Hockey Betting and NHL Betting

Hockey betting: National Hockey League futures

Former champions the Chicago Blackhawks have better NHL betting odds of winning the 2014-15 Stanley Cup than current champions the Los Angeles Kings, as do the Boston Bruins, while the New York Rangers seem far from reaching the Finals again.

Hockey betting 2014-2015: How does the Western Conference Look?

The Western Conference is the home of reigning Stanley Cup champions, but are NHL betting odds for or against the Los Angeles Kings repeating, or will the Chicago Blackhawks have a say in the matter? These two teams are very evenly matched on paper; both of them have won two championships in the past five years. They also have a score to settle. Chicago came very close to becoming the first team to repeat during the salary era cap; had they beat the Kings in the Conference Finals, they would have been odds on favorites versus the New York Rangers. In the end, Los Angeles prevailed, albeit by the skin of their teeth, and went on to defeat the Rangers.

Explanation of NHL Betting

Hockey betting is not very unlike betting on football, basketball, or baseball, though it does have some peculiarities. For example, there is the goal line spread. An anomaly in the world of sports, the goal line in hockey is always set at 1.5 goals for every single game. This is due to the fact that, statistically speaking, the outcome of most hockey games is either a one goal difference or a tie. The team that has to cover the 1.5 goal line with a two-goal win or more is considered the favorite on the moneyline, while the team picked as having to win by two goals or more is not the favorite to cover the spread.

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