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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 20 February
FT Florida Panthers 2 - 1 St. Louis Blues +127 -137 Odds
FT Anaheim Ducks 2 - 3 Arizona Coyotes -133 +120 Odds
Tuesday 21 February
FT Ottawa Senators 2 - 1 New Jersey Devils +120 -115 Odds
PEN Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 New York Rangers +124 -120 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes -130 +140 Odds
AOT Winnipeg Jets 4 - 5 Toronto Maple Leafs +132 -145 Odds
FT Edmonton Oilers 1 - 4 Tampa Bay Lightning +140 -120 Odds
FT New York Islanders 3 - 1 Detroit Red Wings -106 -104 Odds
FT Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 3 Minnesota Wild +135 -135 Odds
AOT Calgary Flames 6 - 5 Nashville Predators +136 -149 Odds
FT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 1 Colorado Avalanche -179 +170 Odds
Wednesday 22 February
FT Edmonton Oilers 4 - 3 Florida Panthers +118 -130 Odds
FT Washington Capitals 4 - 1 Philadelphia Flyers -154 +155 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 3 - 5 Anaheim Ducks -106 +115 Odds
Thursday 23 February
PEN New York Rangers 2 - 1 Toronto Maple Leafs -104 +100 Odds
FT New York Islanders 3 - 0 Montreal Canadiens +155 -147 Odds
FT Calgary Flames 3 - 2 Tampa Bay Lightning +130 -143 Odds
FT Colorado Avalanche 2 - 4 Nashville Predators +243 -278 Odds
FT Arizona Coyotes 3 - 6 Chicago Blackhawks +264 -294 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 4 - 1 Los Angeles Kings +130 -143 Odds
Friday 24 February
FT Edmonton Oilers 1 - 2 Washington Capitals +176 -185 Odds
FT Calgary Flames 4 - 2 Florida Panthers +144 -149 Odds
FT Ottawa Senators 0 - 3 Carolina Hurricanes +129 -135 Odds
FT Arizona Coyotes 2 - 5 Dallas Stars +235 -244 Odds
Saturday 25 February
5' Anaheim Ducks 1 - 0 Los Angeles Kings +146 -145 Odds
FT Washington Capitals 2 - 5 Nashville Predators +106 -110 Odds
AOT New York Rangers 4 - 0 New Jersey Devils -135 +135 Odds
FT New York Islanders 0 - 4 Jackets +135 -145 Odds
AOT Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 Toronto Maple Leafs +102 -112 Odds
FT Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 4 Pittsburgh Penguins +170 -156 Odds
FT San Jose Sharks 4 - 1 Vancouver Canucks -167 +180 Odds
FT Buffalo Sabres 3 - 5 Colorado Avalanche -120 +120 Odds
Sunday 26 February
FT Boston Bruins 6 - 3 Dallas Stars -132 +119 Odds
FT Calgary Flames 3 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes +110 -118 Odds
FT Edmonton Oilers 4 - 5 Nashville Predators +113 -125 Odds
FT Jackets 5 - 2 New York Rangers +110 -120 Odds
FT St. Louis Blues 2 - 4 Chicago Blackhawks +148 -147 Odds
FT Ottawa Senators 2 - 1 Florida Panthers +135 -145 Odds
FT Buffalo Sabres 2 - 3 Arizona Coyotes -110 +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.