NHL Betting Tips & Previews

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NHL Tips & Predictions

Looking for free NHL predictions and tips? Our experts provide betting tips, predictions, previews and best bets for the biggest ice hockey league in the world throughout the season, the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, widely considered the leading professional ice hockey league in the world.

The NHL is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada alongside the NBA basketball, NFL American Football and MLB baseball.

The NHL currently comprises 31 teams which includes 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The Stanley Cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America and awarded to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

Our NHL experts provide preview and tips which include our NHL bet of the day, first goalscorer tips, anytime goalscorer tips, game total tips, NHL accumulator tips and NHL outright tips.

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Betting on NHL

NHL betting markets are highly lucrative and offer bettors plenty of value in the betting marketplace. The main NHL betting markets include:

NHL Money Line Betting (Win)

The money line or win is the most basic type of bet in NHL. Simply bet on which side will the game, if your team wins the game then you win. And if they lose, you lose.

NHL Handicap Betting (Line, Spread)

A Handicap bet is when NHL teams are given a positive or negative handicap to counter the gap in a team’s ability. A heavy favourite will receive a large negative handicap such as -4.5 and will start from behind in the betting. The opposite applies when a side is a heavy underdog who would receive +4.5, a points head start which is signified by a positive handicap. 

NHL Total Goals Betting

The total goals in NHL refer to the total amount of goals in a match, bet over or under that amount.

NHL Live Streaming

NHL live streaming is a great way to watch all the NHL games no matter where you are. All you need is a digital device and a suitable internet connection. Watch ice hockey on your mobile, tablet, PC or TV with NHL live streams wherever you are.

Our NHL live streaming guide shows you how to watch all of the action throughout each season.

Schedule & NHL Playoffs

It's important to know the NHL schedule if you are to maximise your betting potential. Teams are split in the Eastern and Western Conferences and play on road trips and home stands throughout the season.

The Eastern Conference features the Metropolitan Division and Atlantic Divisions. The Western Conference features the Central Division and Pacific Division. 

It is traditionally an 82-game season with two points awarded for a win, one point for losing in overtime or a shootout, and zero points for a loss in regulation.

At the end of the regular season the team that accumulates the most points in each division is crowned the division champion. The NHL’s overall leader is awarded the Presidents' Trophy. 

The top three teams in each division progress to the playoffs as well as two wild card teams from each conference. These two teams are the best performing of the non-qualifiers.

The playoffs are played as a 16-team knockout competitions with a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series to determine the NHL champions.

In 2021, a change in the structure was announced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teams will play rivals from their own division only in a 56-game regular season.

The top four teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs.


Who won the 2020 NHL?

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2020 NHL by beating the Dallas Stars in the final.

How many teams participate in the NHL?

The NHL consists of a total of 31 teams.

How many Canadian teams participate in the NHL?

There are seven Canadian teams in the NHL, the other 24 are all from the USA.

Who as won the most NHL titles?

The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful NHL team with 24 titles.

What teams play in the NHL?

The 31 teams that play in the NHL are as follows - Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights.