The 2020/2021 NHL championship saw a shakeup in structure, with the pandemic a serious cause for concern that the NHL looked to handle with a reduction in team movements and games. The teams were divided into just four divisions, North, South, East, and West to allow them to travel less and with fewer games to be played against each team. The result ended up with 56 games being played, rather than the usual 82 games which are played in a standard season.
At the end of this slightly strange season with regards to structure, Tampa Bay Lightning took the Stanley Cup. Winning back to back titles and going down in history with the likes of Montréal Canadiens, New York Islanders, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the most recent team to complete the duel win, the Pittsburgh Penguins who lifted the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017.
Facing off against the tough Montreal Canadiens in the series finale, Tampa Bay had an impressive showing in the series, winning all three of their first games and almost completing a clean sweep if it wasn’t for a loss in the fourth game.
Tampa then closed out the Stanley Cup victory in style with a 1-0 win in the fifth game at home. Ross Colton scored in the 2nd period and the phenom Andrei Vasilevskiy helped them hold on for the win and the title, making an insane 22 saves against the aggressive Montreal team. This impressive performance was met with lifting the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP at the playoffs.
Who will win the 2022 Stanley Cup?
Starting as favourites once again this year are Colorado Avalanche, despite losing to Las Vegas Knights in the second round of the Stanley Cup just played, they are the bookies pick.
They have the highest projected points total for the coming season at 73.5 and in the 2020/2021 season, they ranked fourth in goals per game, with an average of 3.7 scored, whilst only conceding 2.61 goals per game.
The team has been reinforced massively with some high ranking draft pickups as well as plenty of contracts being signed by the likes of Tyson Jost ( C), Oskar Olausson (RW), Ryan Murray (D) totalling nearly $9,000,000.
Other noticeable mentions that are close in the running to grab the Stanley Cup this season are last year’s winners Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Who will win the Western Conference?
Colorado Avalanche are the heavy favourites to come out on top with ease in the western conference and the odds reflect that, look to get around +220 with your bets on them. A fairly close second are the Vegas Knights at +300 and in the race with a long shot at around +1200 are Minnesota Wild.
Who will win the Eastern Conference?
Things get a little heated in the east, with plenty of talented teams battling it out. You can expect Tampa Bay to look to defend their title heavily and progress to the playoffs with odds of winning their spot at +350. Their closest rivals are the Toronto Maple Leafs (+600) and the Boston Bruins (+700).
Who will win the Atlantic Division?
Huge favourites within this division are Tampa Bay Lightning at +130, but in the running to progress to the playoffs at +220 you’ll find the Toronto Maple Leafs. Another possible worthwhile punt with longer odds to win are the Boston Bruins at +450.
Who will win the Central Division?
Clear favourites here are Colorado Avalanche at -220 with the only other team that can possibly challenge them being Minnesota Wild at +550.
Who will win the Metropolitan Division?
The Carolina Hurricanes are favorites to win the division with a betting line of +370 set. Close rivals include the Pittsburgh Penguins, which are down as +400 to win.
Who will win the Pacific Division?
Las Vegas Knights are heavy favorites in this hunt for making the playoffs from this division. They pretty much dominate this coast and you can get odds of around -170 right now. The closest team that has a chance of knocking them off the top spot are the Edmonton Oilers at +400.
NHL 2021/22 Player Awards
There are many prestigious awards handed out at the end of the NHL season. Players and coaches can get their hands on trophies including:
- James Norris Memorial Trophy for the best Defenseman
- Vezina Trophy for the best goaltender
- The Hart Trophy for the MVP of the season
- Calder Memorial Trophy for the Rookie of the Year
- The Ted Lindsay Award for Most Outstanding Player
- The Selke Trophy for the Best Defensive Forward
- The Lady Byng Trophy for the Most Gentlemanly Player
- The Jack Adams Award for the Coach of the Year.
Connor McDavid (Oilers) is the favouite right now at +400, with Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) at +500 and Auston Matthews (Leafs) at +700 in the running.
James Norris Trophy
There is no clear favouite for this award, contenders include Cale Makar (Avalanche) at +500, Adam Fox (Rangers) at +600 and Victor Hedman (Lightning) at +600.
Andrei Vasilevskiy for Tampa Bay Lightning is set as the favouite at +400. Then there’s Marc-Andre Fleury playing for Golden Knights and Philip Grubauer who plays for Kraken who you can find odds of +800 to win the trophy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does the 2021/2022 start and end?
The regular NHL season is due to commence on October 12, 2021, and conclude sometime in June 2022. Live odds for NHL games
What are NHL Futures?
NHL Futures are bets on who will win the Stanley Cup or maybe just a particular conference. You can also bet on MVP and various other awards that are handed out, even who will be the best coach of the season when the dust or ice, in this case, settles.
The lack of data on teams and the fact these are long-term bets makes for good odds to be available because anything can happen in the world of NHL.
What to consider when betting on the Stanley Cup?
Consider that away games might be tougher on teams than before due to restrictions in travel due to Covid 19 regulations. This might make home teams have a much greater advantage than before.
With Vegas Knights and Colorado Avalanche both sharing the central division, you may be wise to avoid betting on either of these teams and choosing a slight outsider with an easier path to the playoffs such as Tampa Bay Lightning or the Montreal Canadiens.
When does the 2021 NHL Draft take place?
July 23–24, 2021 in a remote format due to Covid 19 at the NHL studios in New Jersey. Owen Power was selected first by the Buffalo Sabres.
What arena changes have taken place since last season?
- The New York Islanders are set to move to the UBS arena.
- The Winnipeg Jets has been renamed to the Canada Life Centre, but remains in the same location.
- Seattle Kraken will play from the Climate Pledge Arena.
What NHL events are there for the 2021/2022 season?
NHL Winter Classic January 1st, 2022
Blues Vs Wild.
Target Field. Minnesota
2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. More details to follow
2022 NHL Stadium Series, February 26, 2022
Lightning Vs Predators
Nissan Stadium, Nashville