Hockey has plenty of loyal and passionate fans in Iowa. There’s no NHL team to call our own, but plenty of folks have latched onto the neighboring Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.
The former has an AHL farm team here in the Hawkeye State, as well. The Iowa Wild play home games at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, so those looking to experience the thrill of the game and look at future stars can do so.
As for the NHL, a stellar and expanded postseason is now in the books, and there’ll be a quick turnaround for the next regular season. The league will start play on Jan. 13.
Futures odds are available at legal Iowa sportsbooks. You can make calls on the winner of the next Stanley Cup and more. Our complete guide to NHL betting in Iowa will show you how, as well as everything else you need to know to get started.
Things move just as fast with hockey betting as they do on the ice. You can stay on top of all the latest NHL betting odds and lines right here. Our live odds feed pulls together real-time pucklines, moneylines & totals odds from the top sportsbooks in IA. Just click on the odds to open a new betting account with an exclusive bonus offer.
The NHL futures market is also buzzing. Our live odds feed (see tab 2) shows the current hockey odds and lines for:
Thanks to the legalization of online and mobile sports betting in Iowa, you can bet from anywhere in the state. Even better, it’s simple to get started.
First up, check out the recommended legal sportsbooks featured prominently on this site. To begin, click one of our exclusive links. That’ll bring you to a registration page where you’ll need to enter some info such as your name and address. You have to be 21 years or older to sign up, and that’ll be verified as part of the registration process.
After your info is entered, you’ll accept the terms and conditions, verify it’s correct and click the submit button. Just like that, your new sportsbook account will be ready. Be sure to take some time to explore the book; however, there’s one more important step.
You’ll want to download the iOS or Android app directly from the sportsbook website. Once you’ve taken care of that, log in on mobile and put the app through its paces. In total, you’re looking at a couple of minutes to sign up and have a sportsbook to access at any time.
Next, it’s time to fund your account. The leading sportsbooks have several options to consider, including debit cards and PayPal. Deposits go through instantly, so you can get started with betting right away.
After you find an opportunity that you like, click on the odds for that choice and they’ll appear on your betting slip. All you need to do from there is add in your wager amount, verify that everything is good to go and click on “submit” to place your bet.
Live betting takes wagering on the NHL to a new level. As the action plays out on the ice, you can bet right along with it. You’ll see updated odds on the outcome and various prop-style bets that you can wager on in an instant.
This is a fast-moving style of betting, but the industry leaders have made fantastic strides on this front. Books, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, offer stellar live betting experiences. The odds update quickly, so be ready.
An app is a top choice for live betting. You can log in on your device while watching the game and keep an eye on all of the odds that come up, placing a bet in seconds if you wish.
From the first puck drop of the NHL regular season to the last tilt of the Stanley Cup Final, there will be plenty of games for betting. Sportsbooks will release odds for each game on the docket all season long.
When you click on the NHL tab at an online book, the main betting lobby will list all the upcoming games. For each individual contest, you’ll see lines that look like this:
|Minnesota Wild||+130||+1.5 (-110)||O 5.5 (-110)|
|Chicago Blackhawks||-150||-1.5 (-110)||U 5.5 (-110)|
The road team is on top and the home team on the bottom, but there is the occasional neutral-site affair to contend with. To the right of the teams are the odds and lines for three popular bet types. Here’s what they are and how they work:
When getting ready to bet on the NHL, your first step should be checking out the odds and lines for the upcoming games.
Legal sports betting has been available in Iowa since August 2019. You have plenty of options to explore, but a black market for sports betting remains. Just because that market exists doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to explore it. Here’s why.
The sportsbooks that have set up shop here in Iowa had to go through a lengthy approval process and are overseen by the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission. Licensing fees are steep, the books pay taxes based on what they take in and your funds will be safe.
Black market operators, such as offshore books, have no such oversight. So, if something goes wrong, you don’t have any back-up options. There’s also no guarantee that your money will be safely held. If an offshore book closes without notice, which has happened, you’re likely stuck with no recourse to get your funds back.
While Las Vegas has long been the sports betting capital of the US, things are changing rapidly. Sin City no longer has a stranglehold on legal US sports betting. Iowa is one of a growing list of states that have given wagering a green light.
The odds that come out of the desert still hold weight. The big sportsbooks from Vegas have some talented oddsmakers, so the lines they release are on point and efficient. However, the legal sportsbooks in other states are doling out numbers that are right in line.
For the most part, you’ll find that the odds and lines from the top shops here in Iowa are comparable to what you’ll find out in Vegas. There may be discrepancies here and there, but that can also be due to betting action that has come in at that shop.
While it’s easy to get started betting on the NHL, it can take time to get up to speed with everything you need to know. There are lots of games to consider, as well as a number of bet types. Here are three areas you can focus on when you start betting on hockey:
Of course, you can also spend some time on the other big bet types like moneyline and puck line. If you focus on one of those plus a choice from the above list, you’ll have yourself a great starting point. When you start finding some consistent success, you can look to spread your efforts wider or specialize even further, whatever works best for you.
Online and mobile sports betting has been a hit in Iowa. Users can deposit and withdraw funds, check out the odds and place bets at any time from the comforts of home.
Retail sportsbooks are also open for business across the state. They, too, have proven to be popular destinations for fans and bettors. There are 18 spots where you can watch and wager. Here’s a quick look, broken down by region, along with their current online partners:
The 2021 NHL season starts on Jan. 13. Fans should expect teams to play a 52- or 56-game regular season schedule, followed by the normal postseason tournament.
The 2019-20 campaign was put on hold and then resumed with an expanded postseason field playing games in select locations. The Stanley Cup Final wrapped up on Sept. 28, 2020, with the Tampa Bay Lightning closing out a six-game series win over the Dallas Stars for the title.
In normal years, NHL teams play 82 regular-season games. The top eight teams from each conference then make it to the playoffs, which are contested in best-of-seven rounds. The season is long enough to ensure that each team gets to face all of the others in the league at least twice. Here’s how the breakdown works:
Here’s what we know: The NHL’s resumption of play and Stanley Cup playoffs from last season were a big hit. If we wind up with another condensed season, it should be more of the same. There will be fewer regular season games, but there will still be plenty of thrills and opportunities to wager on every step of the way.
If we take a look at the futures market, we find that the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights are the top two choices to win the Stanley Cup. The defending champion Lightning are up next, followed by the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
Only a handful of hockey players who were born in Iowa have made it to the NHL. Here they are, along with how long they lasted in the top circuit:
If we look at former Iowa Wild players, it’s a different story. The AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild has been a proving ground for lots of NHL talent. Here are some of the top current players who’ve played for the local affiliate:
The pipeline from the Iowa Wild to the NHL is strong, so we should see even more top talent in the area in the coming years. Perhaps that will translate into even more homegrown talent climbing up the ranks to reach the pro level.