How to Live Bet on the NHL

There’s no doubt any NHL matchup can be exciting but when you throw live betting in the mix, the fun goes up a level!

You know NHL betting — if not, level up — but what about how to bet on hockey live?

It really is as simple as it sounds. When watching the game you can wager on who you think will win, the goal differential and even what happens next.

Want to understand live hockey betting? Glad you asked, Dimers has you covered. Here's our guide on how to live bet on the NHL.

Placing your bet

NHL live betting is relatively similar to betting before the face-off. You can still place wagers on moneyline, puckline, proposition bets, total (over/under) and the usual go-to options. 

Often you will be able to locate a live game through one of two ways; via a Bet Live section on your online sportsbook and/or betting app, or by clicking through to the NHL category on the book’s site/app before locating the match from there. 

Remember, all live bets are time sensitive, so if you’re not fast you may miss out!

Our NHL Bet Hub has the best live odds in the United States . When signing up to a sportsbook, use our exclusive promotional codes to access free and risk-free bets.

Added options

Live betting exposes you to many options usually unavailable to the average bettor. The usual wagering options are available during a hockey game, but there are added offerings once teams are on the rink:


  • How many shots a team will have
  • Number of goals per period
  • Next team to score
  • Next player to score

With more options available to bettors, there is greater opportunity for you to find real value, catch sportsbooks napping and capitalize on juicy odds. Deep thought isn’t as readily applied to live odds, so if you can be quick, you could be lucky!

Friendly reminder: Every NHL matchup on Dimers has live probabilities on the moneyline, spread, total, as well as player prop bets.

Constantly shifting odds  

NHL odds are regularly changing within a game, but not as quickly as sports like NBA and NFL due to its low scoring nature. Odds change based on the scoreline, momentum, injuries and drive results, amongst other things. 

It can be hard to keep up and that’s why we recommend you monitor Dimers’ live in-play probabilities during the game.

Our live technology — updating every 30 seconds — gives you real-time probabilities for betting the spread, total (over/under) and moneyline. 

The live matchup and probabilities of any NHL game can be accessed through the scoreboards at the top of the Dimers website, the Live Now section or via Bet Hub.


As mentioned, there are many factors which influence a quick change in odds during an NHL game. It is nice to consider some of these variables before placing your bets. 


  • Injuries (Key players coming out can affect moneyline/spread particularly)
  • Momentum
  • Key player form 
  • Home/Away factor
  • Rest (Is a team playing after limited rest?)
  • Rivalries (San Jose Sharks vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights / Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers)

These aspects should be kept in mind when live betting, and if used alongside our live probability calculator, you’re a chance to gain a leg up on your sportsbook.

NHL live betting represents one of the best ways to capitalize on great odds sportsbooks may have slept on. Feel free to give it a try alongside Dimers’ in-play probabilities to have the best opportunity at winning your NHL picks!

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