NHL Betting Odds and Lines
Introduction to NHL odds
NHL betting odds are betting lines awarded to games in the National Hockey League, the premier source for professional hockey. Odds are provided in the usual forms, including moneyline, spread (known as the puck line), and points total, as well as prop and futures.
Hockey also has an assortment of props that are unlike any other sport, an example being the time and/or period of the first goal. Live betting gets especially interesting because of the dynamics in power plays, where teams are forced to play at least a man down after committing infractions.
How to read NHL odds
Reading NHL betting lines is just like any other sport. An outcome with a “+” preceding the numerical value of its odds is the underdog, and the outcome with a “-” is the favorite; if both outcomes begin with a “-”, then the team with the lesser value— or greater absolute value— is the underdog.
Spreads, like in baseball, are always set to 1.5, large in part because games end with fewer points than in sports like football or basketball. NHL odds on the spread can provide great value for favorites, as they usually end up with positive odds on the puck line.
How to bet on NHL
Betting on the NHL is straightforward; all that is required is an initial deposit or activation of a free bet promotion, a favorite bet, and then to confirm the selection.
To do this, simply go to your bet slip and submit it after assigning a risk value to the bet.