Ice Hockey Tips & Betting Advice


Looking for the latest NHL betting tips and predictions? We preview the latest games and pick out the best bets of the day to be backing. 


The NHL is the biggest ice hockey competition in the world and you can watch and bet on all the action live online - as well as from a host of other leagues across the world.

The National Hockey League is the biggest and most famous ice hockey tournament on the planet and it contains 30 franchises with 23 based in the United States of America and the remaining seven come from Canada.
All 30 teams battle it out to win one of the most iconic trophies in the world – The Stanley Cup – and this piece of silverware is handed out to the league play-off champion every season.
The NHL was established in 1917 in Montreal, Canada after the National Hockey Association was disbanded but is much more of a global affair nowadays with competitors representing no fewer than 20 different countries.

Chicago Blackhawks are the defending champions after winning their 13th title thanks to a 4-2 Stanley Cup series win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The most successful team in the history of the NHL is the Montreal Canadiens and they have 24 Stanley Cup titles in their trophy room although their last success was back in 1993.
Next in line are the Detroit Red Wings and when they secured the championship back in 2008 it was their 11th title success although they couldn’t back it up 12 months later as they went down to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

To watch and bet on the NHL live, just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to bet365 & sign-in (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
2. Select Live Streaming
3. Watch and bet on the NHL live online

Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.



NHL betting has to do with the National Hockey League in North America. The regular season runs from October to early April and then there is 16-team playoff tournament, subdivided into two conferences. The winners of each conference meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Like so many sports leagues, betting options commonly available on NHL ice hockey (North Americans don't add the word "ice" but just call it "hockey") can be categorised into antepost/futures and markets having to do with each individual game.

When it comes to futures, the first markets that get settled are the divisional markets. The teams in the NHL are currently organised into four divisions: the Pacific Division, the Central Division, the Atlantic Division, and the Metropolitan Division. The division winners are the teams that accrue the most points over the course of the NHL regular season. That's an 82-game race with two points going to a game winner, one point going to a team that loses in overtime, and zero points going to a team losing in regulation. Divisional antepost can be bet at virtually anytime of the season. 

If you are picking a team to win their division, you are backing them to finish first at the end of the regular season - the bet will not include playoffs. There is no proper divisional playoff in the current structure of the NHL as the presence of Wild Cards mixes things up. If they finish first after the regular season, the bet is a winner even if they go out in the first round of the playoffs.

Other common antepost bets are to win the conference outright. Unless specifically stated, take this to include the playoff results. That is, even if a team can't finish first in the conference in the regular season they are still alive in this market if they are alive in the playoffs. 

The ultimate futures bet in NHL ice hockey is to win the Stanley Cup, which means winning the conference and then winning the championship series as well between the two conference championships. An each way bet to win the Stanley Cup on a team at $9.00 would have $5.00 to win the conference.

Betting lines that focus on individual games are small-picture bets. All of the common bets are available: straight-up picks (moneyline), against-the-spread picks (puck line), and over/under for scoring. Technically there are no draws in NHL hockey games, however if you see a line that offers a draw then take that to be a line that focuses on regulation only (ie. not overtime). Score guessing betting lines are commonly available too and there are also plenty of bets on each individual period. NHL games are sliced in thirds and you can usually find bets with sportsbooks regarding each individual period.

If you want a general tip on the NHL, pay attention to scheduling. For example, a team that is playing its second game in as many nights could be a tired team. If they are playing a team that hasn't played for days, then the better-rested team has an advantage.

The same betting option apply to all ice hockey leagues across the world.


NHL betting is extremely popular and there are a number of bookmakers you should consider for placing bets and watching live streaming of the action.

When it comes to betting on the NHL, bet365 stands at the top of the list for a number of reasons, including live streaming of the fast-and-furious action that is ice hockey.

Alternatively, check out the current top five bookmakers:

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