NHL Betting in Michigan

With the launch of legal sports betting in Michigan and the National Hockey League about to resume its suspended 2019/20 season in the summer of 2020, NHL betting is about to boom in the Great Lakes State.

Retail sportsbooks in Michigan are prepared to offer everything from NHL moneylines to puck lines, over/unders, parlays, props, and futures for this NHL season. Plus, Michigan’s first online and mobile sports betting apps and websites are expected to launch as early as November 2020.

NHL betting is poised to be a year-round endeavor in Michigan with futures markets launching in the off-season and the addition of a huge variety of game and in-game betting markets available through the regular season, playoffs, and Stanley Cup Finals.

Home to the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six NHL franchise, Detroit is Hockeytown, USA. The game is as popular in Michigan as any other state, suggesting NHL betting will be huge here as well.

From the best NHL bets and where to place them, to a few NHL betting tips and a look at the NHL’s rich history in Detroit, the following is a detailed examination of betting on the NHL right here in Michigan.

How to bet on the NHL in Michigan

The launch of single-game sports betting at retail sportsbooks in Michigan allows you to bet on the NHL right here at home.

Plus, the state’s first online and mobile sports betting apps and websites could launch as soon as November 2020. You can bet on the NHL with a mobile device or computer anywhere you are inside state lines with access to the internet.

Once online and mobile sports betting goes live in Michigan, you’ll find the top Michigan sports betting apps right here.

For now, the three commercial casinos in Detroit are running retail sports betting operations:

  • Greektown Casino Hotel: Greektown partnered with Penn National Gaming and Kambi to open a temporary sportsbook on March 11, 2020. A permanent Barstool Sports-branded sportsbook and Barstool Sports-branded Michigan mobile sports betting app are coming soon.
  • MGM Grand Detroit: A BetMGM Sportsbook replaced the new sports bar at MGM Grand Detroit on March 11, 2020. An integrated BetMGM online sportsbook and online casino are coming soon.
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel: A retail FanDuel Sportsbook opened on the property on March 12, 2020, and a similarly branded mobile sports betting app is coming soon.

Top NHL betting apps

Michigan sports betting apps are poised to turn your mobile device into a mobile sportsbook that you can access 24 hours a day and seven days a week from anywhere inside state lines, provided you are 21 and over and have access to the internet.

This is undoubtedly the most convenient way to bet on hockey in Michigan.

Follow this simple four-step process to get in on all the NHL betting action via mobile app:

  • Download a Michigan mobile sports betting app
  • Sign up for an account
  • Make a deposit
  • Fill out a bet slip

Step 1: Download the app

You can download most Michigan betting apps via the sportsbook’s website. Just click on the download link for your Android or Apple device.

Once you’ve downloaded the app to your mobile device just open it up to begin the registration process.

Step 2: Sign up for an account

Mobile sports betting apps make the sign up a breeze. You should be prompted to click through to the sign-up page as soon as you launch the app.

Simply fill out the required personal and account information fields. They usually won’t ask for more than your:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of your SSN

You should also look for a place to enter a promo code. You can find promo codes for most legal Michigan sportsbooks on PlayMichigan. Entering this info when you first register will make sure you get the top new player bonus on offer.

Finally, confirm that you’ve both read and understood the various terms and conditions, and submit your registration through the app.

Most will verify your age using your SSN digits and your location with geolocation technology, but you should be ready to take the next step towards betting on the NHL via mobile app in Michigan quickly.

Step 3: Make a deposit

Michigan sportsbooks make it easy to deposit funds into your account by offering you a good variety of banking methods.

Click on the ‘DEPOSIT’ or ‘CASHIER’ tab, and choose the most convenient method for you.

Most offer everything from credit cards and debit cards to online payment processors and cash at various retail locations.

Enter the amount you wish to deposit, follow the various prompts, and confirm the transaction. The funds should be available almost immediately.

Step 4: Look for the current NHL odds

You have to create and confirm a bet slip to place a bet on the NHL via mobile app, but Michigan mobile sportsbooks practically do this for you.

Just login to your account and browse through the available NHL betting markets. When you see something you want to bet on, tap on it, and a bet slip will be instantly created.

Enter the amount you want to bet and a potential payout will be displayed. Then, you can go back to browsing, add more bets, and decide whether to keep the bets separate or make them part of a parlay.

Finally, make sure everything on the bet slip is to your liking and tap the ‘Place Bet’ button to confirm.

Is it legal to bet on hockey in Michigan?

In December 2019, Michigan lawmakers made it legal to bet on hockey inside the state by voting for and signing a Michigan sports betting bill into law.

All licensed retail and online sportsbooks can legally host a variety of NHL betting markets for you to bet on.

Detroit’s three casinos and the 23 tribal casinos across Michigan have been offered the opportunity to apply for these Michigan sports betting licenses, which allow them to operate sportsbooks inside casinos and statewide online.

Detroit’s three casinos launched the state’s first retail sportsbooks in March 2020. The first online sportsbooks in Michigan may launch as soon as November 2020 or early 2021.

It’s now legal to bet on NHL moneylines, puck lines, over/unders, parlays, props, and futures at Michigan retail sportsbooks.

How to bet on hockey online

Betting on hockey is easy. In fact. there just a few basic ways to bet on the NHL, including:

Moneylines: Pick a winner and book a bet at the currently posted odds. Favorites are booked at negative (-) moneyline odds with a number indicating how much you’ll need to bet to win $100 and your bet back. Underdogs are booked at positive (+) moneyline odds with a number indicating how much you’ll get paid, plus your bet back, for every $100 you bet. If the Detroit Red Wings moneyline is at -120, you’ll have to bet $120 to win $100, plus your bet back. If the Red Wings moneyline is at +200, you’ll win $200 for every $100 you bet, and you’ll get your bet back.

Puck Lines: Pick a winner with the puck line factored into the final score. The moneyline odds you can book the bet at may vary, but the puck line is almost always 1.5 goals. If the Red Wings puck line is at -1.5, they’ll need to win by at least two goals for bets on them to win. Plus, if the Red Wings puck line is at +1.5, they’ll need to win or lose by just one goal for bets on them to pay off.

Over/under: Pick whether the total goals scored by both teams will be over or under a line set by oddsmakers.

Props: Pick whether players or teams will achieve various statistical milestones in a game, like a specific player to score or a team to score a certain number of goals or more.

Parlays: Combine two or more bets into a single bet to improve the payout. Just remember each pick must-win for the parlay bet to pay.

Futures: Bet on a team to win the Stanley Cup, their conference, division, or win at least a certain number of games. NHL futures markets open in the off-season, and the odds are adjusted with a team’s chances as the season continues.

Live betting: Live betting is the process of betting on a game that’s already underway at odds that are adjusted throughout.

The 2029/2020 NHL season

The 2019/20 NHL regular season was nearing its close when it was suspended indefinitely on March 12, 2020, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

However, on May 26, 2020, the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced they had agreed to resume play with a televised 24-team playoff behind closed doors in two hub cities, once it is deemed safe to do so.

The format would see the top four teams in each conference when the season was suspended get a first-round bye, while the next eight teams in each conference would play in best-of-five series leading to a standard 16-team Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL is hoping to return to training in July and play the 24-team playoff beginning in August in Edmonton and Toronto.

Preseason NHL betting

Normally, the NHL holds a two-week pre-season with teams all playing from six to eight preseason games at the end of September.

The games are more about training and evaluating talent than winning and established stars don’t play all that much. The fact teams aren’t playing to win makes it difficult to predict winners.

NHL regular-season betting

The 31 NHL teams are divided into two conferences, each featuring two divisions. The Eastern Conference includes the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions while the Western Conference includes the Central and Pacific divisions.

During the regular season, each team plays 82 games, half at home and half on the road.

The goal is to earn points, with two for a win and one for an overtime or shootout loss. The points determine standings and ultimately playoff berths and seeding.

The result is that NHL teams play to win every game they can until they lock up a playoff spot and seed.

Michigan sportsbooks provide odds on every regular-season game and you can bet with confidence knowing teams are putting their best foot forward.

NHL playoffs betting

Normally, once the regular season is over, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs are held to determine a champion and winner of the Stanley Cup. It’s a seeded tournament featuring four rounds of best-of-seven series between the top 16 teams from the regular season.

That means eight teams from each conference. The top three teams in each division and two wild card teams with the next-best records in each conference.

Top seeds take on the wild-card teams in the first round while the second and third seeds play each other. The winners move on to play each other until a champion is crowned.

Teams take the competition to the next level in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as they fight to survive. Michigan sportsbooks allow you to bet on every aspect of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including individual games and series, and who will win it all.

NHL betting tips

The most consistent NHL betting strategies are focused on statistics and information.

Good data can turn guesses into educated and informed bets. Doing your homework is the key to betting on the NHL in Michigan successfully.

In other words, consume all the info about the league you can and watch games. There’s no substitute for this kind of research.

You should also go line shopping to find the best price on a bet you can. That means checking the line at every licensed Michigan sports betting operation you can.

But before you do, try focussing on these three NHL betting facts when making your picks:

  • The home-ice advantage is real: Home teams get a boost from the crowd and the last line changes, giving them an edge at home. Look at the home and away records of most teams and you’ll see just how real the NHL’s home-ice advantage is.
  • It’s hard to score: Most NHL games are decided by a single goal and feature five goals or less. That not only means it’s hard to score goals, it means there’s parity in the NHL and much less than you think separating most teams.
  • Goalies are to hockey what starting pitchers are to baseball: Goalies have a huge influence on NHL games and their performance is often the difference between winning and losing. Bet on the best goalies, look for netminders on hot and cold streaks, and find out when the top backstops are taking the night off and their team is vulnerable.

How to watch the NHL in Michigan

NBC and NBC SportsNet own the NHL TV broadcast rights until the end of the 2021-22 season.

The deal gives NBC and NBC SportsNet the rights to televise 109 regular-season games and the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although, some playoff games air on other Comcast stations including USA, CNBC, and The Golf Channel.

Many NHL games are also broadcast on the NHL Network, a joint venture between the league and NBCUniversal.

You can also stream NHL games on the internet with an NHL.TV subscription.

Finally, Detroit Red Wings games also air in the Detroit area on FOX Sports Detroit and the FOX Sports App.

Michigan’s Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are Michigan’s NHL club and one of the most popular in the league. They compete in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.

An NHL Original Six franchise, the team was founded in 1926 and boasts 11 Stanley Cup wins, making them the winningest team in the US. Only the Montreal Canadiens (24) and Toronto Maple Leafs (13) have more Stanley Cup wins.

The Wings played at Joe Louis Arena until 2017 when they moved into the new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit to begin the 2017–18 season.

The last time the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup was in the 2007/08 season. Detroit beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to win the Stanley Cup Finals thanks in part to the play of star Henrik Zetterberg, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs that year.

Red Wings rivals – the Original Six

The NHL’s first 25 years featured only six teams, making these Original Six teams bitter rivals to this day. Alongside Detroit, the Original Six includes:

  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • New York Rangers
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Every one of these teams is considered one of the Detroit Red Wings’ fiercest rivals, although the team’s proximity to Chicago and Toronto make the Leafs and Blackhawks rivalries as intense as any.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto-Detroit rivalry dates back to the 1920s. The teams have met in the NHL Playoffs more than two dozen times since then.

The rivalry reached a fever pitch in the 1950s when Detroit legend Gordie Howe fell headfirst into the boards and was severely injured in a game against Toronto. Even an extremely violent playoff series that year didn’t settle things.

The fact Toronto and Detroit are only about 240 miles apart doesn’t help and in the 2013/14 season, the Red Wings moved into the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with the Leafs, making this a divisional rivalry now.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks and Red Wings used to be in the same division, and the proximity of these two storied NHL franchises has always made this one a local rivalry as well.

These Original Six teams have faced each other in more regular-season games than any other two in NHL history. That kind of familiarity breeds contempt, and although they may only play twice a year now, the history and hate continue.

Top 5 NHL players from Michigan

The number of NHL players born in Michigan stands at 179. That makes the state the third biggest contributor of NHL talent here in the US, behind only Minnesota and Michigan, which check in with current tallies of 276 and 202 respectively.

Here’s a look at five of the best players that Michigan has produced.

1. Mike Modano

For players born in Michigan, Modano tops the list for games played in the NHL. Longevity is not the only hallmark for Modano, who had himself a stellar career.

  • Games played: 1,499
  • Goals: 561
  • Assists: 813
  • Seasons: 21
  • Teams: Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings
  • Stanley Cups: 1 – 1999 with Dallas Stars
  • Hometown: Livonia
  • Drafted: First overall by Minnesota North Stars in 1988

2. Brian Rolston

Rolston is second behind Modano in games played for a Michigan-born player. Over his lengthy NHL career, he was regarded as one of the best two-way players in the game.

  • Games played: 1,256
  • Goals: 342
  • Assists: 419
  • Seasons: 17
  • Teams: New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders
  • Stanley Cups: 1 – 1995 with New Jersey Devils
  • Hometown: Flint
  • Drafted: 11th overall by New Jersey Devils in 1991

3. Doug Weight

When you’re a key cog on the US national team for over a decade, chances are you’re pretty outstanding. That’s the case for Weight, who had an excellent NHL career.

  • Games played: 1,238
  • Goals: 278
  • Assists: 755
  • Seasons: 19
  • Teams: New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders
  • Stanley Cups: 1 – 2006 with Carolina Hurricanes
  • Hometown: Warren
  • Drafted: 34th overall by New York Rangers in 1990

4. Mark Howe

The list of stellar defensemen from Michigan is a long one, but it’s tough to look past Howe. The Hall-of-Fame son of the legendary Gordie Howe was the real deal.

  • Games played: 929
  • Goals: 197
  • Assists: 545
  • Seasons: 15
  • Teams: Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings
  • Stanley Cups: 0 – made finals three times
  • Hometown: Detroit
  • Drafted: 25th overall by Boston Bruins in 1974

5. Ryan Miller

Miller has been one of the top goalies in the NHL for some time now. His career is on the back end, but Miller continues to climb up the ranks in the NHL stat book.

  • Games played: 780
  • Record: 387-281-86
  • Goals against average: 61
  • Seasons: 17
  • Teams: Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks
  • Stanley Cups: 0
  • Hometown: East Lansing
  • Drafted: 138th overall by Buffalo Sabres in 1999

NHL betting in Michigan FAQ

Is betting on the NHL the same as other sports?

Michigan sportsbooks offer similar bets on the NHL to the bets they offer for most other team sports. This includes moneylines, puck lines (spreads), totals (over/unders), parlays, props, and futures.

What is a puck line bet?

The puck line is like the spread in NFL betting or the MLB run line. You need to factor in the puck line when determining a betting winner.

Most of the time the NHL puck lines are set at 1.5 goals, so you take that away from the favorite or add it to the underdog’s tally to see if these bets win.

 

Do overtime and shootouts count in NHL betting?

Overtime counts when it comes to NHL betting. The bet is settled with the winning team taking it by a goal.

Shootouts also count with the winning team getting the equivalent of one goal for winning in a shootout no matter how it ends.

Can you bet on NHL periods?

When Michigan online and mobile sportsbooks launch, they will offer live betting on NHL games allowing all kinds of in-game betting, including bets on who will win each period.

You might be able to do this at a retail sportsbook in Michigan too, but the speed at which the odds can change make online and mobile wagering the best for live betting.

 

 

How are the NHL odds set?

Michigan sportsbooks set lines based on a variety of factors, including scheduling, location, historical matchups, statistics, and recent performance. Plus, some basic NHL principles are applied, including the low-scoring and close nature of most games.

How big of a factor are goalies?

Goalies can win or lose games all by themselves and oddsmakers look at them first when it comes to setting game odds. You should probably give them the same weight you do for starting pitchers when betting on MLB games.

What is the Michigan Move?

One of the most jaw-dropping goals in hockey history took place back in the 1996 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. The scene was a regional semifinal game between Michigan and Minnesota.

The Wolverines were playing from behind, but RW Mike Legg had something to say about that. Legg came from behind the net and put the biscuit in the basket to tie the game in a scene that has to be seen to be believed.

Legg scored what can be best described as a wrap-around lacrosse style goal. He managed to snatch the puck with the blade of his stick and then deposited it over the goalie’s shoulder into the top corner of the net.

Michigan went on to win the game, and they kept the momentum going to win the whole tournament, the 8th time the program achieved that goal to that point.

While Legg’s pro career wasn’t the stuff of legends, the goal he scored was and still holds a ton of significance, not only here in Michigan but throughout the sport. The stick he used to turn the trick was donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame, while the publication Inside Hockey bestowed it with ‘Goal of the year’ honors.

Forever known as the ‘Michigan Move,’ it has been attempted a number of times at the NHL level, but it took some doing for the first successful attempt. In October 2019, Carolina Hurricanes RW Andrei Svechnikov pulled it off in a game versus the Calgary Flames.

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