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NHL Hockey Betting

For many Canadians, ice hockey is more a way of life than a sport. Played in schools at all age levels, at clubs, and at a professional level, ice hockey is also the most popular betting sport for avid punters. With ice hockey sports betting, the National Hockey League or NHL provides the bulk of the betting opportunities.

About the NHL

The NHL was actually founded in Canada, and is considered to be the premier ice hockey league in the world. Currently the NHL consists of 31 teams, of which 7 are Canadian and the remaining 24 are based in the US. The teams are split into 2 conferences (East and West), which are then split again into 2 divisions, making a total of 4. For mobile sports betting enthusiasts, the NHL season runs from October to June and provides plenty of betting action with a regular season and a playoff.

The NHL league playoff champion is awarded the Stanley Cup, the most prestigious ice hockey award on the planet. Ice hockey betting provides plenty of opportunities to place both match and league bets.

Basic NHL Bets

For anyone just starting out, the easiest bet to start out with is a money line bet. Essentially, this comes down to predicting which team will win a particular match.

The best mobile sports betting sites also offer over/under bets, parlay bets and prop bets. Over/under bets, also known as line betting is where the betting site will set the total which relates to the total number of goals scored by both teams during the game. Punters can then place a wager on whether the actual total will be above or below the line.

Parlay bets are similar to horse racing bets where multiple hockey bets are placed simultaneously on more than one game. In this case, both bets need to be successful in order to pay out. Prop bets are also popular in ice hockey. These can take the form of individual statistics or game circumstances. Examples of pros can include which team will score first, the total number of shots at goal, defence statistics or a player being sent off.

What to Know Before You Bet

Online sports betting in Canada can be a great way to enhance the excitement of an NHL game and possibly land a big win at the same time. Before placing any large bet, the first step is to make sure you have all the information at your disposal. Ice hockey is a team sport and as such, there are plenty of factors that can influence how a match will turn out.

Important information to consider when placing a bet include if the team has any injuries, where the match is being played (home ground advantage), changes to coaching staff, current form (if the team is on a winning streak), the time between games, as well as previous matchup results. Once you are confident you know which team has the greatest chance of winning, you can access the best sports betting CA sites and look for the most competitive odds on the game.