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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 11 December
FT Washington Capitals 1 - 3 New York Islanders +102 -112 Odds
PEN Dallas Stars 2 - 1 New York Rangers +102 -112 Odds
FT Colorado Avalanche 2 - 1 Pittsburgh Penguins +191 -213 Odds
AOT Florida Panthers 2 - 1 Detroit Red Wings +107 -118 Odds
FT Vancouver Canucks 1 - 5 Winnipeg Jets +170 -189 Odds
FT Carolina Hurricanes 2 - 3 Anaheim Ducks -105 -105 Odds
Tuesday 12 December
Ottawa Senators 19:00 Buffalo Sabres -108 -102 Odds
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 New Jersey Devils -116 +105 Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers -105 -105 Odds
Colorado Avalanche 19:00 Washington Capitals +177 -196 Odds
Edmonton Oilers 19:00 Jackets +150 -167 Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning 20:00 St. Louis Blues -123 +111 Odds
Calgary Flames 20:00 Minnesota Wild +117 -130 Odds
Florida Panthers 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks +176 -196 Odds
Wednesday 13 December
New York Rangers 19:00 Ottawa Senators Odds
Dallas Stars 19:00 New York Islanders Odds
Boston Bruins 20:00 Detroit Red Wings Odds
Nashville Predators 22:00 Vancouver Canucks Odds
Thursday 14 December
Washington Capitals 19:00 Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders 19:00 Jackets
New Jersey Devils 19:30 Montreal Canadiens
Anaheim Ducks 20:00 St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs 20:00 Minnesota Wild
Chicago Blackhawks 20:00 Winnipeg Jets
Florida Panthers 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks 21:00 Calgary Flames
Nashville Predators 21:00 Edmonton Oilers
Tampa Bay Lightning 21:00 Arizona Coyotes
Friday 15 December
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 New York Rangers
Dallas Stars 19:00 New Jersey Devils
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:30 Detroit Red Wings
San Jose Sharks 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Saturday 16 December
Edmonton Oilers 14:00 Minnesota Wild
New York Rangers 17:00 Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Ottawa Senators
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 St. Louis Blues
Jackets 19:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins 20:00 Arizona Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks 20:00 Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators 22:00 Calgary Flames
Sunday 17 December
St. Louis Blues 18:00 Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Wild 19:00 Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames 20:00 Vancouver Canucks

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 44 29 17 6 110 74
2 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 41 31 14 10 106 88
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 39 30 12 10 86 73
4 New York Islanders New York Islanders 37 30 13 10 108 100
5 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 37 31 14 12 95 91
6 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 36 29 11 9 89 91
7 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 35 30 12 11 99 89
8 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 35 32 10 13 94 104
9 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 32 27 13 9 78 75
10 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 30 31 10 14 85 99
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 29 29 10 11 83 86
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 29 29 8 11 80 91
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 28 30 9 14 90 105
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 28 30 9 13 81 99
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 25 28 7 12 77 98
16 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 20 30 6 17 64 102
Regular Western Conference
1 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 44 31 16 8 104 78
2 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 43 31 14 8 97 68
3 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 41 31 17 8 107 87
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 40 29 14 7 95 84
5 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 35 29 14 10 79 69
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 35 31 13 13 91 90
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 34 30 10 12 88 94
8 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 33 30 11 11 90 82
9 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 33 31 11 11 83 91
10 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 32 29 11 12 87 87
11 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 32 31 14 13 82 90
12 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 30 29 11 13 92 95
13 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 26 30 8 16 86 99
14 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 19 33 3 21 75 114
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 43 31 14 8 97 68
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 35 29 14 10 79 69
3 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 34 30 10 12 88 94
4 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 33 31 11 11 83 91
5 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 32 31 14 13 82 90
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 26 30 8 16 86 99
7 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 19 33 3 21 75 114
Regular Western Conference Central
1 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 44 31 16 8 104 78
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 41 31 17 8 107 87
3 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 40 29 14 7 95 84
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 35 31 13 13 91 90
5 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 33 30 11 11 90 82
6 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 32 29 11 12 87 87
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 30 29 11 13 92 95
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 39 30 12 10 86 73
2 New York Islanders New York Islanders 37 30 13 10 108 100
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 37 31 14 12 95 91
4 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 36 29 11 9 89 91
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 35 30 12 11 99 89
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 35 32 10 13 94 104
7 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 29 29 10 11 83 86
8 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 29 29 8 11 80 91
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 44 29 17 6 110 74
2 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 41 31 14 10 106 88
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 32 27 13 9 78 75
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 30 31 10 14 85 99
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 28 30 9 14 90 105
6 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 28 30 9 13 81 99
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 25 28 7 12 77 98
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 20 30 6 17 64 102

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.