Think of sport in Canada and the chances are that the first one that springs to mind is Ice Hockey. Nothing surpasses the NHL (National Hockey League) in terms of popularity and that also applies to Canadian sports betting.
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Free NHL Pick for Thursday October 19th 2017
Chicago Blackhawks (+112) v Edmonton Oilers (+208) – Draw (+298)
Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers are two of the leading Stanley Cup contenders according to the outright betting market, although after winning their season opener, the Oilers have now lost four straight.
The Oilers cause hasn’t been helped by forward Leon Draisaitl being ruled out of late with an eye injury that is creating concussion symptoms.
By contrast the Blackhawks are going along quite nicely at the top of the Central Division ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the St. Louis Blues.
The Oilers did win two of three meetings between the teams last season, including a 3-1 victory at the United Center in February, but they will be hard pushed to take anything on current form.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (+112)
Free NHL Pick for Friday October 20th 2017
Anaheim Ducks v Montreal Canadiens
The Anaheim Ducks and the Montreal Canadiens are both among the potential dark horses to win the Stanley Cup in the outright betting, although neither team has started the season particularly well.
The Ducks have struggled badly for goals so far this term, averaging a pitiful 2.0 per game. Even so, that’s still better than the Canadiens have mustered to date, with them averaging just 1.5 goals per game. It all goes to suggest that goals could be at a premium in this encounter.
Home advantage and marginally better early form points to a win for the Anaheim Ducks being the likeliest outcome in this one.
Pick: Anaheim Ducks
Free NHL Picks for Saturday October 21st 2017
Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs
Both the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs have started the new campaign fairly impressively, with the Senators looking particularly strong defensively in conceding at a rate of just 1.80 goals per game at the time of writing (the 2nd best average in the NHL).
However, the Maple Leafs sit top of the stats table for goals and are second in the power play percentage table at the time of writing, so something has to give here.
The Senators have had a distinct advantage in recent meetings between the two teams, winning no fewer than 11 of the last 12 games between the two.
Even so, we’re backing Auston Matthews and his Maple Leafs to win this one.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs
Calgary Flames v Minnesota Wild (Saturday 21 October)
It’s been a very solid start to the season for the Calgary Flames and a slightly disappointing one for the Minnesota Wild.
The Flames have won four of their last five matches ahead of Thursday’s, very winnable, encounter at home to the Carolina Hurricanes.
That form certainly bodes well for the Flames coming into this game, particularly as the Wild also have injury problems, with three of their forwards – Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Marcus Foligno – all ruled out at present.
That being the case, backing the Calgary Flames for the win in this one is the bet to have.
Pick: Calgary Flames
Free NHL Pick for Sunday October 22nd 2017
Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks (Sunday 22 October)
Expectations are not particularly high for either the Detroit Red Wings or the Vancouver Canucks this season, with both teams rated among the outsiders for the Stanley Cup. The reality is that getting beyond the regular season would be an achievement for either team.
To their credit, both teams have made a reasonable start to the season, in particular the Red Wings, whose defensive record at the time of writing was the 7th best in the NHL.
The Red Wings won both times the teams met last season and with this game being at Little Caesars Arena, they look to be the team to side with in this one too.
Pick: Detroit Red Wings
More NHL Betting Info
There are numerous NHL betting markets available when it comes to ice hockey betting on an individual game, with the ‘Money Line’ being the most popular. This is simply a bet on which team will win.
In addition to these NHL lines, another popular betting market is the Handicap or, as it is known in NHL betting, the ‘Puck Line’. There are a range of other markets you can wager on too, such as the ‘Highest Scoring Period’ and ‘Correct Score’.
Should you prefer, you can also back the ‘3-Way Money Line’ in Regular Time, which includes the possibility of the draw.
It’s worth noting that NHL betting can be settled on the final score including overtime (including any penalty shootout if required) or excluding overtime, depending on the terms of the specific market in question.
For those willing to tie their money up for a longer period of time, you can also wager on the long-term markets over the course of the NHL season, both from a team and individual perspective.
NHL Betting Odds
The Money Line is the most popular form of NHL betting, with it being a case of simply picking the winner of any given match. For any betting novices out there, the NHL Lines prices can look somewhat confusing at first. In reality they are fairly straightforward, with the team being the favorite to win being assigned a negative value, whilst the underdog is given a positive value.
For example, in a game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, the Canucks might be given odds of +150, whilst the Sharks might be available at -180. That would equate to the Canucks being the underdogs, so were you to wager $10 on them to win the match (+150), you would be looking at a profit of $15 if they won. Had you backed them with $100 and they won, you would be looking at a $150 profit. Were you to back the Sharks (-180), you would have to wager $18 to win $10 or $180 to win $100.
NHL Betting Offers
NHL betting is available on every game throughout the season, but there are also plenty of popular long-term hockey betting markets available too, so here’s a quick rundown of just a few of those available to wager on:
- Stanley Cup Winner – Which team will win the season’s ultimate prize?
- Eastern Conference Winner – Who will secure the Eastern Conference title at the end of the regular season?
- Western Conference Winner – Who will claim the Western Conference title at the end of the regular season?
- Top regular season point-scorer
- Calder Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the player selected as Rookie of the Year (i.e. in his first year of competition in the NHL)
- Hart Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the NHL’s MVP (the player judged most valuable to his team in the NHL over the course of the regular season)
- James Norris Memorial Trophy – Awarded to the best defenceman during the regular season
- Rocket Richard Trophy – Awarded to the top goalscorer during the Regular Season
- Vezina Trophy – Awarded to the top goalie during the regular season
NHL Betting Tips
Over the course of the NHL season, http://www.Onlinesportbetting.ca will provide regular NHL betting tips and predictions.
It promises to be a thrilling battle for the Stanley Cup, with Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild vying for favoritism in the current NHL odds, but with Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers all very much in contention.