NHL Public Betting & Money Percentages
Our betting trends, also known as public betting percentages, represent actual wagers. A large money percentage indicates a higher likelihood that pros are betting on this side. Monitoring public betting data is a vital tool used by sharp bettors to find value within the sports betting marketplace.
A spread bet allows bettors to wager on the margin of victory in an NHL game, but the spread is almost always set at -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog due to hockey’s low-scoring nature. The spread in hockey betting is often referred to as the “puck line.” Odds will be assigned to each side of the spread, depending on each team’s ability, and work the same as a moneyline.
A total (also known as an over/under) allows bettors to choose whether the number of goals scored by both teams will be over or under the listed amount. If a hockey total is set at 6, bettors can wager on the combined score being over or under 6 goals.
A moneyline bet, the most popular betting option in hockey, requires bettors to pick the winner of the game, with the odds adjusted according to each team’s ability. A -200 favorite is expected to win the game, so bettors need to risk $2 for every $1 they want to win. A +170 underdog gives bettors the chance to win $1.70 for every $1 risked.