NHL Picks | Today's Best Ice Hockey Predictions

Get the best free ice hockey predictions from the NHL, KHL, EIHL & SHL from our ice hockey expert tipsters.

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Experts are OLBG tipsters with high strike rates, current month or 6 month profitability for a particular sport.

Which Ice Hockey leagues and events do you cover picks for?

We have Ice Hockey betting picks for the NHL of course including all the major matches across the USA and Canada, culminating in the Stanley Cup.

You will find NHL picks on here throughout the whole season, including playoffs for you to place NHL wagers on.

We also provide betting picks for the Kontinental Hockey League, otherwise known as simply the KHL.

When looking for wagers you might also be interested in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and the British Elite League (EIHL) which are both also covered.

When will you have Ice Hockey Betting picks?

The National Hockey League runs from October to June so during this period this page will be packed with the most popular NHL betting picks.

Both the British Elite League and Swedish Hockey Leagues run from September through to April while the KHL runs from August through to April.

This means that for eleven of the twelve months of the year, there will be ice hockey betting predictions for you to wager on!

We cover the regular season, as well as all of the playoff matches in all of the mentioned leagues as well as outright betting picks.

Free NHL Money Line Predictions

Whether you are looking to wager on today's NHL matches or those coming up in the near future, the main betting market is the money line which is not only found in the NHL but you will also see this when looking at NFL predictions, NBA picks, and MLB picks.

This market is a simple bet on whether the designated home or away team will be successful and because this is a 2-way market it will include any overtime and penalties (check sportsbook T&Cs when it comes to European matches).

What you will see are the odds for either team, for example, Pittsburgh Penguins may be -170 to beat the New York Rangers, meaning if you staked $10 and it was successful, your payout would be $15.88, a profit of $5.88.

On the other hand, if you fancy the New York Rangers to win then you would wager on them, say their money line odds were +150 and you staked $10 then you could win as much as $25 ($15 profit) if successful.

If NHL betting is something new to you but at the same time something you think you would be interested in then opening an account would be needed, check out our Best Sportsbooks for NHL Betting article which will help you find the right one.

 You might want to add the NHL money line picks into a parlay, this is a way of building up the odds for a better return but you need them all to win to get that return.

NHL Parlay

  1. PIT Penguins to win -170 (1.59)
  2. FLA Panthers to win -150 (1.67)
  3. CAL Flames to win -160 (1.63)
  4. COL Avalanche to win -245 (1.41)

Converting the American odds to decimal odds is the easiest way to work out an estimated return, you multiply the odds together (1.59*1.67*1.63*1.41) and that will give you an estimate of your returns which in this case works out as 6.10.

That means your NHL Parlay if all four wagers are successful, for a $10 stake would return roughly $61 which would be a $51 profit. If you would like to learn more then head over to our Parlay Bets article.

NHL Picks Today

As well as the money line market, you will also find expert picks on two other markets right here for today's NHL Picks. First of all, we have spread betting which is better known as Puck Line for the NHL.

In terms of comparison, this market is the same as Asian Handicapping in soccer, or the run line in the MLB, the favorite is given a handicap to overcome whilst the underdog is given a headstart to defend.

In the NHL this line is usually set at 1.5 so the favorite in the game will be given a handicap of -1.5 whilst the dog will get a handicap of +1.5, the line can on occasion be different such as 0.5 or 2.5 depending on how strong the favorite is.

To work out if the bets are successful or not, if the team with the -1.5 handicap wins by 2+ goals then that line is successful, anything else the +1.5 line is successful.

NHL Totals Predictions

The other market available is NHL Totals betting, in this market you are wagering on how many goals will be scored during the game.

Please check your sportsbook for details but nearly all NHL will include goals scored in overtime and penalties whilst for some European leagues those may not be included.

You will get an under and over option for this market, it's the same as when wagering on the totals in the NBA, the runs in MLB, or the points in the NFL.

You will be given a line and when it comes to NHL totals, this line can differ from game to game, the most common line is usually 5.5.

This means that your wager will be on whether there will be under 5.5 goals (5 or fewer) or whether there will be over 5.5 goals (6 or more).

Sometimes you will get a line without a .5, something like 6.0 which means that the 'Push' option comes into play, if the game finishes with exactly 6 goals then your stake is refunded.

Who are the best NHL tipsters?

If you are looking for the answer to Who will win the Stanley Cup? Then we have a lot of great Ice Hockey tipsters at OLBG.

Some of our tipsters do specialize in NHL betting picks, others specialize in the other leagues whilst some do make predictions on all ice hockey. 

To see which are the best, check out the individual picks whereby for each pick you will see the tipsters record. You will notice that some have very profitable records.

The profit figure looks at the last 6 months of ice hockey picks for that tipster. Their consistency can also be seen by looking at the last 6 months in which picks have been placed.

A tipster who has been profitable for 4, 5, or 6 of those months will have shown great consistency and you may well want to follow all their Ice Hockey picks.

Because all our top ice hockey tipsters add comments on each of their picks, this provides you with a huge amount of information before placing your bets.

They do all the research for you to make your betting easier. Read comments from different tipsters who have different views on the game and see which are the most convincing to you.

Also, consider heading over to the Best Ice Hockey Tipsters page which highlights the best of the best hockey tipsters.

How often do Favourites win in NHL?

In comparison to the other US sports, Basketball is top of the pile for winning favorites, then it's the NFL with Baseball bottom of the pile.

So where does the NHL fit into the list? It would be about on par with Baseball at the bottom of the list in terms of favorites not being as successful as they are in the other sports.

In the table below, you can see how the favorites have faired at home and also on the road over the last five regular seasons, obviously, remember that during the 2019-20 season, neutral venues were being used which has affected those statistics.

SeasonHome FavsAway Favs
2018-19.584 (516-884).576 (221-384)
2019-20.569 (434-763).553 (176-318)
2020-21.643 (314-488).609 (229-376)
2021-22.647 (527-814).644 (318-494)
2022-23.616 (505-820).631 (308-488)
Overall.609 (2296-3769).608 (1252-2060)

There have been some teams who perform better as favorites than others, maybe those are more adept at handling the pressure of favoritism, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the most successful favorites on home ice over the last five seasons with a win percentage of .705 (129-183) whilst the Montreal Canadiens are the worst with a win percentage of just .495 (47-95) so you can see how vast the difference is between the top and bottom.

Top Three NHL Teams to Back as Favorites

  1. Boston Bruins (212-306 .693)
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning (220-325 .677)
  3. Colorado Avalanche (182-280 .650)

Top Three NHL Teams to Avoid as Favorites

  1. Montreal Canadiens (66-133 .496)
  2. Arizona Coyotes (42-82 .512)
  3. San Jose Sharks (74-144 .514)
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