+1.5 and -1.5 Puck Line Meaning

Let’s quickly review what a +1.5 and -1.5 puck line means in hockey betting. We’re basing our response off our more detailed NHL betting tutorial, which explains NHL puck line, goal total, and moneyline bets in more detail.

Sports betting sites typically release puck lines after they’ve firmed up a hockey game’s moneyline and goal total bets. So if you don’t see a puck line available right away, check the NHL odds again a few hours later. Note that some preseason hockey games and exhibitions may not have puck lines unless there is enough interest for a sportsbook to create a puck line market.


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+1.5 Puck Line

A +1.5 puck line indicates a side is the underdog. In order to win a bet on a +1.5 underdog, the side must win outright or not lose by more than 1 goal, including overtime and shootouts.

Since there haven’t been ties in the NHL since the 2005-06 season, a +1.5 line gives the underdog the chance to lose by 1 goal or beat the other side outright.

How the Underdog Wins

Here’s a quick way to tell if a +1.5 underdog won. Subtract the underdog’s score from the favorite’s score. If the value is negative or less than 1.5, the puck line underdog won.

+1.5 Underdog Wins Example

  • Favorite scored 3 goals
  • Underdog scored 2 goals
  • 3 – 2 = 1
  • 1 is less than 1.5, therefore the underdog won.

-1.5 Puck Line

A -1.5 puck line indicates a side is the favorite. In order to win a bet on a -1.5 favorite, the side must win by 2 or more goals, including overtime and shootouts.

Betting a -1.5 puck line means you’re expecting the favorite to win handily. You shouldn’t place this bet unless you’re sure a team can win by 2 or more goals, including any overtime.

How the Favorite Wins

Here’s a quick way to tell if a -1.5 favorite won. Subtract the underdog’s score from the favorite’s score. If the value is 2 or more, the favorite won.

-1.5 Favorite Wins Example

  • Favorite scored 4 goals
  • Underdog scored 2 goals
  • 4 – 2 = 2
  • 2 is greater than 1.5, therefore the favorite won.

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How +1.5 and -1.5 Puck Line Odds Work

You’ll notice each side of the puck line has odds that resemble a moneyline. Unlike NFL or NBA point spreads that usually have odds around -110, puck lines typically have odds ranging from -125 to +225.

Puck line odds work the same as any other moneyline. Minus numbers indicate how much you risk to win $100, while plus numbers indicate how much you win if you risk $100.

NHL Puck Line Example

Puck Line
Game
Line & Odds
Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers
10/17/23 6:08pm EDT
-1.5 +180
+1.5 -225

What Puck Line Odds Mean

In the example above, Vancouver is the -1.5 +180 favorite. That means favorite bettors risk $100 to win $180. In order for the favorite bettors to win, Vancouver must win the game by 2 or more goals.

On the other hand, Philadelphia is the +1.5 -225 underdog. That means underdog bettors risk $225 to win $100. In order for the underdog bettors to win, Philadelphia must not lose by more than 1 goal, or must win the game outright.

You’ll notice that taking the puck line favorite usually returns a higher win than the underdog. That’s because it will be harder for puck line favorite to win by 2 or more goals than for the puck line underdog to lose by 1 goal or win outright. As a result, the sportsbook is willing to reward those who take the riskier favorite with a higher win than those who play it safe with the underdog.

Following the example, the odds on Vancouver -1.5 +180 mean it’s less likely they can win by 2 or more goals. Conversely, the odds on Philadelphia +1.5 -225 mean it’s more likely they will lose by 1 goal or potentially win outright.

Finally, you can learn more about what to look for when handicapping a hockey game with our helpful primer article.

FAQs

What does a +1.5 puck line mean?

A +1.5 puck line indicates a side is the underdog. In order to win a bet on a +1.5 underdog, the side must win outright or not lose by more than 1 goal, including overtime and shootouts.

What does a -1.5 puck line mean?

A -1.5 puck line indicates a side is the favorite. In order to win a bet on a -1.5 favorite, the side must win by 2 or more goals, including overtime and shootouts.

What do puck line odds mean?

Puck line odds work the same as any other moneyline. Minus numbers indicate how much you risk to win $100, while plus numbers indicate how much you win if you risk $100.

Why does the puck line favorite have plus odds?

You’ll notice that taking the puck line favorite usually returns a higher win than the underdog. That’s because it will be harder for puck line favorite to win by 2 or more goals.

Why does the puck line underdog have minus odds?

Taking the puck line underdog usually returns a lower win than the underdog. That’s because it’s much easier for the puck line underdog to lose by 1 goal or win outright than for the puck line favorite to win by 2 or more goals.

Why are puck line odd different than standard -110 point spread odds?

You’ll notice each side of the puck line has odds that resemble a moneyline. Unlike football or basketball point spreads that usually have odds around -110, puck lines typically have odds ranging from -125 to +225.

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