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Unlike basketball, football, or other spread sports, the moneyline is the primary way to bet the Washington Capitals. Betting the moneyline means you expect the Capitals will win the game outright.
Let's imagine Washington 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 Washington to win $100. If you wanted to bet against the Capitals, 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 Washington Capitals against a 1.5 goal spread.
Let's use the example above. If Washington is a -140 favorite, the puck line would be -1.5 (+160). That means the Capitals 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 Washington Capitals game total is a popular bet. Let's imagine the Capitals 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 Washington and their opponent will score a lot of goals, you'd need six total goals scored to win your bet. If you think the Capitals will have a low-scoring game, you'd need both teams to score six goals or less.
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