NHL Betting News
NHL betting is legal in almost two dozen states across the US. As the NHL hopes for a more normal season in 2021, NHL bettors will be able to place online bets on both games and players as well as the Stanley Cup.
Let’s break down NHL online betting in detail so you’re prepared to win big once hockey starts.
Best NHL Betting Sites
Fortunately, there are many states that have already legalized sports wagering and launched mobile sports betting apps and retail NHL sportsbooks. For an up-to-date list of states with legal sportsbooks and the sportsbooks available in those states, see our Guide To Sports Betting Apps In The US.
DraftKings is well known for sports betting in general but it’s a particularly good choice for NHL sports betting. As one of the largest sportsbooks in the industry, you’ll find deep betting markets both before and throughout the hockey season (plus a wide array of futures bets for who will win the Stanley Cup).
Beyond that, the DraftKings mobile app is user-friendly and intuitive. It offers easy betting throughout the season and even during live gaming events. Players should take advantage of the mobile-only NHL betting pools. When it comes to betting variety, there’s no one better – DraftKings already has futures bets for both players and teams available and waiting!
FanDuel is another well-known and robust sportsbook that offers an intuitive mobile app with easy navigation and betting slip access. Furthermore, it offers excellent live betting through its desktop streaming service where you can place wagers right in the heart of the action.
It provides a good spread of NHL game lines and odds are usually consistent with those of DraftKings. Regular promotions are offered to spice up the action from time to time.
BetMGM is a relatively recent sportsbook but it’s a great choice for hockey wagering. It offers an extensive array of game lines and bets, plus makes creating your own parlay bet quick and easy through the betting slip you can access on the side of the screen.
The app and desktop sites are both player-friendly since you can easily access favored or “featured” bets right on the home page. Jumping into the action is quite easy with this sportsbook.
What To Look For On An NHL Betting Site
Any great sports betting site with NHL wagers should have excellent odds and available game lines, first and foremost. Hockey may not be as popular in America as it is in Canada, but that’s no reason you should settle for shallow betting markets when there are plenty of betting sites with more varied NHL game picks.
You’ll also want to look for betting sites that offer great promotions, plus offers specific to NHL lines. For instance, some sportsbooks like DraftKings provide mobile-only NHL wagers. Others might offer bets for which player will be voted the MVP during the playoffs.
If your NHL betting strategies have a focus on long-term action, be sure to find a sportsbook or betting site that allows you to place a future bet on who will win the Stanley Cup this season.
NHL Gambling Bonus Offers
Opening bonuses are common incentives to draw in new bettors. Try to find a sportsbook or betting site with one of the following bonuses to benefit:
- Deposit match – these bonuses will match your initial deposit up to a certain percentage or capped amount. You’ll likely need to play through any winnings from this deposit match amount one or more times before you can make a withdrawal, however
- Risk-free bets – these bonuses will recoup your wagered amount up to a capped limit if you lose your first wager
- Free bets – these bonuses will provide you with a number of small free bets (usually valued at around $5 or so). You must usually use the bets individually and cannot combine their values for a single larger bet
Additionally, many of the best NHL betting apps will have promotions that reward you with site credit or free bets for referring a friend.
How To Sign Up For An NHL Betting App
Signing up for an NHL betting app is quick and easy. Use our site or others to determine which sportsbook will be a good pick for your bets this season.
If you’re on an iPhone device:
- Type the name of the betting app you want into the App Store search bar
- Download the app once you find it
If you’re on an Android device:
- Type the name of the betting app you want into the Google search bar. The Play Store does not allow gambling apps at all
- Find the “download” section of the sportsbook’s size
- Download the mobile app and install it on your Android device
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can complete the registration process by providing a few pieces of personal information like your Social Security number, your address, and your date of birth. Depending on the state you live in, you may need to visit a retail casino to complete the registration process (Illinois, for example, requires this, though most states do not).
After registration is complete, you can then make an initial deposit and claim any opening bonus if applicable. Bank transfers or credit or debit card deposits are usually the fastest means of funding your account.
Once your account is funded, you can start placing NHL bets right away. Some sportsbooks might provide you with NHL betting tips depending on the one you pick, so choose wisely.
Types of NHL Bets That Can Be Placed
Great NHL sportsbooks will let you place a variety of bets both before and during games.
NHL Moneyline Bets
NHL Moneyline bets are quick and straightforward. You just bet on who will win. You’ll get more winnings if you bet on the underdog. This wager type is distinct since your team must win the game in order for you to win the bet.
NHL Parlay Bets
Want to make things even more interesting? Try placing an NHL parlay bet with your favorite sportsbook. Parlay bets will have you link multiple individual wagers together. In order to win the wager, you’ll need to win each “leg” or wager assigned under the parlay. You can wager, for example, on your favorite team winning three matches in a row.
NHL Betting Over/Under
NHL over/under bets will let you bet on total goals scored over the course of a match as opposed to the overall victor. For instance, you can place a wager that the total goals scored during a match will be either over five goals or under six goals. You’ll win more money based on how likely or unlikely an outcome is.
NHL Futures Bets
An NHL futures bet will let you place a wager on a future event or game outcome. The most popular NHL futures bet type is who will win the Stanley Cup finals game. But you can also place futures bets on playoff results or which teams will make it to the playoff brackets.
NHL Point Spread Bets
You can “bet the spread” of an NHL game. These wagers are also called “puck line” bets. In a nutshell, you’ll bet on a team doing better than expected based on the point spread assigned to them, which is created via oddsmakers who assign them certain chances of winning.
Note that you can win a point spread bet during a hockey game if you bet on the underdog and the favorite team doesn’t win by the point spread assigned to them. Betting on the underdog is actually easier since you’ll win if the underdog team loses, ties, or the favorite team doesn’t beat them by the point spread amount.
Learn more about NHL odds.
NHL Prop Bets
NHL prop bets are incredibly fun and require you to place a bet on a particular outcome. This allows oddsmakers to come up with prop bets that include more creativity than normal.
- how many minutes a player spends in a penalty box
- whether a player will be injured
- which player will be voted MVP at the end of the season
- whether a particular player will score one or more goals
NHL player prop bets are among the most popular options for sports betting enthusiasts.
NHL Live Betting
Live or in-game betting is provided by a number of popular sportsbooks. These wagers take place during a game and the bets concern in-game events, making them an exciting way to enjoy the visceral, moment-to-moment action of hockey.
In-play betting is normally allowed in states with legalized sports betting, though there are a couple of exceptions. For instance, Virginia doesn’t allow any in-play betting for collegiate games whatsoever.
Some mobile sportsbooks, like FanDuel, allow you to live stream games and make in-game bets right from the mobile app.
NHL Playoff Betting
The NHL playoffs are always a time of great speculation and excitement. You can place futures bets based on which teams will make it to the playoff series and which players will ultimately win to go to the championship series.
Most sportsbooks that offer NHL betting, in general, will also offer playoff betting pools. When betting on the NHL playoffs, remember: the earlier you make a prediction on futures bets, the greater your potential payout will be.
NHL Finals Betting
Similarly, NHL finals betting is one of the big attracting factors for this sport. You can place early futures bets on the finals results and participants as early as a couple of weeks before the season begins. The earlier you wager, the greater your potential winnings.
It’s a good idea to check the odds for the various teams before placing a wager about finals outcomes. Note that odds concerning ultimate victors will change as oddsmakers update their predictions and incorporate seasonal developments, like player injuries or winning streaks.
FAQs – How To Find NHL’s Best Bets
Yes, so long as it’s in any state with legalized sports betting.
You can place wagers on the NHL’s games and draft picks at licensed and regulated sportsbooks. You can also sometimes place wagers at retail sportsbooks found at licensed casinos.
You’ll typically need to be 21 years of age or older to participate in any kind of sports betting, including NHL wagering.
No. However, most successful sportsbooks offer at least some NHL game lines. The sport is still popular in the US even though Canadians have more passion for the game that Americans.
Yes. Licensed and regulated betting apps are overseen by state lotteries or other administrative organizations that:
- Make sure the sportsbooks have digital security
- Investigate the sportsbooks for fraud
- Act as regulatory bodies in case players have issues withdrawing their winnings
Check the odds on Gaming Today or your favorite sportsbook. This will give you the information you need to make educated betting decisions and win big this season.