How To Bet On Hockey

  Hockey Betting Information On How To Bet On Hockey Games Online.

Would you like to know how to bet on hockey games?

You are in the right place! Betting on hockey games is easy, and it can be as simple as wagering on the team you think will win.

If you want to make more advanced bets, you can bet on the Moneyline, Puckline or Total goals. The betting odds are available as American Odds, Decimal Odds, or Fractional Odds.

However, if you are still learning the difference between the Moneyline and Puckline, you can find explanations below.Or you can check out our Betting Terms Glossary.

You may place your bets using your own hockey knowledge, or get the edge on the sportsbook with the help of our Professional Handicappers our Pro Handicappers page.

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American Odds - Also known as moneyline odds. This refers to odds on the straight-up outcome of a game with no consideration to a point spread. There are two possibilities, the figure can be either positive or negative.

Positive figures, the odds are quoting how much money will be won on a $100 wager. Fractional odds of 4/1 would be quoted as +400.

Negative figures, the odds are quoting how much money must be wagered to win $100. Fractional odds of 1/4 would be quoted as -400.

Even odds

Even odds are quoted as +100 or -100. Some bookmakers display the negative symbol while others do not.

Decimal Odds - Favored by sportsbooks in Canada and continental Europe. Decimal odds are quoted as the winning amount that would be paid out to the bettor. The equivalent is the decimal value of the fractional odds plus one. Even odds 1/1 are quoted in decimal odds as 2. The 4/1 fractional odds discussed above are quoted as 5. This is considered to be ideal for parlay betting, because the odds to be paid out are simply the product of the odds for each game wagered on. Decimal odds are also favored by book makers because they are the easiest to work with for trading.

Decimal odds are known as European odds, or continental odds in the UK.

Fractional Odds - Favored by sportsbooks in the UK. These odds quote the net total that will be paid out to the bettor, should he win, relative to his stake. ie: Odds of 4/1 implies the bettor would make a $400 profit on a $100 stake. The bettor always receives his original stake back plus the profit. Odds of 1/1 is known as even money.


Betting Terms



2 way


Bet on outcome of game, after completion, from 2 possible results. Home team wins or Away team wins.

3 way


Also known as Win/Draw/Win or Home/Draw/Away. Bet on outcome of game, after regulation time, from 3 possible results. Home team wins. There is a draw or tie. Away team wins.



Also known as the ‘Puck Line’ in ice hockey betting. This system is used by sportsbooks to make a one sided game more attractive to the bettor. This is done by ‘handicapping’ the teams scores.



Also known as American odds. This refers to odds on the straight-up outcome of a game with no consideration to a point spread/handicap. 



Also know as O/U. This bet is when a sportsbook will predict a number for a statistic in a game, and bettors wager that the actual number in the game will be either higher or lower than that number. ie: O/U of total goals scored between Team A and Team B is 4.5. Team B wins 3-2. Total goals is 5. Over wins. 

Puck Line


This is the hockey version of betting against the spread/handicap. Teams that are favored can have a puck line of -1.5 goals, or underdogs can have a puck line of +1.5 goals. Favorite team would have to win by 2 goals in order to beat the puck line and win the bet. 


Betting types



2 Way Handicap


A 2 way bet, with handicapped or puck line odds.

3 Way Handicap


A 3 way bet, with handicapped odds or puck line odds. 

Correct Score


Betting the correct final score to a game.

Double Chance


Sportsbooks may reduce the 3 outcomes of a hockey game to 2. A single odd is offered on a win or draw. If the backed team wins or draws, the bet wins. If the team loses, so does the bet. There is no possibility for the draw.




Bet on which team will win the game with 2 way odds. Bet on a tie game with 3 way odds.

Goal Time


Bet on when the first goal will be scored in the game/period.

Highest Scoring Period


Bet on which period will have the highest goal totals, both teams combined. 

Outright Winner


Betting the correct winner of a game.



Bet on how many penalties will be called, or what time of the game/period the first penalty will be called.



Bet on which team will win the period. Either 2 way odds or 3 way odds.

Period Totals


Bet on the total amount of goals by both teams, in each period.

Total Goals


Betting the correct amount of total goals a team will make in the game or period. 

Which Team Will Score Goals


Bet on what team will score first in the game or in each period.

Hockey Betting Terms Glossary 


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