Betting against the spread or ATS for short is the most popular way to bet on NHL games and is also very simple. Betting against the spread in NHL is also commonly referred to as betting against the Puck Line (PL).
The team that is favored will be listed with a negative number (ie. -1.5) and that is the number of goals that they need to win the game by. NHL puck lines are always listed as -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdogs. This means that the favorite must win the game by 2 goals and the underdog can lose the game by a goal or win the game outright for you to win an NHL run line bet. Since NHL games cannot end in a tie, there is no situation where an NHL run line bet can “push”.
Additionally, virtually all sports books do not allow you to “buy” any points in an NHL run line bet. Instead of adjusting the puck line to -2 or -2.5, sports books will adjust the payouts for -1.5 favorites or +1.5 underdogs.
When you are betting hockey against the spread it can be very difficult to find value because the NHL odds & lines are constantly changing. Using BetQL you can create and save your own custom dashboards that specifically identity value for NHL puck line odds. Creating your own dashboards is easy and you can add in a team’s ATS record and then add in their ATS record at home & ATS record to your saved dashboard to see if a team regularly covers the puck line. Sign up for BetQL and try it out for yourself and start cashing tickets today.