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NHL BETTING TIPS's writers will offer free NHL ice hockey betting tips & predictions throughout the 2018/19 NHL season.


One of the biggest changes in NHL 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 NHL 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)


The NHL'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 NHL, 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 NHL 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 UK reviews that you can access HERE, while US customers can check out the best American sportsbooks 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 the NHL (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.


Most Stanley Cup Wins (since 1927): 19 - Montreal Canadiens (1930, 1931, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1993)

Most Consecutive Stanley Cup Wins: 5 - Montreal Canadiens (1956-69)

Most Stanley Cup Defeats (since 1927): 13 - Detroit Red Wings (1934, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2009), Boston Bruins (1927, 1929, 1930, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1988, 1990, 2011, 2013)

Stanley Cup Winners

YearWinnerLoserSeries Result
1927Ottawa SenatorsBoston Bruins2-0-2
1928New York RangersMontreal Maroons3-2
1929Boston BruinsNew York Rangers2-0
1930Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins2-0
1931Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks3-2
1932Toronto Maple LeafsNew York Rangers3-0
1933New York RangersToronto Maple Leafs3-1
1934Chicago Black HawksDetroit Red Wings3-1
1935Montreal MaroonsToronto Maple Leafs3-0
1936Detroit Red WingsToronto Maple Leafs3-1
1937Detroit Red WingsNew York Rangers3-2
1938Chicago Black HawksToronto Maple Leafs3-1
1939Boston BruinsToronto Maple Leafs4-1
1940New York RangersToronto Maple Leafs4-2
1941Boston BruinsDetroit Red Wings4-0
1942Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4-3
1943Detroit Red WingsBoston Bruins4-0
1944Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks4-0
1945Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4-3
1946Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-1
1947Toronto Maple LeafsMontreal Canadiens4-2
1948Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4-0
1949Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4-0
1950Detroit Red WingsNew York Rangers4-3
1951Toronto Maple LeafsMontreal Canadiens4-1
1952Detroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens4-0
1953Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-1
1954Detroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens4-3
1955Detroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens4-3
1956Montreal CanadiensDetroit Red Wings4-1
1957Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-1
1958Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-2
1959Montreal CanadiensToronto Maple Leafs4-1
1960Montreal CanadiensToronto Maple Leafs4-0
1961Chicago Black HawksDetroit Red Wings4-2
1962Toronto Maple LeafsChicago Black Hawks4-2
1963Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4=1
1964Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings4-3
1965Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks4-3
1966Montreal CanadiensDetroit Red Wings4-2
1967Toronto Maple LeafsMontreal Canadiens4-2
1968Montreal CanadiensSt Louis Blues4-0
1969Montreal CanadiensSt Louis Blues4-0
1970Boston BruinsSt Louis Blues4-0
1971Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks4-3
1972Boston BruinsNew York Rangers4-2
1973Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks4-2
1974Philadelphia FlyersBoston Bruins4-2
1975Philadelphia FlyersBuffalo Sabres4-2
1976Montreal CanadiensPhiladelphia Flyers4-0
1977Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-0
1978Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins4-2
1979Montreal CanadiensNew York Rangers4-1
1980New York IslandersPhiladelphia Flyers4-2
1981New York IslandersMinnesota North Stars4-1
1982New York IslandersVancouver Canucks4-0
1983New York IslandersEdmonton Oilers4-0
1984Edmonton OilersNew York Islanders4-1
1985Edmonton OilersPhiladelphia Flyers4-1
1986Montreal CanadiensCalgary Flames4-1
1987Edmonton OilersPhiladelphia Flyers4-3
1988Edmonton OilersBoston Bruins4-0
1989Calgary FlamesMontreal Canadiens4-2
1990Edmonton OilersBoston Bruins4-1
1991Pittsburgh PenguinsMinnesota North Stars4-2
1992Pittsburgh PenguinsChicago Blackhawks4-0
1993Montreal CanadiensLos Angeles Kings4-1
1994New York RangersVancouver Canucks4-3
1995New Jersey DevilsDetroit Red Wings4-0
1996Colorado AvalancheFlorida Panthers4-0
1997Detroit Red WingsPhiladelphia Flyers4-0
1998Detroit Red WingsWashington Capitals4-0
1999Dallas StarsBuffalo Sabres4-2
2000New Jersey DevilsDallas Stars4-2
2001Colorado AvalancheNew Jersey Devils4-3
2002Detroit Red WingsCarolina Hurricanes4-1
2003New Jersey DevilsMighty Ducks Of Anaheim4-3
2004Tampa Bay LightningCalgary Flames4-3
2006Carolina HurricanesEdmonton Oilers4-3
2007Anaheim DucksOttawa Senators4-1
2008Detroit Red WingsPittsburgh Penguins4-2
2009Pittsburgh PenguinsDetroit Red Wings4-3
2010Chicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia Flyers4-2
2011Boston BruinsVancouver Canucks4-3
2012Los Angeles KingsNew Jersey Devils4-2
2013Chicago BlackhawksBoston Bruins4-2
2014Los Angeles KingsNew York Rangers4-1
2015Chicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning4-2
2016Pittsburgh PenguinsSan Jose Sharks4-2
2017Pittsburgh PenguinsNashville Predators4-2
2018Washington CapitalsVegas Golden Knights4-1

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