The 2021-22 NHL season gets underway tonight! It’s an exciting time of year here in Canada with the NHL returning to a full season with normal divisions, after last years season was shortened and the divisions were shaken up because of the covid-19 pandemic.
There are several Canadian teams that look like contenders this year. The Maple Leafs are still trying to get over the hump with their star studded roster. They enter the season as the fourth favourites to win the Stanley Cup according to the odds at SportsInteraction.com. The Edmonton Oilers, with the best player on the planet (Connor McDavid), are the other Canadian team being given a legitimate shot at the Championship. The Jets, Flames, Canadiens and Canucks all have an outside shot at making a run, while the Senators are still considered to be in rebuild mode.
The start of the season always brings a lot of new interest in betting on the NHL from Canadians who may not have placed an online wager in the past. If this applies to you then this page is for you. This page should act as a beginners guide to betting on the NHL for this 2021-22 season. I will look at the Stanley Cup odds to start and follow that up by looking at some popular NHL wagers you can make on each game throughout the season and finish up with a 3 step guide to start placing NHL bets online.
2021-22 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
Here’s a screenshot from SportsInteraction.com of the Stanley Cup odds for the 12 favourites leading into the season:
The Avalanche and Lightning are the favourites heading into the season, and rightfully so. The Lightning are back to back Stanley Cup Champions and they still have one of the best rosters in the league. The Avalanche won the Presidents Trophy last year, but had the misfortune of being in the same division as the Golden Knights, losing a hard fought 7 round series to Vegas in the second round last year. The Avalanche and Golden Knights return to their separate Western Conference divisions this year, so they won’t meet until the Western Conference Finals.
The Maple Leafs are the four favourites at odds of 9/1. The Leafs definitely have the high end skill to succeed, but it can’t be overlooked that they last won a playoff series in 2004, losing in the first round the last 5 years.
The Oilers are the other Canadian team in the top 8 with odds of 16/1 to lift the Cup this year. The Oilers have two of the best players in the league in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisatl. If the supporting cast can pick up more slack this year, they have a shot to go deep in the playoffs this season.
Here are the odds for the other Canadian teams:
- Jets 30.00
- Flames 37.00
- Canadiens 38.00
- Canucks 44.00
- Senators 113.00
Typical NHL Betting Options
There’s really two betting options that get the vast majority of NHL bets each night: the money line (straight up winner) and over/under bets. You will also see the puck line odds included with the other two in a typical display of betting odds for an NHL game, but it’s the first two that get the most action, so those are the ones I will break down below.
The money line wager is simply betting on which team will win the NHL game. In the NHL there is always a winner thanks to 3-on-3 overtime followed by a shootout, so there are only two possible outcomes in each game: Team A or Team B winning. Let’s look at an example from Sports Interaction:
In this example we’re looking at a game between Montreal and Toronto. The Canadiens are the underdogs and a bet on them would payout at a multiple of 2.47 of the wager. So a $100 bet on the Habs would pay out $247 if they pulled out the win. That win can come in regulation, OT or the shootout. Just as long as they win the game, their moneyline wager is a winner.
The over/under is a bet on the total number of goals scored in the game by either team. The over/under is typically set at 5.5 in an NHL game, but you can see the total set anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 depending on which teams are playing. Let’s continue with the Montreal vs Toronto example:
The Montreal vs Toronto game has the total set at 5.5 goals. For the over to hit 6 or more goals must be scored in the game, while for the under to hit 5 or fewer goals must be scored.
**In the cases where the total is set at a whole number such as 5 or 6, then the bet would be a “push” and the wager would be returned if that exact number of goals were scored in the game.
***It’s also important to note that a goal given for a shootout win does count towards the total.
I’ve also broken down the puck line and regulation time betting options on our hockey betting page, so check that out to learn more.
Bet On The NHL From Canada – 3 Step Guide
Now that you know the bets you can make on an NHL game it’s time to actually place some of those bets. This three step guide will walk you through how to place your first NHL bet, from opening your sportsbook account to clicking the “confirm bet” button your first NHL wager.
#1. Open An Online Sportsbook Account
You will need to open an online betting account in order to bet on the NHL. Our #1 recommended betting site is SportsInteraction.com. I’ve used their sportsbook in all of the examples above.
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#3. Place Your NHL Bets
To find the betting lines for your first NHL bet at SportsInteraction.com, click on ‘Sports’ in the top navigation bar and then select ‘Hockey’ from the left sidebar. You will see ‘NHL Games’ at the top of the list under ‘Hockey’ and this will bring up all of the NHL games you can bet on for that night.
On the NHL page you will see all of the games for the night with betting options that look like the screenshots I included above outlining the various bets. When you select your wager it will show up in your ‘Bet Card’ on the right side of the sportsbook. You should then enter your bet amount and your “Bet Payout” will automatically be displayed.
In this screenshot I’m placing a $100 bet on the Canadiens to win in Toronto.
If everything looks good, go ahead and select ‘Place Bet’ below the payout.
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