Ice Hockey is popular around the world. It is thrilling to watch and packed with action from beginning to end. The most famous league is probably the NHL in America; however, there are professional leagues across Europe that regularly draw in large crowds. No matter which league or game you are interested in, here at mr.play sports you will find plenty of betting markets and some truly generous odds to help you win a little bit more.
Ice Hockey Odds Explained
No matter which ice hockey league you want to bet on, you will find that there are masses of markets on offer. In broad terms, the markets can be divided into two categories, Outrights, which deal with the league as a whole, and Game Odds, which deal with the individual matches. Each of the markets gives you the chance to place a winning bet, and in order to maximise your success, it is worth making sure that you understand what each represents.
Ice Hockey Markets
When you look at the markets offered for a game, you will see that they are split into categories such as Full time, Regular Time, 1st Periods, Totals, and Goalscorer. The most basic bet to start with is the Winner Full Time, a bet on one of the teams to win or the game to end with a draw. Another very popular bet is the Puck Line Full Time. This is a spread bet, which means that to win the bet, your chosen team has to win or lose by at least the number of points shown. The third of the basic bets relating to full time is Over/Under Full Time, which is a bet on there being more or less than the given number of goals in the match.
You can then start to be far more specific with your betting. For instance, you can place a bet on the Exact Score, or you could cover a number of possible outcomes with the Double Chance markets (these allow you to bet on two of the three possible results, such as home team to win or a draw). There is also handicap betting available. If you really want to be specific, you can bet on the Time of 1st Goal or the Highest Scoring Period. You could bet on the total number of goals, or on both of the teams to score at least two.
It is also possible to bet on the individual periods. For example, you can bet on the winner of a period, on the puck line of a period, on the over/under for a period, or on the exact score for a period. It is also possible to bet on the first team to score in a period or on the total team goals. In other words, nearly all of the bets available for an entire match are available for the individual periods.
If you are interested in betting on goals, there are a huge number of options. You can bet on individual players to score, and in the Totals category, you will find bets such as total goals, total team goals, total goals odd/even, and far more.
In short, be sure to explore all of the markets carefully as you will find that you can be on almost every aspect of a game and have a bet riding on almost every second.
Outright betting markets relate to the league as a whole rather than individual matches. The most popular outright market is on which team will win the league. The odds for this market will change as the season progresses and as favourites emerge. As such, it gives you the chance to spot some fantastic betting opportunities. For instance, if you think a team is going to win but they have a poor start to the season, then you may find some very long odds available after the first few games.
If you want to make watching Ice Hockey even more exciting, then be sure to visit our in-play betting markets. These are markets that only become available once a game has started and the odds on offer will be updated as the game progresses. Many of the markets available are the same as before a game, so you can still bet on the winner, the puck line, the score, and so on. However, in-play betting also offers next to betting. This is when you bet on the next thing to happen, such as the next player or team to score, the next to foul, and so on. It means that by keeping a careful eye on the action and on the odds, you may be able to find some great opportunities. Furthermore, to help you we also bring you live updates from the match, with information on who is attacking, goals and so forth. There are also many statistics available, such as puck possession, goals in powerplay, goals short-handed, penalties, suspensions, and more. Hopefully by using all of the information available, you will be able to place many successful bets.
Ice Hockey Leagues and Tournaments
Ice Hockey is popular across the world with many exciting leagues and tournaments. The most famous league is America’s National Hockey League (NHL), but it is far from the only one. Here at mr.play Sports we cover leagues in Canada, Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Norway, the Ukraine, and more. You will also find that we don’t just cover the main league, for instance when it comes to the US we cover the NHL as well as the NHL Preseason, NCAAH, NHL Team Props, and more. In Russia, we cover the Russia KHL, Russia VHL, and the Russia MHL. In other words, if a hockey game is happening then you can almost certainly bet on it.