With the launch of legal sportsbooks in Michigan, NHL betting should soon be booming in the Great Lakes State. As of Jan. 22, MI online sportsbooks now have live NHL moneylines, puck lines, over/unders, parlays, props and futures for this and future NHL seasons.
NHL betting will be a year-round endeavor in Michigan, with futures markets in the offseason plus pre-game and in-game betting available daily through the regular season, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. Home to the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, hockey is as popular in Michigan as anywhere in the US, meaning NHL betting will be huge here as well. (The whole Hockeytown nickname hasn’t stuck for nothing!)
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, here’s a closer look at betting on the NHL in Michigan.
See below for live NHL odds from MI online sportsbooks. Use the drop-down menu to switch between puck lines, moneylines and totals. Click on any odds to go straight to the online sportsbook, collect your new-player bonus or free bets and bet the NHL. See the second tab for current Stanley Cup futures odds, Conference winner odds and NHL MVP odds.
The launch of single-game online sports betting in Michigan allows you to bet on the NHL at home. You can bet on the NHL with a mobile device or computer anywhere inside state lines where you have access to the internet.
Michigan sports betting apps turn your mobile device into a mobile sportsbook that you can access 24 hours a day and seven days a week, provided you are 21 and over and have access to the internet inside state lines.
Online methods provide undoubtedly the most convenient ways to bet on hockey in Michigan. Follow this simple four-step process to get in on all the NHL betting action via mobile app:
You can download most Michigan betting apps via a 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.
Mobile sports betting apps make 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 much more than your:
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 toward betting on the NHL via mobile app in Michigan quickly.
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 in many apps, and choose the most convenient method for you.
Most offer everything from credit cards and debit cards as options 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.
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 log in 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 or its equivalent to confirm.
Betting on hockey is easy. In fact, these are just a few basic ways to bet on the NHL:
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 either 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, such as 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 that each pick must win for the parlay bet to cash.
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 offseason, 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.
A condensed 2021 NHL regular season was scheduled from Jan. 13 through May 8, with the Stanley Cup Playoffs to follow. As this season started later than the usual October opening, there were no preseason games scheduled.
Because of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic mitigation efforts, teams will only play against other teams in the same divisions for the entirety of the regular season. The divisions have been realigned, with the Canadian teams making up the North division, and the American teams distributed into the West, Central, and East divisions.
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.
As mentioned above however, there are no preseason games scheduled for the 2021 season.
The 31 NHL teams are divided into four newly realigned divisions — North, West, Central and East, with no Conference assignments this year.
For this year’s regular season, each team plays 56 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.
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.
In 2021, that means the four top teams from each division. Top seeds take on the bottom seeds in the first round, while the second and third seeds play each other. The winners move on to play each other in the second round. The four winning teams of the second round advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals and get re-seeded based on their regular-season records. The top seed plays the bottom seed, and the second seed plays the third seed. The two winners go on to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Note that with the new divisional setup, two teams that traditionally play in either the Western or Eastern Conference may end up facing each other for the Stanley Cup.
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.
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 within reason.
But before you do, try focusing on these three NHL betting facts when making your picks:
NBC and Comcast own the NHL TV broadcast rights until the end of the 2021-22 season.
The deal gives NBC and NBC Sports Network the rights to televise 109 regular-season games and the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some playoff games air on other Comcast stations, including USA, CNBC, and even 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.
The Detroit Red Wings are Michigan’s NHL club and one of the most popular in the league. In non-COVID affected seasons, 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 victories.
The Red 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.
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The NHL’s first 25 years featured only six teams, making these Original Six squads bitter rivals to this day. Alongside Detroit, the Original Six includes:
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.
The Toronto-Detroit rivalry dates back to the 1920s. The teams have since met in the NHL Playoffs more than two dozen times.
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 fans the (not Calgary) flames of this rivalry, and in the 2013-14 season, the Red Wings moved into the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with the Leafs, making this a divisional clash now.
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. Although they may only play twice a year now, the history and hate continue.
The number of NHL players born in Michigan stands at 187. 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 289 and 204, respectively.
Here’s a look at five of the best players that Michigan has produced.
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.
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.
When you’re a key cog on the US national team for more than a decade, chances are you’re pretty outstanding. That’s the case for Weight, who had an excellent NHL career.
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.
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.
Michigan sportsbooks offer similar bets on the NHL to the bets they offer for most other team sports. These offerings include moneylines, puck lines (spreads), totals (over/unders), parlays, props and futures.
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 seem like good possibilities for you.
Overtime counts when it comes to NHL betting. The bet is settled with the winning team taking the game it by a goal.
Shootouts also count, with the winning team getting the equivalent of one goal, no matter how the shootout ends.
When Michigan sports betting sites offer live betting on NHL games, they allow all kinds of in-game betting, including bets on who will win each period.
You might be able to accomplish 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.
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.
Goalies can win or lose games by their own play, at times, 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.
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 was out to change 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 eighth time the program had achieved that goal to that point.
Although Legg’s pro career wasn’t the stuff of legends, the goal he scored still holds 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 against the Calgary Flames. He would score another lacrosse-style goal in December 2019.