The NHL has a system in place that prevents any game from ending as a tie in overtime. If the game remains tie after one overtime period, it is then decided by a shootout. What makes this system so unique is the NHL’s point system for its standings. Since there are a high number of ties in regulation throughout an 82-game regular season, teams that lose in overtime still get one point while the winning team gets the full two points.

These factors in heavily when it comes to betting on NHL games at the top online bookmakers. Top-rated online sportsbooks such as Intertops offer a number of ways to bet the games. The most common NHL betting option is the money line. Similar to MLB betting, you have to risk more to make less betting the favorite while earning a higher return on your money betting the underdog.

The NHL’s Most Dominant Division

Along with a total line for the final combined score, you can also bet on the NHL puck line. This would be similar to the run line in baseball. The puck line adds a 1.5-goal spread to the betting equation which, in turn, has a major impact on the adjusted money line odds. The favorite now has to win the game by two or more goals to cash a winning play. The underdog has to stay within one goal in the final score or win the game outright. 

This adds a unique twist to the overtime scenario. If the game ends tied in regulation, the underdog wins on a puck line bet regardless of what happens in overtime. This could be the best way to bet games that you see remaining close through all three periods. It will cost you more to bet the underdog on the puck line but sometimes this strategy does make sense.

Betting On Early NHL Trends

Using the early NHL results this season through the end of November, 109 games have been decided in overtime. Interestingly enough, the results on the total line are split 50/50 despite the added score. 

With most of the 31 teams approaching the 30-game mark in their schedule, the defending champion St. Louis Blues have the most overtime losses with six. Their overall return betting the money line through 28 games (17-5-6) is plus $462. The Blues have been a solid bet on the road at 9-2-3 with a 8-3-3 record at home.

One of the best NHL betting teams this season has been the Winnipeg Jets at plus $858. All of that money has been won on the road with a record of 10-5-0. The Jets are 16-10-1 overall. The best NHL team to go against this season has been the Detroit Red Wings at 7-19-3. They are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak heading into December.

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Betting the NHL with Intertops involves studying the betting lines on each day’s board. The actual SU money line might include a three-way option to factor in a possible tie in regulation. If two teams are closely matched, you might want to roll the dice on this high-value play. 

You also have the option to take the underdog head-to-head against the favorite on the standard two-way money line odds. You can also break things down with individual period bets. Keep in mind, that overtime will not apply to any third period only wagers.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.

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