Ice Hockey is one of the most popular sports in the USA, Canada and Europe. A highly intense contact sport, it requires the skill of individual players, as well as coordinated team strategies in order to be the best. It is not surprising then that online Ice Hockey betting is one of the largest and most profitable markets at all the best sportsbooks.

For those who are new to the sport, we’ve taken a look at popular leagues, wagering options and what to know before you get started. The more you know, the more likely you are to place solid predictions and win big from your bets!

The NHL

While there are plenty of European and international leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) is where the bulk of the Ice Hockey betting takes place. The NHL consists of 31 teams, of which 24 are based in the United States, while 7 teams are based in Canada.

The teams are split into Eastern and Western Conference with 16 teams each. Kicking off in October each year, the NHL season runs through to June with a regular season and the playoffs attracting millions of sports fans and thousands of wagers. The NHL season culminates in the Stanley Cup, which is effectively the Super Bowl of Ice Hockey.

Basic Ice Hockey Bets

With online and mobile sports betting, there are plenty of different types of bets that you can place in Ice Hockey. Future wagers can be played weeks or months ahead of time, and include putting money on which team will win the Stanley Cup. Bets can also be placed on division winners, conference winner, who will make the playoffs and which player will pick up the most goals of the season.

Match bets can also be placed on every single game during the season. The Match winner is simply predicting which team will win the particular event. Many sites also offer over/under wagers. This is where the bookmaker posts a total that is the estimated combine score in the game. Bettors then predict whether the actual combined score will be above or below the total posted.

Ice Hockey Prop Bets

In addition to straight up match wagers, the best sportsbook sites also offer a huge selection of prop bets on individual statistics. These are placed on specific stats and scores within the game.

A good example is Asian handicap or halftime betting where you predict which team will have the highest score at half time. Other options include putting money on which player or team will score first, if anyone will be sent off, which team will have the best defense stats, or how many shots at goal each team will make.

 Depending on the mobile sports betting site you select, there can be dozens of different markets for each game.

What to know Before You Bet

Online Ice Hockey betting can be both fun and rewarding for those who put in the time and effort to learn a bit more about the sport. As with all types of wagering, the more information you have about the players, the sports, the coaches and the league, the more likely you are to make a winning prediction.

Before putting any money down, it is recommended that you review the history of the team as well as their current form. There are many different factors that can influence how a game will turn out. The most important factor to consider is where the match is being played. Home ground advantage plays a major role on how a team performs. Consideration must also be put on if a team has any injuries, if there are any changes to the starting line-up, if the coaching staff has changed and how if a team has had a particularly busy season.

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