Stanley Cup Betting
The Regular Season
Each team plays a total of 82 games 41 home games and 41 on the road. Each team will play all other teams in their division six times, all teams outside of their division four times and the remaining 18 games are inter-conference games. This set up allows each team to play every other team at least once. Each team is awarded two points for a win, one point for a loss in overtime or a shootout and no points for a loss in regulation time. These points determine the seed positions for the teams and thus whether or not they qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The league is divided up into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The Eastern Conference is divided up into three divisions: Atlantic, Northeast and Southeast. The Western Conference is divided up into three divisions: Central, Northwest and Pacific.
The Post Season
After being introduced to the sport by his children, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, became a huge hockey fan. Recognizing that there was no commemoration for the best team in Canada, in 1892 he purchased a decorative bowl for use as a trophy. It became known as the Stanley Cup and is still used to commemorate the best team in the NHL each year. It is one of only two sports trophies that have all of the winning team membersnames inscribed on it. Unlike other sports trophies, a new trophy is not made for each year's winner to keep. Instead, the Cup is passed from team to team each year. The Cup is surrounded by plenty of superstition and legends and is one of the most coveted prizes in the sporting world.
The Stanley Cup playoffs is a best of seven series. The top 16 teams (eight from each conference) face off in three rounds to determine who will play in the final round for the honor of claiming the Stanley Cup. In the first round, or Conference Quarterfinals, teams from each conference are matched up based on their seed positions. The top seeded teams face off against the lowest seeded teams as follows: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5.
In the second round, or Conference Semifinals, the top remaining seed plays against the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams face off against one another.
In the third round, or Conference Finals, the two remaining teams in the conference play against one another. The winners of this series are declared the conference champions and go on to play in the final round against the opposing conference champions for the Stanley Cup.
The Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup an unprecedented 24 times. That's more than double the amount of the second most winning team, which is the Detroit Red Wings with 11 wins. The Boston Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers round out the top three with five wins apiece. There are 12 teams that have never won the Cup.
The post season is a favorite for sports bettors and fans alike. Many people like to add an extra element of excitement to the games by making a friendly wager. Many online sportsbooks offer odds on several aspects of the games, but the two most popular are the Money Line and the Puck Line. If you would like to learn more about the odds in this sport, check out our ice hockey page. If you would like to learn more about other types of hockey to bet on, check out our Olympic Hockey page. Or, if you would rather just get right into it, visit our recommended sportsbooks to put down a wager on your favorite teams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bet on the Stanley Cup?
Yes, in fact the Stanley Cup is one of the most popular NHL games to bet on and many of the top betting sites offer gamblers amazing deals when the Stanley Cup rolls around.
How do the odds work?
The odds in the Stanley Cup show you the probability of a team winning the game and also the amount of cash you'll rake in if you bet on the team that turns out to be victorious.
How do the betting lines work?
The betting lines in the Stanley Cup work in exactly the same way as they do in any other NHL game.
You can bet on the money line if you just want to pick the team that'll win or you can bet on the puck line if you want to gamble on how many points the winners will actually win by.
What games are open to bets?
All the ice hockey games in the entire NHL season are open to bets, including the final Stanley Cup match.
How much can be won?
How much you can win will be determined by how much you bet in the first place but gamblers have been known to win over $100,000 betting on the Stanley Cup final.
How can I win?
The more you know about the teams in the final and the individual players in those teams, the more likely you are to place a winning bet. There are loads of websites full of information and match statistics, so make sure you swot up before you make your final selection.
How does betting compare with other sports?
Betting or gambling on particular events is obviously not the same as actually playing them because you are betting on an outcome rather than actively taking part in the match.
Sports betting is a type of gambling that does involve skill, so it's more like poker or blackjack than slots or bingo.