NHL Hockey betting odds 2019
Before placing your wager according to the NHL betting lines, you should consider the current NHL standings below. Here are the final Stanley Cup playoff standings for the 2018-19 NHL regular season:
|1.Tampa Bay Lightning||82||128|
|2. Calgary Flames||82||107|
|3. Boston Bruins||82||107|
|4. Washington Capitals||82||104|
|5. New York Islanders||82||103|
|6. San Jose Sharks||82||101|
|7. Toronto Maple Leafs||82||100|
|8. Nashville Predators||82||100|
|9. Pittsburgh Penguins||82||100|
|10. Winnipeg Jets||82||99|
|11. Carolina Hurricanes||82||99|
|12. St. Louis Blues||82||99|
|13. Columbus Blue Jackets||82||98|
|14. Dallas Stars||82||93|
|15. Vegas Golden Knights||82||93|
|16. Colorado Avalanche||82||90|
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|17. Montreal Canadiens||82||96|
|18. Arizona Coyotes||82||86|
|19. Florida Panthers||82||86|
|20. Chicago Blackhawcks||82||84|
|21. Minnesota Wild||82||83|
|22. Philadelphia Flyers||82||82|
|23. Vancouver Canucks||82||81|
|24. Anaheim Ducks||82||80|
|25. Edmonton Oilers||82||79|
|26. New York Rangers||82||78|
|27. Buffalo Sabres||82||76|
|28. Detroit Red Wings||82||74|
|29. New Jersey Devils||82||72|
|30. Los Angeles Kings||82||71|
|31. Ottawa Senators||82||64|
- 01Available NHL Vegas Odds
- 02NHL Odds Explained
- 03How does the NHL 2018-19 season work
- 04All-time NHL Hockey Champions
Available NHL Vegas Odds
As the most popular sport in this great nation, NHL betting in Canada is a big business. From preseason action in September to the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL Vegas odds are available on every game. NHL Vegas lines also are offered on NHL futures, team props and player props throughout the National Hockey League season into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Remember, lines and betting options adjust throughout the year. Once a team is eliminated from the playoffs, they disappear from NHL futures.
NHL Odds Explained
There are many types of available NHL Odds. We explain to you the most popular hockey odds below.
The most popular NHL game odds available is the moneyline. NHL moneylines simply entail picking what team will win the game outright. As a generally competitive league, NHL moneylines on favourites often open between -140 and -180, with underdogs around +120 to +150.
The closest games are between division rivals close to each other in the standings. When the Anaheim Ducks visited the Vancouver Canucks late in the 2018-19 season (and the teams were only a two apart in the standings), Vegas opened the Ducks at +115 and the Canucks at -135.
When NHL game odds are this close, the difference is typically due to home-ice advantage.
When the best team in the league plays the one of the worst, the lines can open much further apart. When the history-chasing Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the woeful Ottawa Senators in March 2019, the Lightning opened at -500 on the moneyline, and Ottawa was the underdog at +400. NHL odds these far apart are rare in the NHL and only occur a few times per season.
NHL Puck Line
Another betting option available on NHL games throughout the regular season and playoffs is the puck line. The puck line is a fixed 1.5 point spread on hockey games. The puck line turns NHL moneyline favourites (any team opening from -115 to -300) into underdogs. In the 2018-19 NHL season, about 41.5% of games were decided by one goal. The large number of single goal games can make the puck line a trickier bet than merely picking a winner on the moneyline.
NHL Over Under
Outside of the moneylines, the most popular bets on NHL hockey games is over/under wagers (also sometimes referenced as game total lines). Hockey odds on most NHL over/under lines are -110 for both options (with odds adjusting if the public is hammering one side). With a recent increase in scoring, the average over/under line is opening at 6.0. Even lines of 7.0 are popping up on sportsbooks websites. One example of a 7.0 in the NHL in 2019 came when the two worst defensive teams, the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks, met in February. By the end of the first period, the over had already hit, and by the end, the Chicago Blackhawks won 8-7.
NHL Futures and Props
Most online sportsbooks offer Canadian a range of NHL futures and props to wager every NHL season. The most popular prop is what team will win the Stanley Cup. Odds for the Stanley Cup winner open in the summer (not too long after the end of the NHL playoffs) and remain available right up to the end of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.
Odds on the Stanley Cup winner change throughout the season. Before the start of the 2018-19 NHL season, many Vegas and online sportsbooks had the Toronto Maple Leafs at +650 as their favourite to win the Cup.
By the time the playoffs were ready to start, the Tampa Bay Lightning (+190) moved to the top, while the Leafs fell into a tie with the Washington Capitals for the eighth best odds at winning the Cup.
Futures on teams are not the only option available. Many online sportsbooks offer props on players. One prop bet that draws attention every season is on the NHL Rookie of the Year. As these players are unproven on the NHL level, Rookie of the Year odds offer reasonable prices and can turn a profit, even when betting on a few different options. Other popular player prop bets include the NHL MVP (Hart Trophy winner) and the NHL's Top Goalscorer.
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How does the NHL 2018-19 season work
With an uptick in goals per game, highly competitive playoff race and plenty of players surpassing milestones, the 2018-19 NHL season is not soon be forgotten. The biggest story has to be, the NHL best bet all year, Tampa Bay Lightning and their historic season.
The Lightning decimated the competition in 2018-19, moving to the consensus pick as the Stanley Cup favourite and spending nearly the entire season atop any coherent power rankings. Whether the Lightning’s success continues into the playoffs remains to be seen.
Only two number 1 seeds from either Conference have won a Stanley Cup since the 2004-05 lockout season.
A win places them with the greatest NHL teams in NHL history. A loss makes them a footnote and strengthens hockey narrative of “anything can happen once the playoffs start.”
Outside the Lightning, the increase in scoring is the biggest story in the NHL. Excluding the first season after the 2004-05 lockout, the 2018-19 NHL season is the highest scoring since 1995-96. The increase in goal means more exciting NHL games and a handful of star players reaching new career highs in goals and points, including the biggest free agent signing of 2018, John Tavares from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Expect betting trends in the NHL playoffs to reflect the increase in goals during the regular season.
All-time NHL Hockey Champions
Let's have a quick look at the all-time NHL champions. The Montreal Canadiens is the most successful NHL franchise.
Most Stanley Cups All-Time
- Montreal Canadiens 24
- Toronto Maple Leafs 13
- Detroit Red Wings 11
- Boston Bruins 6
- Chicago Blackhawks 6
While total Stanley Cups won is a great indicator of a team’s overall success, changing focus to the post NHL-WHA merger paints a different picture of the league and its competitiveness. When the NHL and WHA merged at the start of the 1979-80 season, the number of playoff teams increased from 12 to 16. With 16 teams in the playoffs, the chances of upsets increase and improve the overall competitive balance of the league. Since the merger 17 franchises have won at least one Stanley Cup.
Total Stanley Cups Since NHL-WHA Merger in 1979-80
- Edmonton Oilers 5
- Pittsburgh Penguin 5
- Detroit Red Wings 4
- New York Islanders 4
- Chicago Blackhawks 3
- New Jersey Devils 3
- Colorado Avalanche 2
- Los Angeles Kings 2
- Montreal Canadiens 2
- Anaheim Ducks 1
- Boston Bruins 1
- Calgary Flames 1
- Caroline Hurricanes 1
- Dallas Stars 1
- New York Rangers 1
- Tampa Bay Lightning 1
- Washington Capitals 1