NHL hockey is far and away the most popular professional sport in Canada.
The Raptors have built a country-wide fanbase, the NFL has some diehard supporters North of the border, but almost every Canadian has an NHL hockey team they stand behind. And with so many Canadians that actually play (and star) in the NHL, hockey is an inseparable part of our national identity.
Betting on the NHL, however, has been limited to provincial lottery parlay betting since the 1990s. But now that single-game NHL betting is steamrolling into every Canadian province like Wendel Clark crashing the net, Canadians will bet on the NHL like never before. And at volumes never imagined.
Individual NHL game betting, NHL futures, NHL props and more will change the landscape entirely with hundreds of betting opportunities and NHL odds available every day—not to mention the uptick that comes around with the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup. Keep up with the latest NHL odds and NHL betting trends right here. If you’re not quite ready to bet on the NHL, learn more about the basics of hockey betting.
Below that is our latest NHL futures feed featuring the odds on every team to win the Stanley Cup, each Conference, and Division. It also includes the odds on the top players in the NHL to win various end-of-season awards like the Hart Trophy and seasonal futures like team win totals for every NHL club.
There are seven Canadian teams in the NHL and each has a diehard fan base sure to make the team among the most bet on in Canada. Here’s a look at the seven Canadian teams in the NHL and the latest game odds and futures odds for each:
In the Original Six days, the Leafs were regular contenders. Since then, the club hasn’t been able to get over the hump. The club was regularly in the postseason for decades, but the bottom fell out with a lengthy drought following the turn of the century. Things are now back on track in Toronto as the franchise continues to hunt for an elusive cup.
One of the most iconic franchises in all of professional sports has a history that spans over a century. From 1964-65 through 1978-79, the club won the Stanley Cup an astonishing 10 times in 15 seasons. While the dynasty days may be over, the Habs continue to be a signature NHL franchise.
After entering the NHL as an expansion team from the WHA in 1979-80, the Oilers proceeded to become one of the most dominant forces in professional hockey history. The team hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of its glory years in the 1980s when they appeared in the Stanley Cup finals six times in eight seasons.
The roots of the Canucks stretch all the way back to 1945 when the team began play in the Pacific Coast Hockey League. Since entering the NHL in 1970-71, the club has made it to the postseason 28 times. Vancouver has been to the Stanley Cup finals three times, coming up short each time.
An NHL expansion franchise in 1992, the Senators haven’t been able to match the performance of the original incarnation of the Ottawa team which played in the league from 1917-34. The club has made it to the Stanley Cup finals once, losing to the Anaheim Ducks in five games in 2006-07.
The first edition of the Jets lasted from 1972-96 before the team was transplanted to Arizona. The NHL returned to Manitoba in 2011 and the Jets were reborn. The club has made it to the postseason three seasons in a row and has a promising core in place, so it’ll be interesting to see what develops.
Following a rough patch of no playoffs from 2009-10 through 2013-14, the Flames have made it to the postseason in four of six seasons. Since relocating from Atlanta prior to the 1980-81 campaign, the team has made a total of 24 appearances in the NHL Playoffs, making the Stanley Cup Finals three times and winning it all once.
Injuries and roster changes impact winning, and staying ahead of this info is paramount to NHL betting success. You’ll need all the latest news and information about the NHL to make your hockey bets successful.
Here’s a selection of key NHL data and trends and information you can use to help guide your NHL bets:
Getting started betting on the NHL online in Canada is a simple and easy three-step process you can do with your phone in just a few minutes:
First, download and install an online sports betting app. Click on one of our links to go right to a sportsbook available in your province and look for the download link for iOS or Android phones. Android users may also be required to allow installations from outside sources in their settings. If you don’t have geolocation services on your device you have to get it.
Other than that, downloading and installing a sports betting app should take only a minute or two.
Next, you need to sign up for a betting account. Fortunately, you can do it on the app you just downloaded and installed. Simply click the sign up tab and fill out the registration form with a little personal and account information. Don’t worry, it won’t go much more in-depth than your name, email address, phone number, etc to verify you’re of legal age to bet on sports.
Finally, you have to make a deposit into that account so you have some money to bet with. You can also do that on the app using any one of the available deposit methods, including debit cards or major credit cards. Most deposits take just seconds and you’ll be ready to browse through the NHL betting markets in no time at all.
BetMGM inked a multi-year marketing and data agreement to become the NHL’s official sports betting partner in 2018. The deal gives MGM access to official league data and intellectual property. These two things take BetMGM’s in-play NHL betting to new heights, making the BetMGM app the best one for NHL betting.
A risk-free first bet of up to $600 as a welcome bonus takes BetMGM over the top. BetMGM is also known for its ongoing NHL betting promos, including various Odds Boosts and a deposit bonus surrounding the start of the NHL season. Add in the huge selection of NHL props, futures, and in-game and pregame NHL markets and it becomes clear why BetMGM is among the best apps for betting on hockey.
There’s no secret to success when it comes to betting on the NHL. Good research gets results. Taking a long hard look at the teams, players and betting lines on any game will lead to success. Other than simply getting lucky, there’s no other way to do it.
Those that find consistent success betting on the NHL do the work that’s required. Start your path towards NHL betting success by reading our complete guide to ‘Betting on the NHL Online in Canada’. It includes a list of the best bets for beginners, some NHL betting tips and trends plus sportsbook rules for hockey betting.