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Professional hockey found itself at a crossroads in the fall of 1917. Many of the game’s greatest players had exchanged their sticks for rifles while serving combat duty on the European front during World War I. Left with with only the old, the infirm and the unproven to suit up, hockey people wondered whether anyone would pay to see their product, so it was no surprise when the operators of the National Hockey Association announced they were folding their league in November of 1917.

It turned out that it wasn’t merely a personnel issue. There was also a personaility issue that was part of the problem. The owners of the NHA teams were tired of dealing with Eddie Livingstone, bombastic owner of the Toronto franchise. Within days of folding up their league, the same bunch – minus Livingstone – gathered in Montreal to form the National Hockey League.

NHL Betting Lines Today

Have a look at all the upcoming game odds below so you can plan your betting strategy accordingly. Make sure you check regularly to see whehter the lines have been altered.  [+]

The National Hockey League was truly national in scope when it was first formed. A four team league, there were two teams in Montreal – the Canadiens and the Wanderers – as well as two in Ontario – the Toronto Arenas and Ottawa Senators.

It was a far cry from today’s 30-team NHL. The NHL first went international for the 1924-25 season, when the Boston Bruins were added as an expansion franchise along with the Montreal Maroons. The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Americans added to the international exposure of pro hockey the following season and in 1926-27, the Detroit Cougars, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks came aboard, making the NHL a 10-team loop, the largest growth that the league would show until 1967.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 02 January
FT Chicago Blackhawks 1 - 4 St. Louis Blues +111 -123 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 0 - 3 New Jersey Devils -141 +135 Odds
FT Colorado Avalanche 2 - 3 Vancouver Canucks +135 -141 Odds
Tuesday 03 January
FT Buffalo Sabres 4 - 1 New York Rangers +200 -189 Odds
AOT Toronto Maple Leafs 5 - 6 Washington Capitals +145 -152 Odds
FT New Jersey Devils 3 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes +162 -179 Odds
FT Edmonton Oilers 1 - 3 Jackets +145 -156 Odds
FT Winnipeg Jets 6 - 4 Tampa Bay Lightning +150 -141 Odds
AOT Montreal Canadiens 2 - 1 Nashville Predators +110 -115 Odds
AOT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 1 San Jose Sharks +140 -147 Odds
Wednesday 04 January
FT Winnipeg Jets 4 - 1 Florida Panthers +145 -149 Odds
AOT Montreal Canadiens 4 - 3 Dallas Stars +120 -125 Odds
FT New York Rangers 5 - 2 Philadelphia Flyers +113 -118 Odds
FT Arizona Coyotes 0 - 3 Vancouver Canucks +135 -147 Odds
FT Colorado Avalanche 1 - 4 Calgary Flames +188 -208 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 0 - 2 Anaheim Ducks +140 -149 Odds
Thursday 05 January
FT Edmonton Oilers 4 - 3 Boston Bruins +134 -141 Odds
FT Jackets 0 - 5 Washington Capitals +120 -130 Odds
FT Nashville Predators 6 - 1 Tampa Bay Lightning +115 -125 Odds
FT Carolina Hurricanes 4 - 2 St. Louis Blues +140 -145 Odds
AOT Buffalo Sabres 3 - 4 Chicago Blackhawks +175 -182 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 4 - 0 Los Angeles Kings +199 -213 Odds
FT Minnesota Wild 5 - 4 San Jose Sharks +120 -118 Odds
Friday 06 January
FT Nashville Predators 1 - 2 Florida Panthers +110 -112 Odds
FT Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - 2 New Jersey Devils -120 +118 Odds
FT Carolina Hurricanes 1 - 2 Chicago Blackhawks +160 -149 Odds
AOT New York Islanders 1 - 2 Colorado Avalanche -141 +145 Odds
FT Calgary Flames 2 - 4 Vancouver Canucks -105 +112 Odds
AOT Arizona Coyotes 2 - 3 Anaheim Ducks +190 -204 Odds
Saturday 07 January
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 4 Philadelphia Flyers +120 -115 Odds
FT Winnipeg Jets 3 - 4 Buffalo Sabres -110 +100 Odds
AOT Minnesota Wild 3 - 4 Los Angeles Kings +101 -111 Odds
FT New York Rangers 5 - 4 Jackets +125 -128 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 4 - 0 Florida Panthers -141 +140 Odds
AOT Edmonton Oilers 2 - 1 New Jersey Devils -141 +135 Odds
FT Washington Capitals 1 - 0 Ottawa Senators -145 +135 Odds
FT Montreal Canadiens 5 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs -105 -105 Odds
PEN New York Islanders 1 - 2 Arizona Coyotes -149 +140 Odds
FT Dallas Stars 3 - 4 St. Louis Blues +140 -149 Odds
FT Vancouver Canucks 1 - 3 Calgary Flames +175 -175 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 3 - 6 San Jose Sharks +185 -204 Odds
Sunday 08 January
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +235 -244 Odds
AOT Boston Bruins 3 - 4 Carolina Hurricanes +130 -135 Odds
AOT Philadelphia Flyers 1 - 2 Jackets +155 -154 Odds
FT Nashville Predators 2 - 5 Chicago Blackhawks +145 -145 Odds
FT Edmonton Oilers 3 - 5 Ottawa Senators +127 -130 Odds
FT Minnesota Wild 2 - 1 Anaheim Ducks +100 -105 Odds

NHL Standings Right Now

Here’s where you will find the up to date NHL standings and they are a wealth of information to the hockey bettor. In today’s four-division NHL with 30 teams and just 16 playoff spots up for grabs, it’s a royal rumble for postseason position from the first puck drop. [+]

With both division and wildcard races ongoing, the lineup of who is in and who is on the outside looking in can and will change on a daily basis. Watch for teams about to embark on road swings, which can prove debilitating as the grind of travel steadily wears a squad down.

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How To Win At NHL Betting

The simplest way to bet on the NHL is via the moneyline. Sportsbooks set a price on each team prior to the game based on a $100 bet. For example, if the New York Rangers are -120, it means they are the favorite and you’d need to bet $120 on them to win in order to collect $100.

By contrast, if the Pittsburgh Penguins are +140, then they are the underdogs in that game and you’d win $140 for every $100 wagered on Pittsburgh.

The puckline is another popular wager. Favorites are listed at -1.5, meaning they’d be required to win by two or more goals for you to cash a winning ticket. Underdogs go at +1.5, so if they lose by a goal or win outright, then you are also a winner if you bet on them.

Today’s NHL is vastly different from the game when the league first formed. Double digit scores were the norm in the NHL’s early years, when offense was stressed and goaltenders didn’t resemble stunt doubles for the Michelin Man. 

In the current game, goals are as scarce as 100-point seasons by players and 20 goal scorers are worth their weight in gold. There are still a few teams who can put the puck in the net, but the days of betting the over are going to be rare.