The NHL point spread, or line, is used to handicap the favorite team. This is expressed via the number of goals the favorite is expected to win by. If you bet against the spread and take the underdog, the spread is a chance to bet on the loser of the game but still win your wager.
How Point Spread Work. The hockey point spread is therefore essentially used to ‘handicap’ the favorite team and split the wagering evenly on both sides. The hockey point spread can range between 1 and 2.5 points. A team winning by more than 3 goals is a rare occurrence, though not entirely an impossible one.
Betting Totals. Bettors also have the option of betting on the total number of goals scored in a game. The sportsbooks will post a number, generally between 5 and 6.5, and bettors can wager the number of goals scored in the game will be greater (over) than the posted number or less (under) than the posted number.
How To Bet On The Spread In The NHL. The NHL Goal line is a type of spread installed for each game on the schedule during the week. But unlike the NFL or NBA, the NHL goal line is a set number a 1.5 goals. A team will then be set in the role of having to cover that spread, which is always the team that is set as the favorite on the moneyline.
How to Bet on Hockey. Hockey betting in the United States is far from the most popular sport in the land, but ever since the gambling capital of the country – Las Vegas – got a team in, the Golden Knights, in 2017, interest in hockey betting markets has picked up. 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.
If there’s a minus sign on your hockey odds, indicating the favorite, you bet that dollar amount to win a hundred. If there’s a plus sign, on the other hand, indicating the underdog, you bet a hundred to win that dollar amount. That’s how hockey bets work (other Bovada hockey betting rules are here).
Hockey spreads are similar to baseball spreads in that the spread is standardized, and the odds associated with the spread are adjusted to balance the action between both bets. Just like with baseball, hockey spreads are 1.5, although at times, 2.5-goal spreads are available.
A puckline is what a spread is called in the NHL, while a runline is associated with MLB betting. In both cases, the spread is almost always -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog, but the betting odds fluctuate a lot more than in NBA or NFL point spreads because the spread doesn’t usually change.