How to Bet on Ice Hockey Online with Betfred

 | Wednesday 10th July 2024, 11:40am

Wednesday 10th July 2024, 11:40am

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Ice hockey is one of the most exciting spectator sports in the world, that is particularly popular in both North America and Continental Europe. It's also one of the premier events of the Winter Olympics.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is the most popular ice hockey league in the world, and Betfred have plenty of great-value markets from the NHL and leagues across the globe. Below you can find out how most of the popular ice hockey markets work and then you can choose which one suits you when betting online or via our app.

What ice hockey events can I bet on?

As mentioned in the introduction, the NHL is ice hockey's premier competition. Thirty-two teams compete from the United States of America and Canada for the right to lift the Stanley Cup at the end of the season, which is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America. 

The 32 teams are split into an Eastern and Western Conference, with two divisions within each conference. After an 82-game regular season the play-offs kick into action with a best-of-seven series to qualify for the next round and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. The current reigning champions are the Florida Panthers, who defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals

You can bet on every NHL match with Betfred from regular season to the play-offs, as well as the outright winner of the Stanley Cup. There's more to domestic ice hockey than just the NHL, though, with a host of high-quality leagues throughout the world.

We also offer pre and in-play markets on the American Hockey League (AHL), East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and multiple Canadian leagues, as well as several leagues across Europe (Germany, Sweden, Finland, Czech Rep, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia).

Match Result

With this type of bet, you are simply staking your money on which team will win the match.

For example, a £1 bet on the Los Angeles Kings to win at 5/1 could return £6, with a profit of £5. There are no draws in ice hockey, so if the teams are tied after four quarters, they go into a five-minute sudden-death overtime period to determine a winner. If the teams remain level, the game heads into a shootout.

With Betfred, you can also place a bet on whether you think a match will go to overtime.

Handicap/Puck Line

If you're familiar with US sports betting markets, this is basically the point spread.

However, if you're not familiar, the puck line is one of the most popular ways to bet on ice hockey. It may sound confusing, but it's relatively straightforward. Think of it like a handicap.

Let's say the Los Angeles Kings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs and they were favourites to win. Here the puck line could look something like this, ‘LA Kings -3 / Toronto Maple Leafs +3', where a bet on the Kings to ‘beat' the puck line would pay out if they won by more than a three-point margin.

For the Maple Leafs to 'cover' the puck line they would need to avoid defeat by more than three points, or win the game outright. You can also bet on the period puck line.


This market simply refers to the total number of goals scored in the game, and you bet 'over' or 'under' whatever the line is set at. For example, betting that there will be 'over 3.5 total goals' means that there will be four or more goals scored.

There's several other goals markets that we offer, including both teams to score, total team goals, team odd/even goals and period total goals.

Outright Betting

As mentioned above, you can bet on the outright winners of many ice hockey competitions.

Some people prefer to bet on who they think will win the whole competition, and you can pick your championship winner as well as each NHL conference winner with Betfred.

You can read all our latest US Sports Betting Tips at our dedicated Betfred Insights NBA content hub.

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