Overtime in Hockey: A Quick Overview

Before we delve into betting specifics, let’s quickly understand what overtime in hockey means. In instances where teams are tied at the end of the third period, they head into overtime to determine the game’s winner.

Does Overtime Impact Your Bet?

The 3-Way Moneyline Bet

In a 3-way bet, you’re essentially betting on three possible outcomes: Team A winning, Team B winning, or a draw (end of regulation time). If you choose a draw, your bet is a winner if the game goes into overtime, no matter which team ultimately wins.

The 2-Way Moneyline Bet

This is the more traditional betting option. Here, you’re betting on the overall winner of the match. Overtime and shootouts are included. If your chosen team wins in overtime or through a shootout, your bet is a winner.

Totals (Over/Under) Betting

For these bets, you’re wagering whether the total number of goals scored by both teams will be over or under a specified number. Generally, goals scored in overtime and during a shootout do count towards this total.

Why It Matters

Being on the Right Side of the Bet

Understanding the influence of overtime on different bet types ensures you’re not caught off guard. It helps in placing bets with clarity and confidence.

Maximizing Winnings

Knowing how overtime impacts bets can assist in identifying betting opportunities that others might overlook, potentially increasing your winnings.

Additional Betting Rules to Consider

Game Postponements

If a game gets postponed, most sportsbooks will keep the bet active as long as the game is rescheduled and played within a stipulated timeframe.

Player Prop Bets

For bets centered on individual player achievements, like the number of goals scored by a player, goals during overtime often count, but it’s always good to check the specific rules of the sportsbook.



Overtime can significantly impact the outcome of hockey bets. Bets count overtime/shootouts unless specified. For penalty shootouts, one goal is added to the winner’s score for settlement. Some markets exclude overtime/shootouts.

By understanding its role, bettors can make informed decisions, enhancing the thrill and potential rewards of the game. As always, ensure you’re familiar with the rules of the specific sportsbook you’re betting with, and bet responsibly.

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