NHL Odds & Betting Lines

If you’re looking for the best NHL odds, look no further. Being the most prestigious hockey league in the world, the NHL is the natural choice for fans of the game looking for the best of the best. And here at Betway, we seek to offer the same standard of quality when it comes to betting on NHL lines.

It doesn’t matter if you’re betting in advance or live; whether you want to bet on a single game or predict the overall winner in our Stanley Cup betting markets – Betway’s great range of NHL betting markets are sure to include the one you’re looking for, loaded with the best possible NHL odds.

We’ve made those options as easy as possible to find and choose from, so you’ll feel at home at one of the best NHL betting sites: Betway - whether you’re a veteran or a total newbie.

All of this, available on desktop and via mobile using the Betway app, where our tailored service makes it one of the best NHL betting apps around.

How to bet on NHL lines

As you’d expect from a sport as fast and dynamic as hockey, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to our NHL betting markets. Factor in a great range of NHL Futures markets, and live options, and you’ll be in no doubt that Betway is a smart choice for those looking for a wide selection of NHL odds. Let’s explore some of the more popular markets.

Moneyline

By far the most popular market for NHL betting, the Moneyline is perhaps the most simple of the NHL lines to understand. The Moneyline simply presents you with the option to back one of the two teams to win a given match. With NHL odds, you will commonly find that a potential victory for one team (the favourite) has lower odds that the other (the underdog). With the odds clearly listed alongside the team’s names, this line makes it easy to see the potential reward for those making a winning selection. 

What’s important to remember is that the team wagered on have to win the game outright, regardless of score. The minus number (e.g. -130) indicates the favourites to win, and the amount that you must bet to win $100, in this case $130. The plus number (e.g. +120) indicates the underdogs, and the amount you would win if you were to bet $100, in this case $120.

Moneyline betting explained

Win/Draw/Win

Named after the three selections that it presents for you to choose from, the Win/Draw/Win market allows you to predict the overall outcome of the match – i.e. a win for the home team, a win for the away team, or a draw. In most cases, when it comes to NHL odds, you will find the lowest odds in this market are offered to those backing the favourite, the next highest for backing the underdog, and the highest odds for backing a draw (which is consistently the least common of the three possible outcomes of an NHL game). The odds offered for the draw make this a potentially lucrative market for those who correctly predict that there will be nothing between the teams at the final buzzer.

Puck Line (Canadian Line)

Unique to the sport of hockey, the Puck Line is NHL’s answer to the point spread and similar to baseball’s runline. It works by applying a negative theoretical adjustment to the points total of both the favourite (typically -1.5 goals) and the underdog (typically +1.5 goals) in a given game. By selecting one of the two competing teams on the Puck Line, you are betting on them to ‘win’ with these hypothetical points adjustments applied to the game’s actual final score. For example, if you bet on the underdog for a game on the Puck Line at +1.5 and they go on to lose 5-4, your bet will win, since, with the +1.5 theoretical adjustment, their points total is higher than that of their opponent. The Puck Line will typically offer greater odds to those backing the favourite in a game, since it requires that they outscore their opponent by the specified margin rather than simply win regardless of margin. 

Puck line explained

Under/Over NHL bets

Hockey offers a chance to not only to back a team, but to open your horizons to a multitude of betting options. The Under/Over market is a perfect example. With Over/Under NHL betting, you can bet on the total number of goals scored in any specific game, with the under option referring to the fact of backing less goals that the specified number, and the over more. 

Over/under betting explained

Future NHL bets

Maybe longstanding bets than run over a long period are more your thing? Then future bets would be perfect for you. Rather than making a bet for an upcoming game, you can bet on an event occurring that may happen much later into an NHL season. The most popular of this is based around NHL’s biggest prize, with Stanley Cup betting. You can place a bet on who will make the Stanley Cup, or who will pick up the next crop of young talent in the NHL Draft betting markets, just a few of the many options when it comes to Futures NHL betting.

What is the 21/22 NHL season schedule? 

The 2021/22 NHL season is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 12th of October. The opening game of the regular season will be contested between 2020/21 NHL champions Tampa Bay Lightning, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later in the evening, new NHL franchise Seattle Kraken will take to the ice for the first time versus Vegas Golden Knights. And you can bet on the opening 2021/22 NHL season games in advance, or wait until the day of the game to take a look at the markets.

Betway provides odds and markets for all 82 games of the regular season, which runs until Friday 29th of April. In order to account for NHL player participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a preliminary agreement is in place to pause the 21/22 NHL season schedule from February 7th 2022 to February 22nd 2022. Following last campaign’s lockdown-impacted season, games will take place at each team’s standard home venue with new additions including the Seattle Kraken’s Climate Pledge Arena and the New York Islanders’ UBS Arena. 

Who is favourite to win Eastern Conference?

You can bet on who you think will win the NHL Eastern Conference as the regular season unfolds and the odds adjust, or you can take a look at the NHL betting lines throughout the pre-season. Unsurprisingly, the opening betting favourite to win the 2022 NHL Eastern Conference is defending Stanley Cup champion, Tampa Bay Lightning. While the loss of injured Russian winger Nikita Kucherov is a blow to the Bolts, the Floridians will still feel confident of a Western Conference win, with centres Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos backed up by the likes of Andrei Vasilevskiy and Mikhail Sergachev on defence. 

Betting favourites to win the 2022 NHL Eastern Conference include the Boston Bruins, who in 2020/2021 lost to the New York islanders in the second round of the Play-Offs, the Florida Panthers, who were knocked out in the first round to eventual winners and rivals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, who enter the Atlantic Division this year, having played in the North All-Canadian Division in 2020/2021. Despite losing their fifth straight First Round play-off game in 2020/2021 after capitulating from a 3-1 lead against the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs will head into 2021/2022 with high hopes, having held onto star players Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. And thanks to the Betway Insider Blog, you can keep a close eye on your favourite NHL players’ form during each stage of the 2021/22 NHL, in order to stay up to date with developments that could help inform your choice of NHL betting lines. 

Who is favourite to win Western Conference? 

Betway has just as many betting lines, odds and markets available for the Western Conference Divisions as it does for the East. Favourites to win the 2021/2022 Western Conference are the Colorado Avalanche, who return to the Central Division after spending the 2020/2021 season competing in the West Division. Also joining them in the West are new boys Seattle Kraken and Arizona Coyotes. After falling at the penultimate Western Conference hurdle to the Vegas Golden Knights last campaign, following an emphatic victory over the St .Louis Blues, the likes of Nathan MacKinnon and Phillip Grubaer will be eager to go at least two steps better this year. Other teams tipped to challenge Colarado Avalanche for the Western Conference title include Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. 

Who is favourite to win the Stanley Cup?

Our NHL odds make Colorado Avalanche favourite to win the Stanley Cup, followed by Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs. Many felt Colorado were the best team in the league in 2020/21, despite falling in the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season. The Avalanche’s biggest challenge is likely to come from Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be aiming for a third consecutive Stanley Cup win. However, the Lightning have lost all three members of their third line in Yanni Gourde, Barclay Goodrow and Blake Coleman. Replacing the three defensive grinders will be no mean feat, even for a franchise of the Bolts’ standing.  

At Betway, you can bet on who you think will win the Stanley Cup at any time throughout the pre-season regular season, playoffs, and even the series and final game. 

2021/2022 NHL season 

The current holders of the Stanley Cup are Tampa bay Lightning who claimed the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive season, and a fourth time in their history. After defeating the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes in the first and second round of the playoffs respectively, a Conference Final win over the Vegas Golden Knights set the Bolts up for a Stanley Cup triumph over Montreal Canadiens.

Will the Lightning win a historic third consecutive Stanley Cup in the 2021/2022 NHL season? Or will the Colorado Avalanche usurp them for a triumph of their own? And how will brand new franchise Seattle Kraken fare in their debut campaign?

National Hockey League

The Windsor Hotel in Montreal, Canada is considered the birthplace of the NHL, being the venue for the meeting that formalised the first running of the league in 1917. Over 100 years later, the Windsor Hotel is no more, but the organisation continues to go from strength to strength, and a modern and vibrant venue for NHL betting has been established at Betway. With the best available NHL odds and NHL betting lines available 24/7, why not make Betway your home of Ice Hockey betting? 

At its inception the league comprised just four teams – all of them from Canada. It is for this reason that the word ‘National’ was employed in the league’s name, and it endures to this day despite now featuring teams from two nations – Canada and the USA.

Structure

In today’s game, 31 teams compete in the NHL, divided into two conferences, with 16 competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 in the Western Conference. Each conference is further split into two divisions, with the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions forming the Eastern Conference; and the Central and Pacific Divisions forming the Western. The incorporation of a 32nd team has been approved to take place in 2021, with the Seattle Kraken set to join the Pacific Division. But no matter where the puck is dropping, across the divisions, around the US and Canada, from Florida to Edmonton and San Jose to Boston, Betway is on hand to offer you the very best in NHL betting. 

An NHL season is divided into three sections: preseason, consisting of exhibition games; regular season, in which teams play each other in a pre-set schedule; and postseason (also known as the playoffs), in which the best-performing teams from each division compete in knockout competition to decide the winners of the coveted Stanley Cup. And whatever the stage you enter the action, whatever the fixture, you can rest assured that Betway is constantly monitoring the markets to bring you NHL betting odds that are second-to-none.

History

With 24 Stanley Cup Championships, the Montreal Canadiens are the most decorated team in the NHL. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale stand the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who – as the newest franchise in the league – have the fewest wins and fewest points in the history of the competition.

The legendary Henri Richard contributed to 11 of those triumphant Montreal seasons to become the most decorated player to date, but the undisputed all-time star player of the NHL is ‘The Great One’ himself, Wayne Gretzky. Despite winning just four Stanley Cups and retiring in 1999, the Canadian holds 60 of the individual records listed in the League’s Official Guide and Record Book to this day, including the most career goals (894) and most goals in a season (92, in 1981-82). As a personality on and off the ice, Gretzky’s selfless style and unrivalled athleticism did much to advance interest in the NHL and the sport of Ice Hockey as a whole. And when your interest in Ice Hockey betting has peaked, and you want to bet on the NHL, you might soon be referring to Betway as ‘The Great One’, thanks to our array of NHL betting lines at your disposal.  

Trophy

Recognised globally, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the former Governor General of Canada, who donated an ornamental silver bowl as an award to Canada’s top ranking Ice Hockey team. First awarded in 1893, the trophy pre-dates the NHL itself by over 20 years. The modern Stanley Cup, comprising a copy of the original bowl atop a five-banded plinth bearing the engraved names of the 65 most-recent winners has been the league’s prize since 1958. The trophy is the subject of numerous myths and legends, with a popular superstition holding that it is bad luck for any player to touch the cup until his team has rightfully won it. And whether your own instinct leads you to study the stats or to put your trust in superstition, Betway has the NHL betting lines that you need, when you need them.

NHL Picks and Predictions

Packed with analysis and tips from a range of industry insiders, veteran sports gamblers and seasoned journalists such as Chris Peters, our multi- award-winning blog, the Betway Insider, is the go-to guide for anyone looking to get the inside track, and should become your primary source for NHL picks and predictions

Dividing their time between working out the stats that matter to formulate their picks, and compiling them into informative and entertaining articles, the Betway Insider team puts together a blog that’s as good a read as it is a source of betting recommendations.

And the Betway Insider’s coverage extends far beyond the realm of NHL picks, with features on every aspect of betting and tips on a whole range of other sports, such as NBA, UFC and NFL.

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