given game as a negative number (ie. -200), that means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. NHL Money Line odds will also list the underdog as a positive number (ie. +300) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet.
The lines in NHL money line betting typically range from -110, which would be considered a small favorite all the way up to -350 which would be considered a massive favorite in NHL money line betting. NHL money line bets can be difficult to find value in and that is why NHL money line betting is not as popular as NHL betting against the spread (puck line betting). Many bettors like to parlay multiple NHL money line bets together to help to improve the pay out of their NHL money line bet.
BetQL will help you to make the most informed NHL money line bets using our NHL picks on the money line, as well as our NHL picks against the spread, and NHL totals.
How to Bet NHL Puck Lines
Betting against the spread, or ATS for short, is the most popular way to bet on NHL games and is also very simple. Betting against the spread in NHL is also commonly referred to as betting against the puck line (PL).
The team that is favored will be listed with a negative number (ie. -1.5) and that is the number of goals that they at least need to win the game by. NHL puck lines are always listed as -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdogs. This means that the favorite must win the game by 2 goals and the underdog can lose the game by a goal or win the game outright for you to win an NHL puck line bet. Since NHL games cannot end in a tie, there is no situation where an NHL puck line bet can push.
How to Bet NHL Period Money Lines
In NHL money line betting you are simply picking which team will outright win the game. NHL Money Line odds will list the the favorite in a given game as a negative number (ie. -200) that means you will have to bet that amount to win $100. NHL Money Line odds will also list the as a positive number (ie. +300) that means you will win that amount on a $100 bet.
The lines in NHL money line betting typically range from -110, which would be considered a small favorite all the way up to -350 which would be considered a massive favorite in NHL money line betting. NHL money line bets are difficult to find value and that is why NHL money line betting is not as popular as NHL betting against the spread (puck line). Many bettors like to parlay multiple NHL money line bets together to help to improve the pay out of their NHL money line bet.
NHL betting allows you to bet on each period of the game for both period money line bets and NHL period over-unders. The money line for each period is typically priced from -110 for slight favorites up to -210 for massive favorites, who are also likely playing at home. Betting on the money line for each period is very simple in that you are betting on which team will outright win the period. If the score is tied at the end of the selected period, the bet will push and your bet will be refunded.
How to Bet NHL Totals
Betting the total for an NHL game is a bet on how many total goals will be scored in that game. In the NHL, game totals are typically between 5 and 8 goals. There can be a push if the total amount of goals scored in the game exactly equals the total. NHL over-under can also be used to describe betting the total in the NHL.
NHL goal totals and NHL over/under bets is the combined points scored between both of the teams playing in a selected game. There are also options to bet on how many goals only one of the teams will score. This is referred to as NHL team total betting. You can also bet on the total goals scored in the first, second, and third period, otherwise known as NHL first period over-unders, second period over-unders, and third period over-unders.
NHL over-under betting can be tricky and you must find value in your NHL spreads in order to remain profitable over the long term. To do this, BetQL has created value models to help you find which NHL games have the most value for NHL spread bets, NHL money line bets, and NHL totals.
How to Bet on NHL Period Totals
Betting on period totals is a popular bet to make in NHL betting. Betting on NHL period totals is as simple as it sounds, as you are betting on the amount of goals that both teams combine to score in a given period. By far the most popular bet from period totals is betting on the first period over-under. Most books will list the first period total at O/U 1.5 Goals and then adjust the odds of this happening from there.
For example a team with strong first period scoring such as the Tampa Bay Lightning will have the first period total odds for their game set at -200 or higher. While teams that tend to struggle in the first period will have first period totals that can be plus-money (ie: +120).
How to bet NHL Futures
You can also make a number of different bets on events that are yet to happen in the NHL. These are known as NHL Futures Bets. The types of futures bets that you can make will vary greatly depending on which sports book you use.
Some popular NHL futures bets include, but are not limited to: NHL Stanley Cup winner, NHL MVP, NHL conference winner, leading scorer in the league, and divisional champions. Futures bets do not pay out until the event being bet on has occurred and bettors will typically bet on these futures bets weeks or months in advance to try to find the most value.
How to Bet NHL Prop Bets
NHL prop bets are bets on the performance of an individual player or events in a given game. There are many different types of NHL prop bets and they can vary widely between different sports books.
Some of the most popular and widely offered player prop bets include: anytime goal scorer, player does not score, player to score at least 1 point, player to score a hat trick, and player to score at least 3 points.
Game prop bets include: first team to score and to win the game, team to score first, team to win in a shutout, both teams to score, and teams to come from behind and win.