NHL Betting Vault: Three-Way Lines

The standard NHL moneyline remains the most popular way to bet on NHL games. The moneyline adds a premium for betting the favorites while there is added value in betting the underdog.

Betting heavy favorites come with much more risk verse potential reward. Picking the big upsets can add a major boost to any online NHL betting account.

To shake things up a bit, many online sportsbooks will offer three-way moneylines as a different way to bet the games.

The third betting option, the three-way line, is a tie at the end of regulation after the end of the third 20-minute period. This happens more times than you think. Just look at any team’s record for a quick glance at how many of their games were decided in overtime.


The three-way line for ice hockey is very popular in international play.

Unless the competition is a single-elimination format or part of a multi-game series, ties are counted in international play.

The NHL’s overtime rules include extra play in a sudden-death situation where the next goal scored wins the game. If a game remains tie after the allotted extra period time, it will be decided in a shootout.

Standard online sportsbook rules do not count any extra play when grading a three-way NHL betting line.

Optimal Opportunities for Betting NHL Three-Way Lines

The most obvious scenario for betting a tie in any NHL game is a close matchup. It stands to reason that if the gap between the favorite and the underdog is small according to the two-way moneyline odds, the game should remain close for the entire three periods.

There are times when the moneyline is set at -110 for both the favorite and the underdog.

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Any line that is close becomes a possible candidate for a three-way play on a tie.

What makes this bet so attractive is the higher odds for picking a tie. If the favorite is set at -135 and the underdog is +115, the odds the games ends in a tie at the end of regulation might be as high as +175.

Comparing two-way and three-way NHL lines to one another is a good starting point to uncover the betting value in this particular option.

You can still bet the favorite or the underdog in a three-way line so it is always important to check the actual numbers for the games you are looking to bet.


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Shopping NHL Three-Way Lines

If you are interested in opportunities for betting NHL ties, the first step is coming up with a short list of online sportsbooks that specialize in these types of betting lines. Once you have a short list of two to three online books, you can track the opening lines as well as the line movements.

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Most of the pros are already using a handful of different books to place their action. Even as a casual sports bettor, it makes sense to do business with more than one online book. Having the ability to compare and contrast the numbers for any bet is a smart way to add value to the best lines in your favor.

Sports that use moneylines as the primary way to bet on the games such as ice hockey will sometimes have a wider variance in those betting lines from one book to the next.

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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.