NHL Betting Guide: Find out How to bet on NHL Games Online from Canada!
Hockey is one of the most popular sports in the USA and Canada, with millions of fans watching games every day during the NHL season.
And here at Unibet we’re witnessing a huge increase in fans wanting to bet on the NHL during games and throughout the season!
The NHL is by far the biggest and the most popular hockey league in the world. But the NHL is also a massively popular in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. European Hockey is developing fast but it still has a long way to catch up with North America!
We will also go through the different bets you can drop during the NHL season — and some of the key intricacies experienced experienced bettors use to maximize their odds.
The NHL is a thrilling league and you can now enjoy it even more with Unibet!
How to bet on the NHL-The first steps
If you’re new to online sports betting, you’ll find that betting on NHL games on Unibet Canada is easy.
And with a bit of experience you can become an expert in how to bet on NHL games. The best place to start when you bet on the NHL for the first time is to check out moneylines. This is when you bet on which team you think will win the match. Easy, right? Now, the NHL does not accept ties, so a game level on points after three periods will head to overtime, until there is a winner. This makes betting on moneylines even easier, as you can only bet on two outcomes: win or lose.
For example: You bet on the Rangers to beat the Canucks in an NHL game. If the Rangers win, you win your bet.
While betting on moneylines is a great way to get started on the NHL, there are ways of improving the odds and making it even more fun.
This is where pucklines come in. Think of pucklines as a way of levelling out an uneven match. For example: the Blues are heavy favourites at -400 to beat the Sabres. Their odds are so small that it’s not really worth betting on. What the puckline does is even out the odds by adding an imaginary advantage / disadvantage onto the scores.
So in this case, you could bet on the Blues to win with a -3.5 goal line handicap, at more interesting odds of +200. The Blues must win by four goals or more for you to win your bet! Likewise, you could bet on the Sabres to win with a +4.5 goal line . So long as the Sabres don’t lose by more than five goals, you win your bet.
Over/Unders are also great bets in the NHL. NHL games average between five and six goals, so many fans like to bet on whether or not a certain goal total will be surpassed. For example: you think a game between the Sharks and Flames will exceed 4.5 goals. You can bet on +4.5 total goals in the Over/Under bet. If that fifth goal is scored, you win your bet.
Likewise, if you think the Sharks vs Flames clash could be a boring game, you may back -3.5 total goals. If there are three goals scored or fewer, you win the bet.
Unlike the NBA or the NFL, where big scores are common and predicting the score line is trickier, it is easy to bet on the final score in NHL games. This is because rare do teams score more than six goals. It means you can predict with some level of confidence what the score might be. Here at Unibet you can choose the exact score you think the game will produce and see the odds immediately on our sportsbook. Of course, the more unlikely the score, the higher the odds.
You can also bet on individual players when you’re betting on NHL games. This is a great way to follow one player, even if you don’t support the team! You can bet on the first goal scorer in any NHL game. The best players will have the shortest odds, while those on the periphery of the team will have their odds lengthened. Still, it takes quite a bit of research to work out which player will score first.
You can also bet on which player will be sin binned first, as well as assist makers and even if a player will hit the post with a shot! There are loads of options for dropping bets on individual players in the NHL constantly working on bringing you even more.
Keep an eye out during the Stanley Cup in particular. This is when we offer big player specials on some of the weirdest outcomes you can think of in sport.
One exciting player prop in the NHL is when you pit one player against another. This player special could be on which of the two individuals scores more goals in a game. This wager also attracts spread bets, so you could back an Islanders player to score more than a Flyers star, with a +1.5 line.
Season bets in the NHL
Like most sports on Unibet sportsbook, you can bet on season-long outcome in the NHL. The biggest bet is usually who will win the Stanley Cup.You can bet on who will win the Stanley Cup before the season even begins!
Season-long bets in the NHL also take in MVP wagers, where you bet on who will be voted the most valuable player of the campaign. The crowned player almost always comes from the team that wins the Stanley Cup that season.
Outside of the NHL, you can bet on which country will win the Hockey World Championships, and who will win gold at the Winter Olympics. Club hockey in Europe is also a big deal, with teams competing in the Champions Hockey League. The CHL was only launched in 2014 but has enjoyed huge growth and interest over its early years. Teams from Sweden have generally dominated the competition, but Finnish, German and Swiss sides are also proving competitive in the continental tournament.
Live Betting or in play betting in the NHL
We know fans enjoy betting on live games during the NHL season, and that’s why you can do exactly that when you’re watching your favourite team in the NHL!
The beauty of live betting is that you’re in control of the decisions you make. You can read the game, understand the plays and work out what you think will happen next. If a player is having a strong game, you may back them to score the next goal. Or, if a goalie is enduring a nightmare day, you might back the opposition to score three more times before the game ends.
Live betting will transform your NHL watching experience and give you an even deeper insight into the sport!
Parlays in the NHL
You can combine multiple bets into one big bet. This is called a parlay. When you select two or more bets on our sportsbook our software will give you the option of building a parlay. Each bet is called a leg and you can build anywhere from a 2 leg to a 12 leg parlay on Unibet.
Players love parlays because they get you better odds. We recommned you to check out NHL parlay betting guide for more intel.
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