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Is Canada Ready For Single-Event Betting Launch on Friday?

Is Canada Ready For Single-Event Betting Launch on Friday?

With single-sports betting set to launch in Canada on Aug. 27, let's take a look at the current state of play across Canada's provinces.

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Bob Duff
Revealed: The NHL Rich List

Revealed: The NHL Rich List

Which NHL team will be the richest in five years? From the Boston Bruins to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers, find out here...

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Proline Ontario Online Launch Sign Single-Game Betting Imminent

Proline Ontario Online Launch Sign Single-Game Betting Imminent

The launch of Proline+ is the latest indication that single-game sports betting is close to becoming a reality in Ontario.

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Bob Duff
Ontario Sports Gaming Report Forecasts $777 Million Revenue

Ontario Sports Gaming Report Forecasts $777 Million Revenue

The online Ontario sports betting and gaming market could generate total gross revenue of $777 million (C$989 million) in its first year, according to the latest forecast.

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Bookies.com Staff
Canadian Single-Game Sports Betting Q&A With Paul Burns

Canadian Single-Game Sports Betting Q&A With Paul Burns

Canadian Gaming Association president and CEO Paul Burns spoke to Bookies.com to discuss how single-game sports betting will work in Canada now that Bill C-218 has passed into law.

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Bob Duff
Meet Kevin Waugh: The Man Behind Single-Sports Betting in Canada

Meet Kevin Waugh: The Man Behind Single-Sports Betting in Canada

Bookies.com spoke to Canadian MP Kevin Waugh, the man responsible for finally guiding through Canada's single-game sports betting bill.

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Bob Duff
Odds For Every NHL Team in Canada To Win 2022 Stanley Cup

Odds For Every NHL Team in Canada To Win 2022 Stanley Cup

Here are the 2022 odds for each NHL team in Canada to win the Stanley Cup.

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Bill Speros
Daily NHL Bets To Back & Free NHL Tips

Daily NHL Bets To Back & Free NHL Tips

NHL handicapper Adrian Dater has checked out Game 5 odds for the Stanley Cup Final and has some best bets to back.

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Adrian Dater
Top 7 Stanley Cup Champions From Canada Ranked

Top 7 Stanley Cup Champions From Canada Ranked

The Montreal Canadiens are back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since winning it all 1993. We rank the top NHL teams from Canada that have won the Stanley Cup since the NHL expanded in 1967.

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Bill Speros
Lightning vs Canadiens Odds & Stanley Cup 2021 Bets To Back

Lightning vs Canadiens Odds & Stanley Cup 2021 Bets To Back

The Montreal Canadiens seek their first Stanley Cup title since 1993. The Tampa Bay Lightning seeks to repeat as NHL champions. What are the best hockey betting wagers to make on the series?

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Adrian Dater
Canada Single-Game Sports Betting Passes Senate; What’s Next?

Canada Single-Game Sports Betting Passes Senate; What’s Next?

Single-game sports betting is a rubber stamp away from becoming a legal reality in Canada. On Tuesday, the Canadian Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of Bill C-218.

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Bob Duff
Golden Knights vs Canadiens Odds, Tips & Series Predictions

Golden Knights vs Canadiens Odds, Tips & Series Predictions

The Vegas Golden Knights face the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Get the latest odds, expert tips and series predictions in our complete betting guide.

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Adrian Dater
Lightning vs Islanders Odds, Tips & Series Predictions

Lightning vs Islanders Odds, Tips & Series Predictions

The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning face the New York Islanders in the Semifinals. Get the latest odds, expert tips and series predictions in our complete betting guide.

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Adrian Dater
NHL Playoff Odds, Second-Round Betting Lines & Series Picks

NHL Playoff Odds, Second-Round Betting Lines & Series Picks

Check out our ultimate guide to the 2021 NHL playoffs, with complete Stanley Cup odds, series breakdowns and predictions.

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Adrian Dater
Unibet Unveils Stanley Cup Promotions Ahead Of NHL Playoffs

Unibet Unveils Stanley Cup Promotions Ahead Of NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs start Saturday night with the Boston Bruins facing the Washington Capitals, and Unibet sportsbook is offering some Stanley Cup offers for both new players and existing customers.

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NJ Devils Reach Sports Betting Partnership with PlayUp

NJ Devils Reach Sports Betting Partnership with PlayUp

New operator in New Jersey, PlayUp, teams up with the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

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Lou Monaco
Start of NHL Season Gives NJ & PA Sportsbooks More Options

Start of NHL Season Gives NJ & PA Sportsbooks More Options

New Jersey and Pennsylvania sportsbooks are looking forward to Wednesday's start of the NHL season.

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Lou Monaco
William Hill D.C. Sportsbook App Launches After Approval

William Hill D.C. Sportsbook App Launches After Approval

The D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming permits the famed bookmaker to launch its sportsbook app, which can be used in a two-block radius around the Capital One Arena, excluding federal buildings.

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Lou Monaco
Nashville Predators, DraftKings Reach Sports Betting, DFS Deal

Nashville Predators, DraftKings Reach Sports Betting, DFS Deal

The NHL's Nashville Predators have reached a deal with DraftKings for sports betting and Daily Fantasy Sports.

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Lou Monaco
Early Stanley Cup Predictions, 2021 Odds & Longshots To Back

Early Stanley Cup Predictions, 2021 Odds & Longshots To Back

Here's an early look at 2021 Stanley Cup odds and some great bets to back now, including a few longshots, before the odds get bet down.

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Adrian Dater
NHL’s Penguins Name BetRivers Official Sportsbook Operator

NHL’s Penguins Name BetRivers Official Sportsbook Operator

The NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Rivers Casino and BetRivers.com have announed a multi-year partnership.

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Lou Monaco
Lightning vs Stars Odds & Stanley Cup Final Betting Guide

Lightning vs Stars Odds & Stanley Cup Final Betting Guide

Get ready for the Stanley Cup Final matchup of the Lightning vs Stars with our expert betting analysis, tips and picks.

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Adrian Dater
NHL Finally Joins Other Leagues in Postponing Playoff Games

NHL Finally Joins Other Leagues in Postponing Playoff Games

It took longer than other leagues, but the NHL postpones its two playoff games scheduled for Thursday.

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Ron Fritz
Hard Rock Rewards In-Game Betting With Pair Of Promotions

Hard Rock Rewards In-Game Betting With Pair Of Promotions

Hard Rock is welcoming back sports with a series of promotions for sports bettors to take advantage of, including a risk-free bet when you wager $50 or more on a single in-game wager and a betting leaderboard.

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Bookies.com Staff
Why Avalanche, Penguins Among 5 Best 2020 Stanley Cup Bets

Why Avalanche, Penguins Among 5 Best 2020 Stanley Cup Bets

The odds are up for the 2020 Stanley Cup, and these five teams present great betting opportunities. Jump on them now before the odds shift!

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Adrian Dater
3 Intriguing Stanley Cup 2020 Longshots To Pounce On Now

3 Intriguing Stanley Cup 2020 Longshots To Pounce On Now

We've found three terrific longshot bets you should be backing in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Adrian Dater
NHL 2020 Playoff Tournament: Key Dates, Updates, Odds

NHL 2020 Playoff Tournament: Key Dates, Updates, Odds

NHL Resumes 2019-20 Season: Key Dates, Latest Updates, News

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Bill Speros
Top Leagues Support Canadian Sports Betting Bill

Top Leagues Support Canadian Sports Betting Bill

The push for single-game pro sports betting in Canada got a boost after commissioners from several leagues sent a letter supporting the move to the federal government.

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Bill Speros
NHL Playoff 2020 Betting Strategy & Guide for 24-Team Format

NHL Playoff 2020 Betting Strategy & Guide for 24-Team Format

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Adrian Dater
NHL Plans to Restart Season with 24-Team Playoff Format

NHL Plans to Restart Season with 24-Team Playoff Format

The NHL is closer to returning as it unveils its plan to have a 24-team playoff format.

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Ron Fritz
When Will Professional Sports Return From Coronavirus Delay?

When Will Professional Sports Return From Coronavirus Delay?

When Will Professional Sports Return From Coronavirus Delay?

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Bill Speros
Coronavirus Leaves Sportsbooks Scrambling On Futures Bets

Coronavirus Leaves Sportsbooks Scrambling On Futures Bets

Postponements by the NBA, NHL and MLB left millions of dollars in future wagers in limbo on Thursday as league officials and owners scrambled to strike a responsible stance amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA’s decision to cancel the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments left a void in the American sporting landscape.

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Brant James

Why Should I Trust Bookies for NHL Expert Picks?

If you place a bet on a sporting event, you are already confident. You have just put your money where your mouth is, after all. You’ve done your homework, and you’re expecting success. With us, this is our business, so we’re even more confident. Our writers, with more than three decades of NHL experience, are always studying the game, paying close attention to past performance, trends, injuries, starting goalies and anything else that can help bettors make more informed decisions. You can never have too much information, and when that info comes from trusted sources dedicated to the game, it’s even more useful.

Are the Best Odds Always Shown for Each NHL Pick?

Yes. There are different odds given by different bookmakers. Usually, they are very close, but not always, and even a small difference in the odds can add up night after night. The good news at Bookies.com is that you can compare real-time odds from multiple sportsbooks that are all legal, licensed and regulated in the states they operate in. You’ll always know where the best value lies at any given moment, including the many NHL futures odds offered.

How Can I Do My Own Research For NHL Picks?

Doing your own research is still important, and one of the best ways is to follow some NHL beat writers’ Twitter accounts for the latest on the teams you are most likely to be betting on. A personnel change at the last minute might go unnoticed by others, but usually a beat writer will post it. 

Study sites where NHL goalies’ home and road records are posted. Maybe they’re a lock at home, but struggle on the road? Same with offensive skaters. Data is king when it comes to NHL betting.

Best of all, stay on top of Bookies.com’s news articles. They are always tailored toward how specific information will affect the potential outcome of a game’s puck line, moneyline or over-under.

How Do NHL Picks Using the Puck Line Work?

In hockey, the puck line is another term for “the spread.” And since most NHL games rarely exceed seven or eight goals total, the puck line is almost always minus 1.5 goals. If you’re going to “beat the spread” in NHL betting parlance, the team you bet on must win by two goals or more.

Payouts are always better on puck line wins when you bet -1.5. You don’t have to have a game decided by two or more goals to win on the puck line, though. If you bet on a team to win on the “reverse puck line,” that means you are getting 1.5 goals. As long as that team either wins outright or loses by ONLY ONE GOAL, you win the bet. However, the odds on reverse puck lines are not as good as moneyline or puck line bets.

Does Home-Ice Really Matter?

Compared to, say, the NBA, playing at home is not as much of an advantage to teams. Experienced hockey bettors already know this, but why is this the case? 

A lot of reasons, but in general:

  1. It’s just harder to score goals than put up points in basketball or football games. Teams rarely can race out to big leads and just pack it in the rest of the game.
  2. A hot goalie can always make for a tough night, even against the best of teams.
  3. Coaches are so good today at devising strategies to slow opponents, especially on the road. Visiting teams generally play a more conservative style, which often makes for closer games that they can steal in overtime or a shootout.

Home teams do get the “last change,” meaning they can pair the players they want against the road team’s players, and that can and does often matter. But in general, you have a better chance of winning road underdog bets in the NHL than you do other sports.

I’ve Made My NHL Pick, Now What?

You’ve made your decision after studying the trends, including Bookies.com’s NHL consensus tool, and have checked for late developments and evaluated the odds at Bookies.com. Your next step is to select the best odds, click on that moneyline, puck line or over-under and head to the sportsbook to lock in your selection.

For first-time bettors, remember that many sportsbooks provide promo codes for bonus offers/bets that will give you a little extra cash to throw around. After that, sit back, relax and cheer on your team.