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Russia Strong Favorite to Capture IIHF World Championship
On Saturday, the semifinals of the tournament – which dates all the way back to 1920 – commence, with Finland vs. Russia and Canada vs. the Czech Republic. The championship game will be on Sunday, at Ondrej Nepala Arena in Slovakia (all games on NHL Network).
Do Long Layoffs in Stanley Cup Playoffs Hurt Team’s Chances?
History shows bettors should be wary of teams that have too much rest in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
From +10000 to +130: Blues in Cup Final But Still Underdogs
St. Louis native Pat Maroon was responsible for one of the cooler hometown hero moments in recent history when he scored a game-winner in double overtime of Game 7 in the Western Conference Semis.
Will Zdeno Chara Return Help or Hurt Bruins’ Cup Chances?
Zdeno Chara’s numbers are declining. A case can be made that the Bruins aren’t as good a team when he’s out there on the ice. But he still makes the Bruins a better bet.
Bet the Blues Hard As Karlsson Injury Likely Dooms Sharks
Has the magic finally run out for the San Jose Sharks in the NHL playoffs? It certainly feels that way.
3 Reasons Why Bettors Should Back Sharks to Win Stanley Cup
Hockey -- and NHL betting -- is no place for sentimentality. But backing the Sharks is more than just a feel-good bet. There are good reasons as well.
NHL Conference Finals Odds, Betting Preview & Bets to Back
How should you bet the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals? Dave Golokhov looks at the odds and the props.
Washington DC Sportsbook Coming to Nationals Park
A second sportsbook at a high-profile sports venue is getting ready to break ground in the nation's capital
NCAA Removes Events Ban in Gaming States
The NCAA’s ban on championship events in states with legal sports betting has now gone the way of the 64-team men’s basketball tournament. After suspending the ban policy in 2018 after the United States Supreme Court ruled on Murphy v. NCAA, the NCAA’s Board of Governors made the policy change permanent last week. The policy had become impractical as more states legalized wagering.
Colorado Sports Betting Bill Passes Senate, Nears Passage
Colorado's Senate approved a sports betting bill Friday, sending it one step closer to fruition and likely assuring the Centennial State will join the ranks of jurisdictions with legal wagering
How Petr Mrazek Injury Impacts Hurricanes Stanley Cup Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes may be a "Bunch of Jerks", but they're backing up the trash talk and postgame celebrations so far in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.
PointsBet Offers Big Booster Odds on ‘Boston Slam’ of Titles
Has there ever been a town with as much multi-sport success as Boston since 2001?
How to Bet Every NHL Second-Round Stanley Cup Playoff Series
The first round was a wild ride. What does the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have in store for fans of NHL betting?
Why Surging Avalanche Are Great Dark-Horse Stanley Cup Bet
Are the Avs the very best team remaining in these NHL playoffs? Adrian Dater is not ready to say that. But are they the best dark-horse team to back to win the Stanley Cup.
Game 7 First-Round Stanley Cup Playoff Betting Storylines
The cliche is old, but true. The two most exciting words in sports remain "Game 7". And NHL betting fans have two to ponder over Tuesday night.
Sportsbooks Clean Up on Lightning & Penguins Early NHL Exits
Sportsbooks have been very pleased so far with the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Stanley Cup Favorites Shift as Lightning Lose in Round One
The hockey world was stunned this week as the Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of 62 games and overwhelming favorites to take the Stanley Cup, were dismissed in four games by the Wild Card Columbus Blue Jackets.
How Game 1 Upsets Have Shifted NHL Playoff Series Odds
Game 1 of any Stanley Cup Playoff series is far from the most important contest, but it does set the tone in a major way.
NHL Playoffs 2019 First-Round Series Odds, Favored Outcomes
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here and it's time to take a look at the first round. What matchups are the closest? Who are the biggest favorites?
Complete NHL Stanley Cup Playoff First-Round Betting Guide
The question for Stanley Cup betting fans is who can knockoff the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL’s equivalent to the Golden State Warriors (based on their regular-season performance, at least).
Why NHL Betting Hasn’t Surged Despite Legal Sports Wagering
When Jay Kornegay is asked what it will take for hockey to meaningfully increase its meager handle of the overall book among major North American sports, his answer comes quick.
Bills, Sabres Owner Pegula Pushing for Legal Betting in NY
New York State has yet to pass a bill for legal sports betting on site. Terry Pegula, who owns Buffalo's NHL and NFL teams, is helping to lobby for that to change in the near future.
NHL Announces Third Official Betting Partner William Hill
The National Hockey League is doubling-down on its business relationships with companies in the gaming industry, announcing Thursday it has formed a strategic partnership with William Hill.
NHL Trade Deadline: Trades that will Impact Stanley Cup Odds
The 2019 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and we have some clear-cut winners and losers. Based on the changes, here is a look at the teams who improved and are on the way up the futures board and a look at the teams who’ll become bigger longshots to win the Stanley Cup.
Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino Now Accepting Your Sports Bets
Parx Casino, located in Bensalem about 20 miles from the center of Philadelphia, became the fourth Pennsylvania casino to accept sports wagers Tuesday.
DC Sports Betting Still Threatened By Egregious Proposal
Though public outcry helped forced its postponement, an unjust no-bid contract for an existing D.C. Lottery partner unfairly threatened to circumvent a key step in D.C. sports betting legislation potential, potentially furthering hindering the revenue potential for a process that drew criticism from its inception
DraftKings Gets License For West Virginia Online Sportsbook
As West Virginia begins to take the first online sports wagers, some people may notice a familiar name among the first few online sportsbooks to launch. DraftKings and Penn National recently entered an agreement that would give DraftKings access to the West Virginia market.
Nevada Handles Record $581 Million in November Sports Bets
Nevada November earnings report
Federal Sports Betting Legislation Introduced by Senators
After weeks of speculation, a bipartisan pair of senators have introduced a major federal sports betting regulatory framework - an important first step in what could be a long, and ultimately futile, effort.
NHL Betting Fans Should Pound the Over on These 3 Teams
Oddsmakers aren’t dumb. A team that gives up a lot of goals is going to have a higher over/under number.
NHL Expansion into Seattle will Even Conferences’ Cup Odds
If you were to ask many hockey fans which American city was the first to claim the Stanley Cup, they might not arrive at the correct answer right away. That’s because Seattle hasn’t fielded a team capable of doing so since 1924 when the Metropolitans were dissolved.
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.
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