How to bet a Hockey Puck Line

What is a Hockey Puck Line Bet?

A hockey puck line is a type of point spread, meaning that it works as an advantage for the game’s underdog by leveling the playing field between both teams. This means that the favorite of a hockey game needs to defeat their opponent by more than the point spread in order for the bet to win. Puck line betting is unlike point spreads in most other sports, as the line is always +/- 1.5. As a result, sportsbooks will alter the spread of a hockey game by adjusting the odds attached to each puck line.

Bettors have the option of wagering on the favorite to win by two or more goals, or they can bet on the underdog to lose by no more than one goal.

Example of a Hockey Puck Line

101 Chicago Blackhawks    -130    -1½   (+150)
102 Pittsburgh Penguins   +120   +1½   (-170)

In this example, the Chicago Blackhawks are number 101 on the betting rotation. They are favorites over the Pittsburgh Penguins and are (-130) on the money line. The puck line is next and will have a positive (+) or negative (-) symbol to indicate if that team is giving or receiving goals. The odds on the far right are the puck line payouts.

The Chicago Blackhawks would need to win the game by two goals or more to win the wager, while the Pittsburgh Penguins would need to lose by one goal or less in order to win the wager. If you wagered $100 on Chicago at +150 odds, you would win $150 if they won the game by two or more goals . If you decided to take Pittsburgh and get +1.5 goals. You would win if the Penguins either win the game or lose by no more than one goal. But, you would have to wager $170 to win $100. If the underdog Penguins did win outright a money line bet of $170 would have won $204.