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NHL point spread betting explained

NHL point spread betting, or betting the puck line, is unlike your standard bet. It’s not about picking winners or losers, it’s about predicting how much a team will win or lose by. It’s here you can find hidden value where you wouldn’t expect it.

What is NHL point spread betting?

NHL point spread rules are just like betting the spread in other sports. Rather than betting on who the winner will be (taking the moneyline), you are betting on whether the favorite will win by more than the spread or if the underdog will will not lose by more than the spread and/or win the match outright.

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. If you’re confident your team is going to win by a certain margin, or lose by one (or pull off a shock win), it can be more profitable to bet on an NHL point spread rather than take a winner. They’re also a great addition to parlays, as taking an NHL point spread rather than picking a winner can be a neat way to increase your payout.

How to place an NHL point spread bet

Let’s look at NHL point spread betting explained with an example involving the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Puck Line (including OT and shootout)Total (including OT and shootout)Moneyline (including OT and shootout)
Bruins+1.5 (-205)O 6.5 (-103)+132
Penguins-1.5 (+170)U 6.5 (-118)-152

We feel confident that the Penguins are going to win, and win big. We could play it straight and take the moneyline, but the idea of winning more money sounds appealing, so we take the Penguins against the spread instead, which is the puck line, set at 1.5.

Should they win by at least two goals, then a $100 bet will result in us winning $170. Had we bet the moneyline, our $100 would have won just $65.79.

Of course, we can bet any amount we want. Enter your stake and odds into our bet calculator and it’ll show you your return instantly.

Sometimes taking an NHL point spread works in our favor and sometimes it doesn’t. Take the same example. Had we taken the Bruins and they won straight up, we would have won $132. But had we taken the spread and they won or lost by one, we would have won $48.78.

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