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Betting 101

1. Point Spread
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
2. Favorites vs. Underdogs
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
3. Over/Under
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
4. Moneyline Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
5. Public Bet % vs Money %
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
6. Open vs. Current Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
7. What is a Parlay?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
8. What is a Teaser?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
9. What is a Unit?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Point Spread

The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Where can I bet on the NHL?

If you’re in a U.S. state with legal, online sports betting, you have multiple options:

  • DraftKings offers a wide range of NHL player props. Because the NHL season offers so many games, there are many valuable proposition-betting opportunities which target the performance of an individual player, not the final result of a game.
  • FanDuel has the best prices on NHL futures bets, like wagering on which team will win the 2020 Stanley Cup.
  • PointsBet lets bettors try points betting, where payouts increase the more the bet wins by, and vice versa.

Read our sportsbook reviews for more information, including exclusive sign-up bonuses and valuable promo codes.

How Can I Win Betting on the NHL?

Because the NHL’s long season can produce many unpredictable outcomes, savvy hockey bettors can take a small edge -- often via underdogs -- and turn it into significant profits due to the large sample size of games. Bettors can find an edge with The Action Network’s NHL power ratings, historically-profitable betting systems and through our props tool.

How do moneylines work in NHL odds?

A moneyline is simply betting on which team will win a game outright. Everything in American moneyline odds is based on winning $100. So if the Lightning are -150 favorites against the Penguins, bettors would earn a profit of $100 for every $150 risked should Tampa win. If the Penguins close at +130 and ultimately win the game, then bettors would cash $130 for every $100 risked.

In a standard moneyline bet, overtime and shootouts are included. However, in the case of a 3-way moneyline bet, bettors are presented with the option for a tie in addition to each team, and the bet is graded at the end of regulation. You can use our odds converter to calculate NHL moneyline winnings.

What is a puck line or point spread in NHL betting?

Point spreads, also known as puck lines in NHL betting, are bets on the final margin of victory. Let’s assume the Tampa Bay Lightning are listed at -1.5 on the puck line against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If Tampa wins by two goals or more, Lightning backers win their bets.

On the other hand, if the Penguins win the game outright or lose by exactly one goal, Pittsburgh would cover the +1.5 puck line and cash for bettors.

What is a total bet in a NHL game?

An NHL total includes betting on how many total goals will be scored in a game.

For example, if the total (also known as the over/under) for a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins is set at 5.5, that means the teams would have to combine for six goals for over bettors to win.

If the final combined score is five goals or fewer, under bettors would win their wagers.