NHL betting is among our most popular markets, unsurprising given its high intensity and level of skill. With this in mind we have expanded our coverage to include live NHL betting so bettors can keep betting even when the puck and fists start flying. Here are the details and some basic live strategies.
NHL Live betting: The details
For every NHL game, once the action is live, bettors can place the following bets during intermissions:
For all 1st and 2nd period intermissions:
- One handicap line
- One money line
- One total
We will not offer live odds after the third period in tied games, and there is no offering between OT (Over Time) and shootout.
For selected high profile games, especially so during the playoffs, we may also offer up to three alternate handicaps and totals, giving you even greater options in-play.
As with all of the odds offered at Pinnacle Sports the margins are extremely competitive at 4%, which in American odds is 16 cent, or -108/-108. You will do well to find value like this anywhere else.
The limits are also what you have come to expect from Pinnacle Sports and will generally be as follows, though they vary by game, and may increase during the Playoffs:
- Handicap $1,500 or equivalent in your currency
- Money Line $3,000
- Total $1,500
NHL Live betting strategy
Betting on an NHL game as it progresses can simply add an extra interest to watching the action unfold. Ice hockey is fast, furious and adrenalin packed, so what better way to match that excitement than by trying to interpret the ebb-and-flow of the game with a live bet.
Your basis for making a pre-game bet – such as tactics, formation & form – can quickly unravel once a game begins to unfold, so live betting enables you to wait to confirm your pre-game ideas about how things will pan out.
As well as providing an alternative to pre-game betting, Live NHL betting can also provide a compliment. Should you bet pre-game on the Leafs to win in regular time against the Kings, and they take a 2-0 lead in the first period, you can hedge this bet using updated intermission odds by taking the expanded price on the Kings. This kind of basic hedging can work across handicaps, money lines and totals.
Understanding team mentality is vital for live NHL betting. For instance a team trailing by one goal towards the end of the game may pull their goalie and replace him with an additional attacker. However, this often leads to the winning team scoring again, rather than an equalising goal, which should interest bettors betting on games with -1.5 handicaps during the second intermission of close matches.
For more expert bettors Live NHL odds can enable correlated betting based on perceived relationships between the three main markets offered, as well as the opportunities for Arbitrage, which of course is welcomed at Pinnacle Sports (read here) unlike our competitors.
Hopefully you have read enough to encourage you to bet the next NHL action live. Simply look for the Intermission folder within the main NHL section of the Betting Menu on game nights, put your money down and enjoy the excitement of betting as the game unfolds live.