Ice Hockey Betting and Odds

Renowned as the official national winter sport of Canada and also known to be incredibly popular in the U.S., ice hockey has grown into one of the world’s most often-played sports.

Not only do we respect this at Mark Jarvis, but we also offer access to a number of global markets and competitions. Including the United States Hockey League and the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League, you can wager on your favourite side both before the game and in-play!

Our Ice Hockey Betting FAQ

What are the Rules of Ice Hockey?

A rough-and-tumble contact team sport, ice hockey games are played on a rink and feature two competing sides with six players (including a goaltender and five outfield players).

Using hockey sticks and skates, players must compete for possession of the ‘puck’ and then attempt to move this towards their opponent’s goal. The objective is then to force the puck past the goaltender and score a goal, with the side that tally the most goals ultimately being declared the winner.

A professional game is split into three periods of 20 minutes, so the entire match will last for an hour in total.

Why is Match Betting so Good with Ice Hockey?

One of the best and easiest ways to wager on ice hockey is through match betting, where you speculate on the winner of a single match.

Although the odds associated with match betting can be a little prohibitive, it’s often easy to select a potential winner and add incremental amounts to your bankroll over time.

It’s also important to note that there are no draws in the sport of hockey, either during the course of the regular season or play-offs. In fact, tied games enter into overtime, where the first team to score a so-called ‘Golden Goal’ is declared the winner.

Can I Leverage Handicap Betting in Ice Hockey?

You sure can, and this works in much the same way as it does in sports like football (or soccer to our transatlantic friends).

More specifically, you can back a team to win with a handicap of -1.5 or more, meaning that your selection will have to prevail for two goals or more if the wager is to be successful.

This type of bet is most commonly used to create value in prohibitive odds, when backing a heavy favourite to beat an underdog. With handicap betting, you can improve the odds on offer without compromising on your chances of winning, while increasing your potential returns in the process.

What About Total Goal Betting in Hockey?

Next up is total goal betting, which is another increasingly popular market among= both casual and serious punters alike.

With the average number of goals per NHL and professional game estimated at between five and seven, bookies tend to set a line of 5.5 goals. This is then used to create an over/under market, which will require you to speculate on whether the total number of goals scored in a particular game is more (over) or less (under) than this sum.

To make informed choices in this market, consider reviewing either the average number of goals that a team has scored and conceded during the course of the last 20 games or so. This can make a big difference, particularly when betting on a match between two evenly matched sides.

What Tournaments can I Bet on With Mark Jarvis?

We pride ourselves on the number of tournaments that you can wager on at Mark Jarvis, from domestic and overseas leagues to stellar competitions such as the World Championships.

So, whether you want to wager on the NHL in the States or the Elite Hockey League (which features the best teams and players in the UK), you can access everything you need and more through our website.

We also offer ante-post betting markets on the season-long Stanley Cup, with odds available from the very beginning of the season.

Who are the Biggest Teams in Ice Hockey?

Ice hockey is a sport that features some truly iconic team names, from Canada, the U.S. and even the UK.

From the perspective of the NHL, it’s the Montreal Canadiens that remains the single most successful side, with a total of 25 titles since its inception in 1909.

In the UK, the Nottingham Panthers have the most major honours (14), as despite claiming one league title they’ve also won five play-offs and eight Challenge cups.

Conversely, Sheffield Steelers have claimed the most league crowns (5), along with five play-off triumphs for a total of 10 major honours.

How Can I Make Money on Ice Hockey on Betting?

Although there’s no golden ticket that guarantees success when betting on ice hockey, punters can access a plethora of information about the sport’s major teams and players.

Key data sets include team form and head-to head records, as this information allows you to gauge home and away form and determine how tend to teams fare when they come up against specific performance.

The rules of hockey can also be quite complex, so before wagering, you may want to visit some fan forums and news sites to gain a better understanding of the sport and its gameplay.