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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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Monday 05 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 1 - 4 Nashville Predators -137 Odds
Thursday 08 June
FT Nashville Predators 0 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +215 +115 Odds
Sunday 11 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - 0 Nashville Predators +170 +140 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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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
15 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Western Conference
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
4 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
9 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
12 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
2 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
6 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
2 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
6 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237

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.