What Does +1.5 Mean in NHL Betting?

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New Jersey Devils' Nico Hischier (13) works agains Carolina Hurricanes' Derek Stepan (21) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 11, 2023.
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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta May 12, 2023, 5:33 AM

When betting on an NHL puck line, +1.5 means that the underdog team must either win the game outright or lose the game by one goal or less in order for the bet to be successful.

With a puck line, also called “against the spread,” the spread is almost always 1.5 goals. The favorite team will be set at -1.5, which means they must win the game by two or more goals to “cover” the puck line. The underdog team covers the puck line by either winning outright or losing by one goal or less.

If the team you bet on covers the puck line, the bet is successful.

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.