Different Types of Bets
Like any other sport, there are many different types of bets on hockey games. But there are some different types of wagers compared to sports like football and basketball. Let’s take a look at the different bets you can make.
Moneyline: This is the easiest and most common type of hockey bet. With the moneyline, you’re simply betting on which team will win the game. If your team loses, you lose. It’s that simple. But you must understand that the odds are rarely equal.
In each game, there is a favorite and an underdog. You’ll win more money, if your team wins, by betting the underdogs. But you’re likely to win a higher percentage of games betting favorites.
Totals (Over/Under): Another common way of getting action on hockey games is to bet on the totals, more frequently referred to as the over/under. In each game, you can bet on how many goals will be scored. Most of the time, the over/under will be between 5 and 6 goals. The reason for that is that most hockey games end with a total of 5-6 goals scored, or close to it.
Puck Line: NHL puck lines are a bit like baseball run lines. If you don’t want to bet the moneyline because you are worried your team might lose, you can bet the puck line but you’ll get lower odds. The favorite is typically set at -1.5, which means that team must win by at least two goals or the bet is a loss. The underdog is +1.5, which means that team can’t lose by more than one goal.
If you’re good at spotting games that are likely to go into overtime – usually these are games between two evenly matched teams – you can make a killing betting the underdog with the puck line. If the game goes into overtime, and you bet the dog, you can’t lose because the most goals a team can lose by in OT is one.
Grand Salami: If you love hockey more than life itself and enjoy gambling just as much, this is the perfect type of bet for you. With the Grand Salami, you bet on how many goals will be scored during an entire day of NHL action.
Other Types of Hockey Bets
The above wagers are the most common types. But there are many other ways to get action on hockey games, such as these:
Stanley Cup Winner: This is a type of futures wager where you pick the team that will win the Stanley Cup. You can place this bet at any time during the season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the odds you’ll get will usually be best before the season starts.
Draw No Bet: If you are concerned the game might end in a tie/draw, you can bet on Draw No Bet instead of the moneyline. If the game does end in a draw, you get your money back instead of losing it.
Anytime Goalscorer: If you feel a certain player is a good matchup against an opposing team, you can bet on that player to score a goal during regulation. However, if the goal occurs in overtime, you lose the bet. It must happen during regulation.
Enhanced Odds: If you’re a regular gambler at a certain sportsbook, they may offer you what’s called enhanced odds. These are separate wagers that other customers can’t get. But they aren’t available to new customers, in most cases, unless you’re a heavy gambler looking for some major action.
Player to Score 2 or More: This one is self-explanatory. You can even wager on a player to score at least twice during the game. The odds are great but the likelihood of winning this bet is usually low.
Anytime Wincast: A wincast bet involves both a certain team winning the game and a select player scoring a goal during regulation. You must accurately predict both outcomes our your bet is a loss.
First Goalscorers (Coupled): You are betting on which player will score the first goal of the game. You can also bet on “No Goalscorer,” which is won if no one scores a goal and the game ends in a 0-0 tie.
Both Teams to Score: All you need is both teams to score at least one goal during the game and you win your bet. It doesn’t matter how many goals are scored, just that each team gets on the board.
1st Period Betting: If you don’t care to stick around for the entire contest, you can bet on the outcome of the 1st period. With this type of bet, what happens in the 2nd and 3rd periods and overtime don’t matter.
60 Minute Goals (Odd/Even): Many roulette players enjoy this type of wager. You can bet on if the combined goals scored will be an odd or even number. But only regulation goals count.
Hat-Trick: If you’re really confident in a certain player, bet on that individual to pick up a hat trick, which is three goals in one game.
Puck Line Handicap: Most puck lines are set at 1.5 goals, but you can get that down (or up) a bit but the odds will be decreased.
Conference Winner: There are two NHL conferences – Eastern and Western. You can bet on which team will win either conference as a futures wager.
Winning Margin: If you’re good at guessing how many goals a team will win by, bet on the winning margin. But you must be exactly correct or you lose.
Team to Score 1st Goal: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how this wager works. It’s all right there in the title.
Double Chance: This is sort of like a parlay except you can lose one outcome and still win the bet. You select three types of wagers and must win two of them.
NHL Prop Bets: Everyone loves a good prop bet. These are wagers that don’t impact the outcome of a game, such as how many assists a specific player will have.
3-Way Bets: You bet one three possible outcomes – the home team to win, the other team to win, or a tie.
Period Totals: Much like we already talked about with the over/under except you’re betting on how many goals will be scored in a specific period.
Highest Scoring Period: Before the game starts, you can predict which period will be the highest scoring.