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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 05 February
FT Anaheim Ducks 4 - 7 Toronto Maple Leafs +130 -137 Odds
AOT Nashville Predators 5 - 4 New York Islanders -130 +123 Odds
FT New York Rangers 1 - 2 Dallas Stars +178 -200 Odds
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 6 Edmonton Oilers -141 +134 Odds
Tuesday 06 February
AOT Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes +105 -116 Odds
FT Knights 4 - 5 Pittsburgh Penguins +111 -123 Odds
AOT Anaheim Ducks 4 - 3 Buffalo Sabres -123 +111 Odds
FT Washington Capitals 3 - 2 Jackets +118 -130 Odds
FT New Jersey Devils 3 - 5 Ottawa Senators -135 +122 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 3 - 2 Detroit Red Wings -145 +130 Odds
FT Vancouver Canucks 1 - 3 Florida Panthers +125 -137 Odds
FT Minnesota Wild 6 - 2 St. Louis Blues +122 -135 Odds
FT Arizona Coyotes 3 - 4 Winnipeg Jets +196 -217 Odds
FT Calgary Flames 3 - 2 Chicago Blackhawks -102 -108 Odds
FT San Jose Sharks 1 - 3 Colorado Avalanche -111 +101 Odds
Wednesday 07 February
PEN Nashville Predators 2 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs +104 -115 Odds
FT Boston Bruins 6 - 1 New York Rangers -149 +135 Odds
FT Edmonton Oilers 2 - 5 Los Angeles Kings +118 -130 Odds
Thursday 08 February
New York Islanders 19:00 Buffalo Sabres -108 -102 Odds
Calgary Flames 19:00 New Jersey Devils -112 +102 Odds
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers +147 -164 Odds
Nashville Predators 19:30 Ottawa Senators -154 +140 Odds
Vancouver Canucks 19:30 Tampa Bay Lightning +221 -250 Odds
Colorado Avalanche 20:00 St. Louis Blues +165 -182 Odds
Arizona Coyotes 20:00 Minnesota Wild +211 -238 Odds
Dallas Stars 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks -116 +105 Odds
Knights 22:30 San Jose Sharks -106 -103 Odds
Friday 09 February
Detroit Red Wings 19:00 New York Islanders +127 -141 Odds
Calgary Flames 19:00 New York Rangers -118 +107 Odds
Jackets 19:00 Washington Capitals +128 -141 Odds
Los Angeles Kings 19:30 Florida Panthers -109 -101 Odds
Vancouver Canucks 19:30 Carolina Hurricanes +156 -172 Odds
St. Louis Blues 20:00 Winnipeg Jets
Pittsburgh Penguins 20:30 Dallas Stars -105 -105 Odds
Edmonton Oilers 22:00 Anaheim Ducks
Saturday 10 February
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Nashville Predators 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Jackets
Colorado Avalanche 20:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers 20:00 Arizona Coyotes
Chicago Blackhawks 20:00 Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers 22:00 San Jose Sharks
Sunday 11 February
Pittsburgh Penguins 12:00 St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers 15:00 Winnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings 15:00 Washington Capitals
Vancouver Canucks 16:00 Dallas Stars
Colorado Avalanche 19:00 Buffalo Sabres
Boston Bruins 19:00 New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames 19:00 New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers 20:00 Knights
San Jose Sharks 20:00 Anaheim Ducks

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 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 75 53 30 14 189 140
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 74 52 29 11 173 124
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 69 56 22 19 182 156
4 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 67 53 22 17 165 154
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 63 55 21 22 169 166
6 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 62 52 20 17 157 156
7 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 59 53 19 19 152 155
8 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 58 53 16 22 139 150
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 58 54 18 22 181 197
10 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 57 54 19 21 144 164
11 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 55 54 17 24 157 168
12 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 52 51 19 22 146 164
13 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 50 52 16 23 136 154
14 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 50 53 17 25 139 164
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 45 52 13 25 137 179
16 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 38 53 11 29 120 175
Regular Western Conference
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 74 53 26 14 181 145
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 73 54 29 13 176 143
3 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 72 52 26 12 163 134
4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 67 55 25 20 155 140
5 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 66 54 25 19 167 140
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 64 53 22 17 153 145
7 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 63 53 21 19 153 128
8 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 62 52 23 19 167 150
9 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 62 53 23 20 159 152
10 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 62 53 18 18 150 151
11 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 62 55 21 19 155 159
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 53 19 21 155 148
13 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 52 16 25 146 168
14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 48 53 18 26 138 171
15 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 33 53 5 32 122 186
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 74 53 26 14 181 145
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 64 53 22 17 153 145
3 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 63 53 21 19 153 128
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 62 53 18 18 150 151
5 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 62 55 21 19 155 159
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 52 16 25 146 168
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 48 53 18 26 138 171
8 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 33 53 5 32 122 186
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 73 54 29 13 176 143
2 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 72 52 26 12 163 134
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 67 55 25 20 155 140
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 66 54 25 19 167 140
5 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 62 52 23 19 167 150
6 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 62 53 23 20 159 152
7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 53 19 21 155 148
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 67 53 22 17 165 154
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 63 55 21 22 169 166
3 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 62 52 20 17 157 156
4 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 59 53 19 19 152 155
5 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 58 53 16 22 139 150
6 New York Islanders New York Islanders 58 54 18 22 181 197
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 57 54 19 21 144 164
8 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 55 54 17 24 157 168
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 75 53 30 14 189 140
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 74 52 29 11 173 124
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 69 56 22 19 182 156
4 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 52 51 19 22 146 164
5 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 50 52 16 23 136 154
6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 50 53 17 25 139 164
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 45 52 13 25 137 179
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 38 53 11 29 120 175

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.