Puck Line Betting Guide: How to Bet the Puck Line in Hockey

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One form of sports betting that many bettors are unfamiliar with is puck line betting. Learn more about how to utilize this form of betting to mix up your bets this hockey season.

Like runline betting in baseball, puck line is a form of spread betting for hockey. When you bet the puck line, you are placing a wager that one team will win with the addition or subtraction of a certain amount of goals to their final score (usually + or – 1.5).

Puck Line Betting Examples

A moneyline bet is the most straightforward wager you can make, and, unlike in most other sports, it’s also the most popular in hockey. With a moneyline bet, you bet on who you think will win the game. 

With a puckline bet, you no longer care who wins the game (at least not really). Instead, you care about the spread. Betting the puck line can be a great way to shake things up and give you an alternate set of odds

Below are upcoming NHL odds for new users to place puck line wagers on.

 

Here, you can bet on the favorite, which is shown through the negative odds. Or you could take the underdog, shown in the positive odds, and risk losing money for a bigger possible payout. 

As we can see in the examples above, the moneyline favorite changes when we look at the puck line odds. The odds flip when betting the puck line because you are no longer betting on the simple, in-game winner. The favorite becomes a large underdog at positive odds. Same for the moneyline underdog. When you bet the puck line, though, the underdog becomes a huge favorite.

When To Bet The Puck Line

Hockey games tend to be low-scoring, betting the puck line on the underdog can be a wise decision. Unless you expect a blowout, you wouldn’t often assume that the underdog would lose by 2 or more goals. 

When betting the puck line on the favorite, things are a bit different. I mean how often would we expect the Rangers (as a slight favorite) to beat the Flyers by 2 or more goals? Probably not often. 

On the other hand, if we switch up the odds, a puck line bet on the favorite can be quite attractive: 

PucklineOddsMoneyline
Rangers-1.5-105-240
Flyers+1.5-115+200

In this case, betting the moneyline on the Rangers gives you -240 odds. If you agreed with the sentiment and thought the Rangers were going to win big, the puck line would offer you a way to get better odds. Now you could get -105 instead of -240. 

We also get pretty good odds on the Flyers here. -115 odds and they don’t even have to win. All they need to do is not get crushed. 

Is The Puck Line Worth It?

All in all, the puck line is a nice way to get a different set of odds. While betting the puck line on the favorite may seem enticing, don’t get sucked in by the big payout. In hockey, the moneyline will often be the way to bet. Though, on games with a big favorite, a puck line bet on either team can be a great option. 

Puck Line Betting FAQs

What does puck line betting mean?

The puck line is hockey’s version of the point spread. Betting on a puck line is different than a moneyline because you are wagering on a team to win by more than one goal or not to lose by more than one goal.

What does -1.5 in puck line betting mean?

When betting the puck line, the -1.5 means you are betting on the favorite and it requires them to win by two or more goals. Betting the +1.5 means the underdog must win outright or lose by one point or less.

What is the difference between puck line and money line?

Unlike a moneyline bet where the user only picks an outright winner, the puck line is won by choosing the correct amount a team wins or loses by.

What happens if you bet the puckline and the game ends in a tie?

If the game ends in a tie, the underdog will have covered the spread. The favorite is awarded a -0.5 handicap and the underdog is awarded a +0.5 handicap. Meaning if the game is a draw, the underdog will have won the bet.

What sportsbooks offer puck line betting?

All major sports betting apps will offer puck line betting. Download the app, search the game you are looking for and place your bet!

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Brian Spaen

Brian Spaen

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Brian Spaen is the managing editor for Gaming Today. He has been a content writer and editor in various industries, including sports betting, environmental technology, and higher education. Brian is a graduate of Iowa State University and currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

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