How to Bet on NHL Using Sports Betting
NHL betting is a bit different than betting on other sports. The main difference is that there are no points scored in hockey. That’s right, no points. So, if you are new to NHL betting, how do you bet on it?
First, you need to understand how the game is played. Unlike other sports where there are four quarters or three periods, hockey has three periods. Each period is 20 minutes long. The clock does not stop in hockey unless there is a penalty or the puck goes out of play.
The other main difference in NHL betting is the overtime period. If the game is tied after three periods, then there will be a five-minute sudden death overtime period. If the game is still tied after overtime, then the game will go to a shootout. In a shootout, each team gets three shots on goal. The team with the most goals after three shots wins the game. If it’s still tied, then it goes to a sudden death shootout where each team gets one more shot. The first team to score wins the game.
Now that you know how NHL on sports betting works, let’s take a look at how to bet on it.
Moneyline bets are the most popular type of NHL bets. A moneyline bet is simply picking who you think will win the game. For example, let’s say the Los Angeles Kings are playing the Boston Bruins and you want to bet on the Kings. The moneyline might look like this:
Los Angeles Kings -180
Boston Bruins +160
In this example, the Kings are favored to win and the Bruins are the underdog. If you bet $100 on the Kings and they win, then you will win $180 (your original $100 plus your winnings of $80). If you bet $100 on the Bruins and they win, then you will win $160 (your original $100 plus your winnings of $60).
If you are new to NHL betting, then I recommend sticking with moneyline bets. They are simple to understand and easy to follow.
Another popular type of NHL bet is the puck line bet. A puck line bet is similar to a point spread in football or basketball betting. With a puck line bet, you are essentially giving or taking away goals from the team’s final score. For example, let’s say that same Kings and Bruins game has a puck line of:
Los Angeles Kings -1.5 (+200)
Boston Bruins +1.5 (-250)
In this example, if you bet on the Kings -1.5, then they must win by two goals or more for you to win your bet. If they only win by one goal, then it’s a push (a tie) and your bet is refunded. If they lose, then you lose your bet. If you bet on the Bruins +1.5, then they can lose by one goal and you still win your bet as long as they don’t lose by two goals or more. If it’s a push or if they win, then you also win your bet.
The odds for puck line bets are usually not as good as moneyline bets because there is more risk involved. However, they can be profitable if you know what you are doing.
Finally, another popular type of NHL bet is the total goals bet (also called an over/under bet). With a total goals bet, you are betting on whether the final score will be over or under a certain number of goals. For example, let’s say that same Kings and Bruins game has a total goals of 5:
Over 5 (-120)
Under 5 (+100)
In this example, if you bet on the over 5 and the final score is 6-3 Kings (9 total goals), then you win your bet because 9 is more than 5. If you bet on the under 5 and the final score is 3-2 Bruins (5 total goals), then you also win your bet because 5 is less than 5. However, if the final score is 6-5 Bruins (11 total goals), then you lose your over 5 because 11 is more than 5 while if the final score is 4-3 Kings (7 total goals), then you lose your under 5 because 7 is more than 5 as well. As you can see, with total goals bets there is a little bit more luck involved than with moneyline or puck line bets but they can still be profitable if done correctly.
What does 1.5 mean in NHL betting?
In NHL betting, 1.5 means that the bettor is wagering that the chosen team will win by at least two goals. This is also known as a “puck line” bet.
If you are new to NHL betting, you may be wondering what the 1.5 means in this type of bet. Essentially, 1.5 is the spread. You are essentially betting that your team will win by at least two goals. So, if you bet on the favorite, they would have to win by three or more goals for you to win your bet. If you bet on the underdog, they could lose by one goal and you would still win your bet.
The 1.5 spread is a popular choice for bettors because it offers a little more security than betting on a moneyline. With a moneyline bet, you are simply picking a team to win outright. With a puck line bet, you are giving yourself a little cushion in case the favorite doesn’t win by as much as you thought they would.
Of course, there is always risk involved in any type of betting. Nothing is guaranteed. But if you do your research and pick your teams carefully, puck line betting can be a great way to add some excitement to your NHL viewing experience and maybe even make a little money in the process.