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Check out the today's NHL betting odds and lines – from puck lines to over/unders to moneylines – along with our expert picks.
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Daily NHL Bets To Back & Free NHL Tips
NHL handicapper Adrian Dater has checked out all of today's NHL bets and picked his three favorites to back.
Flames vs Oilers Odds, NHL Playoff Picks & Predictions
Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames, who has the edge? Let’s take a closer look with some NHL betting observations and, ultimately, a series prediction.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Odds, NHL Playoff Picks & Predictions
Let’s take a deeper dive into the series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers, from an NHL betting perspective.
Lightning vs Panthers Odds, NHL Playoff Picks & Predictions
It's the first time the Panthers and Lightning have ever met in the postseason, and it figures to be a fun matchup. Here's your ultimate betting guide to the series.
Avalanche vs Blues Odds, NHL Playoff Picks & Betting Predictions
Avalanche vs. Blues is locked in as a second-round NHL playoff series. Bookies.com expert hockey writer Adrian Dater has everything you need to know about it right here.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: First-Round Betting Lines & Bets To Make Today
Bookies.com NHL handicapper Adrian Dater uses his knowledge gained from more than two decades covering the league to breakdown the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Top 7 Stanley Cup Champions From Canada Ranked
The Montreal Canadiens were back in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2021 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.
Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Odds, Picks & Predictions
The Toronto Maple Leafs hold the longest current Stanley Cup drought of any team in the NHL. Is this the year the Cup comes back to Toronto?
Marc-Andre Fleury Trade Odds: Will Toronto Make A Deal?
The big fish are still on the open market as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks is one of those big fish.
Claude Giroux Trade Odds: Panthers, Avalanche or Maple Leafs?
Who's the biggest name available at the NHL trade deadline? The general consensus is Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux.
Miracles On Ice: All-Time Top 10 Hockey Upsets
The 1980 USA Olympic hockey team delivered the "Miracle On Ice" 42 years ago. Here are our all-time top 10 hockey upsets to mark the occasion.
Men's Hockey Winter Olympics Gold Medal Game Odds & Best Bets
The Men's Olympic hockey tournament concludes on Sunday when the ROC and Finland go head-to-head for the gold medal.
NHL All-Star Game 2022 Odds, Betting Guide & Predictions
Here's everything you need to know to bet the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, including our top picks for the game and the skills competition.
New York Rangers Odds & Best Bets To Back; Is There Value?
Following the launch of online sports betting in New York, we take a look at the odds on the Rangers for their matchup with the Ducks as well as their futures odds for the rest of the season.
Bally’s & NHL’s Predators Announce Sports Betting Partnership
Bally's reaches its first NHL sports betting partnership with the Nasvhille Predators.
NHL Season Betting Guide 2021-22: 5 Futures Bets To Make Now
Once you get past the marquee set of NHL futures bets, there are a galaxy of others to consider - and that's where the value lies. Here are five bets we're making before the first puck is dropped.
Canadian NHL Teams: Futures Odds & Predictions For Every Team
We've sorted through all the NHL futures odds on Canadian NHL teams to find the best bets on every team north of the border.
Detroit Red Wings Odds, Predictions & 2021-22 Betting Tips
The Red Wings are one of the longest shots on the NHL futures board - but they might not be a bad bet to take a flier on. Seriously.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds, Predictions & 2021-22 Betting Tips
Check out your complete guide to betting the Toronto Maples Leafs this season, including Stanley Cup odds.
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.
Arizona Coyotes Odds, Predictions & 2021-22 Betting Tips
Welcome to the world of legalized sports betting, Coyotes fans! Arizona is a longshot in just about every NHL futures wager, but is there value?
Colorado Avalanche Odds, Predictions & 2021-22 Betting Tips
The Colorado Avalanche are the bookies' favorites, but are they a good bet and can value be had?
Revealed: The NHL Rich List
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Proline Ontario Online Launch Sign Single-Game Betting Imminent
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Ontario Sports Gaming Report Forecasts $777 Million Revenue
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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. We even have expert reviews for the top sportsbooks in Ontario and other provinces.
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:
- 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.
- A hot goalie can always make for a tough night, even against the best of teams.
- 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 our Canadian bettors, check out our review of the top Canadian online sportsbooks coming to you.
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.