This is essentially "betting the spread" for hockey, where you get odds based on a team winning or losing by a certain number of goals. Since hockey is a low-scoring event sport, the typical puck...
The general idea of point spread betting is to provide a handicap that make games fairer, or more attractive to bet on, with points/goals taken from the favorite and given to the underdog. Compared to moneyline bets, where the odds will always be positive for the underdog and negative for the favorite, NHL point spread rules differ slightly. Depending on the match-up, it’s not unusual to see a favorite have positive odds too.
Betting on the puckline means the team must win by at least two goals to cover the puckline spread. The dog can lose by one goal and still cover the puckline. That’s right – a team can lose 3-2, but still win on the puckline if it is +1.5 goals.
ICE HOCKEY SPREAD BETTING Step 1: . Choose a spread market on a match. E.g. the 'spread' on Total Goals may be 4.8-5.1. Step 2: . Decide if you think the final outcome will be higher or lower than the spread. Step 3: . If higher (e.g. more than 5.1 goals) you would buy. If lower (fewer than 4.8 ...
The puck line is hockey’s form of the point spread. When betting on a major sport, you’re typically presented with three standard betting options: the spread, the moneyline and the over/under. Hockey is no different, although it is one of a few sports where betting the moneyline, as opposed to the spread, is the most common wager. You can still bet the spread in hockey, but it’s generally not referred to by that name.
When it comes to point spread betting in hockey, the line is typically set at -1.5 or +1.5 for either side. Meaning that if you make this bet, the side that you choose must either win by more than 1 goal, or lose by less than one goal. The odds on this type of bet will vary quite a bit, depending on which team is favored, but the general idea behind this bet is to get better odds on a heavy favorite.
Betting on hockey is similar in concept to that of baseball lines, as hockey is predominantly a moneyline based sport with standardized point spread prices of -1.5 goals – like baseball is with -1.5 runs.