In NHL betting, a three-way handicap puck line wager is similar to the three-way moneyline wager, except that in this scenario, there is a handicap or spread attached to the bet to give one team an advantage to start out with. And as with the three-way moneyline, the three-way puck line handicap only takes into account regulation time. The bet concludes when 60 minutes of play concludes, regardless of whether extra time follows.
A sportsbook like PointsBet offers a number of variables on the three-way puck line handicap wager. The visiting team is offered 1-0 and 2-0 starts, and you can play either option.
Let’s say the Columbus Blue Jackets are playing against the Florida Panthers. In a 1-0 scenario, Columbus would get a goal and would, in essence, start the game with a 1-0 lead on the Panthers.
If you place a wager on the Blue Jackets, you will be a winner if they win the game or lose the game by one goal. If you bet the Panthers, since they are already down 1-0 due to the handicap, they must win by at least two goals for you to cash a winner. If you play the draw, it is considered a +1, the same as the Panthers, so a winning wager on the tie would be a one-goal Florida victory.
Now let’s look at a 2-0 handicap. In this instance, you are spotting the Blue Jackets a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard before the puck is dropped. All Columbus needs to do now to make you a winner is lose by less than three goals. A wager on the Panthers now requires them to win by at least three goals in order for you to cash. And a winning ticket on a draw wager would be if the Panthers take the game by exactly two goals.
The three-way puck line handicap also offers 0-1 and 0-2 wagers, where you flip the spread and give the home team the advantage on the scoreboard. It’s a great way to add juice to a wager on a favorite, but you lower your potential for a return on your wager because the odds will drop significantly.