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The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning have developed Florida into an underrated hockey state, especially in the last few years. Both Florida teams are in good shape to be contenders year in and year out.
With legal online sportsbooks in Florida, we expect plenty of NHL betting in the state. If you are new to sports betting or need a refresher, we will take you through the basics of betting on the NHL, with information on the bets, the best sportsbooks and betting tips, as well as the latest odds for the league and more.
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With fewer teams, predicting the conference winners is obviously going to be easier than predicting the Stanley Cup champion, but it is still extremely difficult for the reasons we gave above. If you bet on a conference winner correctly, you are still in line for a tidy profit.
Before you decide to get into any type of betting like the NHL, it’s important to understand sports betting odds and how to read them. Most sportsbooks you’ll see will use American odds, sometimes called moneyline odds. If you are confused about what the plus and minus signs mean when it comes to odds, you’ve come to the right place.
The plus sign will usually indicate the underdog, while the minus sign will show the favorite. Because not every team is equal in talent, one team will usually have better odds to win. Therefore, you will receive a higher payout if you correctly predict the upset than you would if you bet the favorite correctly.
For example, let’s say the Lightning are getting -160 odds going up against the Panthers, who are getting +130 odds. To calculate the payouts, it is easiest to use a baseline of $100. If you wanted to bet on the Lightning, you would need to bet $160 to win a $100 profit on a correct bet. On the other hand, if you bet on the Panthers, a $100 wager would result in a $130 profit with a winning bet.
Live betting has become one of the most popular ways to wager on sports, and the NHL is no different in that. Also known as in game betting, it lets you bet on NHL games as they are happening. When looking at the live sports odds, the numbers will shift rapidly throughout the game as it plays out, so bettors need to be quick in getting their wagers in. In legal sports betting states, bettors can now pull out their phones and place live bets through the app while they’re watching the game on TV or potentially even in attendance.
When Florida sports betting goes live, it figures to have some of the top sportsbooks available to users inside the state. Each book has its own pros and cons when it comes to NHL sports betting, and we’ll take a look at what DraftKings FL Sportsbook, FanDuel Florida and BetMGM FL online will have to offer.
|DraftKings Florida||Easy to use app, strong promotions||No live chat for customer service|
|BetMGM Florida||Wide selection of betting markets||Slower to respond mobile app|
|FanDuel Florida||Parlay insurance, great sign up bonus||No loyalty program|
Sportsbooks are getting creative in the number of ways their users can bet on sports like the NHL. Getting to know the most basic bets is important to understand, and below we will take a look at the most popular ways to wager on hockey.
The puck line is very similar to the run line in baseball if you’re familiar with that, and it is hockey’s version of the point spread from sports like football and basketball. On the puck line, the default is to have the favorite at -1.5 goals with the underdog at +1.5. The odds will fluctuate depending on how much better a team is. Here’s an example of what the puck line could look like:
If you believe Tampa Bay will win this game handily by more than 1.5 goals, you would wager on the Lightning, and it could lead to a solid payout at +160 odds. For the Penguins to cover the puck line, Pittsburgh would need to either win outright or lose by a single goal, but you’d need to risk quite a bit to make much money with -190 odds.
On the moneyline, all that matters is who wins the game. However, the favorite will see a much lower payout with a winning bet than if you were to bet on a winning underdog. Below is an example of what a moneyline bet might look like.
As you can see by the odds, Toronto is the underdog, while Florida is the favorite.
With the over/under, you do not need to factor in who wins or how many goals a team wins by. All that matters is the total combined goals from both teams. In the example below, you can wager on there being six or more total goals in the game or five or fewer.
Unlike with the moneyline and puck line, oddsmakers will usually set the odds on both sides of the over/under close to the same, with -110 as the standard. In over/under bets, sportsbooks will oftentimes try to get 50% of the bets on each side of the wager to ensure a profit.
A parlay is an all-or-nothing bet that requires multiple outcomes to be correct for you to win. For example, if you place a parlay on seven individual moneyline outcomes, even if you get six of them correct and miss just one, you would lose the bet and the money you wagered. Below is an example of a potential three-leg parlay.
Parlays are difficult to win, and especially to win consistently. Many bettors will stay away from these entirely, but they can also be appealing to recreational bettors because of the high payouts if you get everything right. Oftentimes, parlays are not worth it in the long run.
Just like parlays, some futures bets are very difficult to win, but not all of them, and plenty of bettors do well wagering on futures. Futures refer to season-long wagers, and sportsbooks have a variety of options available to bettors. Futures like betting on the next Stanley Cup winner can be tough to win because so much can happen, and there are so many potential outcomes. However, there are some futures that have only a few options like betting on a season win total, which is our example below with the Lightning.
Sportsbooks will have lots of futures options prior to the season starting, and many will remain available till the end of the season. Other futures could include division winners, conference winners, individual player awards and more.
When sports bettors and just even casual sports fans hear the term prop bet, they probably think about betting on the Super Bowl, where props can get extremely creative. Still, oddsmakers will put out a variety of options for every NHL game of the season when it comes to prop betting. For our example, you could wager on Brayden Point scoring a goal in an upcoming game.
You can think of prop bets as a side wager during the game, since the final score does not necessarily matter for many props.
Now that you have the basics down when it comes to betting on the NHL, here are some bits of advice as you consider getting started:
To calculate payouts for moneyline odds, it is easiest to figure it starting with a baseline of $100, as mentioned earlier. For negative numbers, you’d need to bet that amount to return a $100 profit if your bet won. For example, if a team enters with -220 odds, you’d need to make a $220 bet to get $100 back. For positive numbers, you could make that amount in profit with a successful $100 bet. When a team enters at +310 odds, a $100 wager would net a $310 profit.
Beating the sportsbooks is difficult, especially on a consistent basis, so you need all the advantages you can get. One way to help maximize your chances at success is to shop for the best lines for your NHL bets. If you have accounts at multiple sportsbooks, for instance, then when you identify a bet that you would like to make, you can take a look at all the different lines across every sportsbook and place your wager where the best number is. Odds will likely be similar, but oftentimes they can differ slightly from sportsbook to sportsbook.