How to Bet Puck-Line Odds
Hockey can occasionally have rather high money line prices, with heavy favorites, either due to a lopsided matchup based upon the standings or an uneven goaltender matchup, perhaps. Heavy favorites are commonplace, making the money-line wagers particularly risky. It is required to risk quite a bit for a very small return./p>
So puck-line wagers can be a much better value, as you will bet on a favorite to win by a spread, more often than not at 1 ½ goals, and you risk less than on a money-line. You can also bet underdogs on the puck-line.
Washington -1 ½ +145 (Bet $100 to win $145)
Detroit +1 ½ -175 (Bet $100 to win $57.10)
In the example listed above, Washington is listed as the favorite (-), while Detroit is considered the underdog. If you were to select the Capitals, who need to win by at least two goals, they would return a total of $245, which includes a $145 win and your original $100 stake. The fractional odds for the wager listed above would be 29/20, with the decimal format listed at 2.45.
If you were to pick the Red Wings in this particular instance, it is basically insurance because you do not believe in Detroit's ability to win outright. The Red Wings can lose by one goal, and you still cash a winning ticket, because they were able to cover the 'spread'. In the example listed above, a $100 winning wager on the Red Wings could return a total of just $57.10. The fractional odds for this particularly example would be 4/7, with the Red Wings listed at 1.571 using the decimal conversion, which is commonly used overseas.