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Smart Ways to Take Your Ice Hockey Betting to the Next Level

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The chance to bet on ice hockey games online has allowed fans of this fast-paced sport to enjoy the action in brand-new ways. While getting started is easy, there are some interesting ways to take the activity to the next level that you might not yet be aware of.

Understand the Different Types of Bets


The moneyline bet is the most popular way of wagering on the outcome of a hockey game. In this case, all you’re doing is choosing which team you believe will win. Let’s look at the example of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Montreal Canadiens. Look for the odds on a game between these teams and you’ll see that one of them is the favorite while the other is the underdog. For the moneyline bet, you choose the team you think will win and that’s all that matters.

Yet, if you dig deeper you’ll see a variety of other wagers, in the same way as in other sports. For some reason, NHL fans haven’t traditionally explored alternative bets in the same way that fans of the NBA and NFL do., but one of the standout options is the puck line wager, which covers a points spread. This is where you’re betting on the winning margin, so you might bet on the Maple Leafs winning -1.5 goals if they’re the favorite, or the Canadiens at +1.5 goals as the underdog.

The totals bet - you might see it called over/under - is where you decide how many goals will be scored in the game. It doesn’t matter which team scores most or who scores first, as you just want to see your overall prediction for the number of goals to work out right. The number of goals scored in NHL games has increased in recent years, with an average of 3.12 goals calculated earlier in 2024, so this wager could become more popular.

Check Out International Leagues and Competitions


It’s easy to see why most North American sports fans concentrate on NHL betting. These are the teams and players we’re most familiar with, and it gives you the chance to wager on your favorites. Having said that, you’ll also find the latest hockey betting odds online for other leagues and competitions around the world. Check out the likes of moneyline and puck lines bets in the IIHF World Championship or look at the upcoming games in the Liiga in Finland or the Swedish Hockey League.

While you might not be immediately familiar with the teams and players, betting on international hockey games has some advantages. Maybe you’ll find a wagering opportunity that not many other bettors have noticed. It could also be an effective way of taking some of the emotion out of hockey betting and allowing you to wager with your head rather than with your heart.

Bet on Live Games as You Watch Them


The traditional way of placing bets in the run-up to a hockey match is still popular. This is an approach that lets you choose when to gamble at a time that suits you, although there’s the risk of betting at the wrong time. For instance, you might decide who you think the winner will be only to be blindsided by an important injury or absence revealed in the latest betting news before the game begins.

Live betting - commonly known as in-play betting - has transformed the industry by giving everyone a chance to place their wagers during the games. This means that we can try to react to changes in momentum and place bets based on what’s actually happening. The emergence of live betting has tied in with live streaming, becoming more widespread, and the official NHL site lets you see at a glance all the different ways you can watch hockey games live in the US, Canada, and other parts of the planet.

Use Futures and Parlays


This look at ice hockey betting also needs to take into account a couple of final ideas that have become massively popular since online sportsbooks have taken off. Parlays are where you make multiple predictions on a single bet slip. It’s a way to get attractive odds and add excitement to several games, as they all need to work out as predicted. Some sportsbooks offer parlay insurance that protects you if one result goes awry, helping make parlays even more popular.

Futures are bets placed on events that won’t occur for some time. The next winner of the Stanley Cup and the MVP who’ll take home the Hart Trophy for the upcoming season are among the most popular NHL future bets you’ll come across.

All of these wagers help to explain why ice hockey betting has become so hugely popular in the last few years. As technology enables us to wager in new ways, expect to see the market continue to grow and diversify.

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