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One of the biggest changes in ice hockey betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live ice hockey matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed ice hockey matches from across the globe every single week.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BET365 LIVE STREAMING: Watch and bet on ice hockey live at bet365 > live streaming > ice hockey (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)


Ice hockey's popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the sport all year round, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does offer advice on what bets you should place on ice hockey, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their ice hockey betting odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.


The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time that you can use to bet on ice hockey (subject to terms & conditions)...


Outright betting on the NHL (National Hockey League) remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in ice hockey, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NHL outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as Stanley Cup WInners, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NHL prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...


The NHL Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the Stanley Cup Finals and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you could bet on the 2018/19 Winner market as soon as the 2017/18 season was over – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NHL team is available at backable odds in this market – even the front-runners – but odds will fluctuate throughout the season so if you confident about one of the favourites getting the job done, you might want to jump on them early. And if you really fancy an outsider, it may not pay to leave it too long because if they hit a very good run of form, their price will shorten.

Conference Winner

Much like the NFL and the NBA, the NHL is split into two conferences with 16 teams competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 competing in the Western Conference. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the Stanley Cup Finals, you just need to back the team that will have the best record in their conference at the end of the season. Just like the Winner market, every NHL team is available at backable odds at the start of the season, but as the campaign unfolds and teams either do well or struggle, those odds will fluctuate.

Division Winner

Just like the NFL and NBA, not only is the NHL separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into two divisions. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions may have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.


Betting on the ice hockey has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Hockey League here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NHL games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single day throughout the season.

Here we run down the main NHL match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NHL because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if the Philadelphia Flyers were favourites for a game against the New Jersey Devils, the bookies could give the Flyers a -1.5 handicap with the Devils +1.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 1.5 goals off Philadelphia’s total or add 1.5 to New Jersey’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Flyers -1.5 and they won 3-1, they would still be 1.5-1 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 2-1, after the 1.5 goals were removed they would be 0.5-1 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed New Jersey +1.5 and they lost 2-1, you would be a winner because the Devils would be 2.5-2 winners once you add those 1.5 goals on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Over/Under Betting

You can also bet on markets like Total Goals. The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many goals you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

So, for example, if you expect to see at least five goals when the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning, you would go for Over 4.5 Total Goals. It would not matter if the two teams combined for five goals, eight goals or 10 goals, as long as at least five were scored you would be a winner. And of course, if you expected to see less than five you would go Under 4.5, meaning your bet would be a winner if the two teams combined for four goals or less.

Odds will vary depending on the likelihood of a flurry of goals or a lack of them, and that means the bigger the risk with the Over/Under you select, the bigger the reward if your bet is a winner. Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on the NHL and these markets are available for every match-up from opening night right through to, and including, the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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