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 Daily Pick, Thursday December 7th 2017
Florida Panthers (+180) v Winnipeg Jets (+145) – Draw (+300)
The struggling Florida Panthers host high-flying Winnipeg Jets at the BB&T Center on Thursday evening.
The panthers have registered just 10 victories in 27 games and, unsurprisingly, don’t fare terribly well in any of the key stats either. They’ve also lost their last three matches.
The Jets did suffer a 5-1 thumping at Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, but they are generally a fine attacking team, with Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers all into double figures for goals for the season already. They should have more than enough quality to win this game.
Pick: Winnipeg Jets (+145)
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Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers (Saturday 09 December)
The Montreal Canadiens face Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Centre on Saturday evening in a game between two teams who have both been showing signs of improvement of late.
The Habs had won five games on the spin prior to Tuesday’s 4-3 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.
The Oilers have struggled to live up to the pre-season hype, but had put together a run of four wins in six ahead of Wednesday evening’s game at home to the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s a run in which they have also started to boost their Goals per Game average, with 25 scored in those six matches.
Connor McDavid was back on the ice after illness for practice on Tuesday for the Oilers and with players of his quality at their disposal, the visitors can keep their improved form going here.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers
Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs (Saturday 09 December)
It doesn’t get much tougher than a trip to two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins, so Saturday will see a stern test of the Toronto Maple Leafs own championship credentials.
The Penguins are still to find their best form this season, with Sidney Crosby having a particularly low-key season by his high standards. They also have goalie concerns with first choice Matt Murray recently injured and currently deemed “week to week” in terms of availability. That’s not great news for a team that has struggled defensively this season.
The Maple Leafs have been going well, although four defeats in their last seven matches going into Wednesday’s game at home to Calgary Flames is an indication that there’s no room for complacency. They could struggle to take anything from this game too.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks (Saturday 09 December)
Pacific Division rivals Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks clash at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. It’s a game between two teams with similar records this season, with both winning and losing matches on an almost even split.
The Flames have hit a relatively bad patch of late though, losing five of their last seven games prior to Wednesday’s trip to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
By contrast, the Canucks have hit a good run of form ahead of their Thursday night game at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, having won three matches in succession.
This looks likely to be close, but the Canucks have the momentum and have won nine of 15 on the road this season.
Pick: Vancouver Canucks
Toronto Maple Leafs v Edmonton Oilers (Sunday 10 December)
The big game on Sunday evening sees the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Edmonton Oilers at the Air Canada Center.
After a strong opening third of the season, the Maple Leafs are now one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup, a position the Oilers had been in pre-season.
Much of the focus here will be on the talents of the teams’ respective young stars, Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs) and Connor McDavid (Oilers).
The Maple Leafs have an impressive Goals per Game average this term which, coupled with the Oilers being less than solid defensively (albeit the Maple Leafs are not especially watertight), makes a home victory look the likeliest outcome.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs
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.