The NHL is a great league to bet on as a gambler, with daily games taking place, plenty of TV coverage, great ways to bet and much more.
You will also notice that when you place a bet, there are many betting markets you can choose from. These range from very simple and basic markets, all the way up to complicated markets that are designed for experts.
But where should you turn as a new player.The most basic advice is to keep it as simple as possible in the early stages of your NHL betting, so which markets offer that?
We have two markets here for beginners, plus one further market that you can move onto when you are looking to progress and make things a little more complex.
The Money Line
This should be the starting point for every new NHL gambler. If you take advantage of a welcome offer and get free bets, use them on this line. You can profit from free bet bonuses offered by the bookmakers to get you off to the best possible start.
The money line is simply who will win the game, and best of all, this is a two-way market so it allows your team to win by any method. A comfortable win in regulation, a win in overtime or a penalty shootout victory all mean the same thing, a win for your bet.
In terms of betting on a team to win the game, there is no other market that offers the same simplicity as this one.
You will notice other win markets out there, and some of those offer bigger odds for victories, however they either add an element or take away a possible winning method.
Rather than going for those, stick with the money line from the start, this is easy and simple to follow.
The Over/Under Total Goals Line
A quick check over the latest NHL news will give you a feel for how to bet in this market, and if you want live games then you are going to be even more knowledgeable.
If you want a simple way to bet on a game that doesn’t require you to pick out a winner then this is it. Here all you are betting on is goals, the line is two-way and you simply choose to go over or under where the line is set.
These are set with a .5 at the end, so for example, a line at 5.5 means you choose either five and under or six and over. This ensures no chance of a draw, there are only two possible outcomes, so you have a 50% chance of getting this right.
You won’t have a strong feeling about the winner in some games, but if you have a strong feeling when it comes to the amount of goals then this market can be used so that you can still bet.
The Puck Line
This is where you can progress to after you have found your feet. This market can be used in a couple of different ways, but to keep things simple at the start, use it to bet on strong favourites who you think are going to win easily.
A look through the NHL game schedule will allow you to pinpoint games where this could happen, so mark them off and look for the odds.
This line uses a fictional handicap, created by the bookmakers and usually set at -1.5 for the team who is favourite. This means they need to win by two clear goals, rather than simply just winning.
Yes, this market makes it harder to back a winner, but the odds on offer are far bigger than the money line, so you can use this to try and enhance your betting profit.