How to Wager on NHL Hockey – A Guide for Bettors

NHL hockey provides sports bettors with a wide variety of wagering opportunities. With each of the league’s teams playing an 82-game regular season that runs from October until April, followed by a two-month playoff tournament in which the top 16 teams battle until only one emerges as champion, sports bettors can cash in wagering on individual games as well as overall team performances.

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World Cup of Hockey Odds: Canada Sits as Favorite

Hockey fans and bettors can get in on the action a little earlier this year thanks to the NHL dusting off the World Cup of Hockey. And odds to win the World Cup are already out at online sportsbook Bodog.

This will be the third instance of the World Cup, which hasn’t been played since 2004. That year Canada took the gold with a win over Finland in the best-of-three final. One player actually returns from that winning roster, as veteran Joe Thornton dons the Maple Leaf once again.

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Penguins, Blackhawks Stanley Cup Odds Co-Favorites

After a multitude of free agent signings and some surprising trades the dust is starting to settle on the NHL offseason moves. There are still a few free agents left out there and arbitration hearings are coming up, but most of the big names are off the market. So what has that done to the Stanley Cup odds?

Right off the top there are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup next season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks both getting +900 odds at Bodog.

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Stanley Cup Odds: Penguins Sit as Betting Favorites

With seven teams left standing in the hunt for the Stanley Cup Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the new favorite to win it all on the NHL futures at online sportsbook Bodog.

After playing some of the best hockey in the league down the stretch, the Penguins began the playoffs among the Cup favorites. After pushing the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination, the Penguins are the overall favorite at +300.

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Stanley Cup Odds: SoCal Teams Take Hit on Futures

The first games of the opening round of the playoffs have shaken up the Stanley Cup odds at online sportsbook Bodog. The favorite remains the same with Washington still on top at +300, but little else does since the puck dropped on the postseason.

One of the biggest movers up the odds list have been the Dallas Stars. Dallas started the playoffs fifth on the odds list at +800. After taking a 2-0 series lead on the Minnesota Wild and outscoring them 6-1, the Stars are now listed at +450.

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Penguins Surge Continues Up the Stanley Cup Futures

With only a few days remaining in the NHL regular season the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to be the hottest team in the league and a valuable pick on the Stanley Cup future odds at online sportsbook Bodog.

Pittsburgh heads into a showdown with the league-best Washington Capitals on Thursday night having won seven straight and 13 of their last 14 games. That has propelled them to second place in the Metropolitan Division and also second overall in the Eastern Conference.

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Stanley Cup Odds: Underdogs Fighting for the Playoffs

The NHL playoff picture is slowly taking shape, but it looks like the final spots in both conferences could come down to the final days of the season. That gives bettors who want to make a big underdog bet on the Stanley Cup odds something to think about.

In the Eastern Conference right now the battle for the last two spots is between the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings.

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Kings on the Move on the Updated Stanley Cup Futures

There has been a notable change in the Stanley Cup futures at online sportsbook Bodog this week, as the Los Angeles Kings have moved up to second spot on the odds list ahead of the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.

Los Angeles was listed at +1000 just a week ago, but some big wins recently have propelled them up to +600. The Kings are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, but what makes that more impressive is that it includes wins over the Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals.

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