Hockey betting is becoming more popular each year. This is known as one of the
sports where a smart bettor who practiced proper money management can make some
really huge profits. Once a bettor begins to study and understand Hockey Odds,
he or she can gain a better understanding of how the bookies set their numbers.
The bookies set a lot of these Hockey Odds with the public in mind. They know
the public is going to bet the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers (and other
public teams) every week so there are some great situations to get good numbers
by going against teams like that.
Betting on ice hockey and the NHL online may seem a bit confusing at first
with its terminology differing somewhat from that of other sports wagering -
Canadian Lines, Puck Lines, Money Lines, Totals, etc.
Wagering is simply wagering on the contest based on a given price
rather than a pointspread. The team wagered on simply has to win the game.
Wagering is simply wagering on
the contest based on a pointspread
and a moneyline combined. The team wagered on must win by the pointspread.
Example - Moneyline Wager
The posted moneyline on a hockey game reads:
New Jersey Devils -155
Dallas Stars +135
A player could choose one of two moneyline wagers on this matchup:
If the Devils win then the player laid $155.00 to win $100.00
If the Stars win then the player who bet $100.00 wins $135.00
Example - Puck Line Wager
The posted line on a hockey game reads:
New Jersey Devils -1 1/2 +130
Dallas Stars +1 1/2 -150
A player could choose one of two Puck Line Wagers on this matchup:
Devils -1 1/2 +130
If the Devils win by 2 goals or more, then the player who bet $100.00 wins
Stars +1 1/2 -150
If the Stars win the game, or lose by only one goal, then the player laid
$150.00 to win $100.00
Total (Over/Under) Wagers
On an over/under wager, the total goals of the game by both teams, extra
innings included, must fall over or under the side selected.
Example - Totals Wager
The posted total on a hockey game is:
A player could choose one of two Total (over/under) wagers on this matchup:
Over 4 1/2 +105
If the total goals of both teams combined are more than 4 1/2, then the
player bet $100.00 to win $105.00
Under 4 1/2 -125
If the total goals of both teams combined are less than 4 1/2, then the
player who laid $125.00 wins $100.