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Online Sports Betting and Hockey

Opportunities for sports betting online with the best game on ice

The monetary fact is that hockey offers bettors good opportunities to win some money. Online sportsbooks underrate ice hockey, which means you can find some bargains when betting on this slippery sport. Betting on hockey, which is similar to betting on baseball, is quite simple.

In online sports betting, hockey offers you three betting options, including money line and over/under. You will find both types of bets in baseball. The third type of hockey bet, the puck line, is similar to the run line in baseball. The puck lines and racing lines are essentially a range of points. The puck line in hockey is almost always plus/minus-1.5 goals. This is what online sports betting lines for NHL hockey look like. As in all line listings, the home team is shown last.

Puck Line - Money Line - Over/Under

Los Angeles +1.5 (-153) +195 Kings

Over 5.5 +102

Under 5.5 -112

Anaheim -1.5 (+143) -215 Ducks

Note how betting opportunities vary depending on whether you bet on the puck line or the money line. With the puck line, Los Angeles is at -153, which means that to win $100 you have to bet $153 on the Kings. For you to win the bet, the Kings have to either win outright or lose by one goal. If you bet on Los Angeles via the money line, which means you get no points, then the Kings are no longer the favorites. Betting $100 on Los Angeles to win outright can result in a profit of $195.

If you pick the Ducks to under 1.5 goals, you’d put $100 into your online sports book, betting that Anaheim will win by more than one goal. The Ducks are the underdogs because they have to overcome an automatic deficit. If you decide to go with a straight money line, Anaheim becomes the favorite club and you would now need to wager $215 with your online sportsbook to win $100.

The over/under for most NHL games is 5 or 5.5 goals. Why? Well, this season the average number of goals scored in a game is 5 to 5.5, plus or minus a tenth of a goal. Check the stats carefully before placing any sports bets and double check team matchups when it comes to betting over/under. Always determine goals for and goals against and be sure to study the numbers of each starting goalkeeper.

In the example above, the Kings and Ducks’ total over/under average after 45 games is 5.6 goals. That makes the over/under bet hard to do anyway since the over/under is 5.5. However, in another matchup, say between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes, an online sports book offering over/under 5.5 is tempting. Betting on the plus makes sense as the total goals averaged by both clubs in this example is 6.2 GPG. The fact is that with hockey, because it is underbet, which means bookmakers often don’t pay as much attention to it as they should, you might find an online sports book that offers 5.5 or even 5 for more/less. Bet the end of that bet!

Finally, remember that spreads and over/unders include any overtime play. In a shootout, a goal is assigned to the winning club. With these basics in mind, take some time to browse through some of the best betting opportunities in NHL hockey.

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