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Unlike basketball, football, or other spread sports, the moneyline is the primary way to bet the Columbus Blue Jackets. Betting the moneyline means you expect the Blue Jackets will win the game outright.
Let's imagine Columbus is a small favorite at home. Their moneyline odds are -140, and their opponent's odds are +120. That means you would have to bet $140 on Columbus to win $100. If you wanted to bet against the Blue Jackets, you would win $120 if you bet $100 on their opponent.
There can be considerable differences in moneyline odds between NHL teams. It's not uncommon to see the best teams have -300 moneyline odds against the worst teams in the league.
If you don't want to bet high moneyline odds, you can bet the puck line. Similar to a spread in football or basketball, the puck line allows you to bet the Columbus Blue Jackets against a 1.5 goal spread.
Let's use the example above. If Columbus is a -140 favorite, the puck line would be -1.5 (+160). That means the Blue Jackets would need to win the game by two goals or more, but you would win $160 for every $100 bet.
Likewise, you could bet their opponent at odds of +1.5 (-180), which means you would have to bet $180 to win $100 and need the opponent to win or lose the game by one goal to win your bet.
Like other sports, betting the Columbus Blue Jackets game total is a popular bet. Let's imagine the Blue Jackets is playing tonight, and the total is 5.5 goals. You can simply bet over 5.5 goals or under 5.5 goals. So if you think Columbus and their opponent will score a lot of goals, you'd need six total goals scored to win your bet. If you think the Blue Jackets will have a low-scoring game, you'd need both teams to score six goals or less.
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