2021 NHL Playoffs Betting Rundown
The 2021 NHL Playoffs has begun but for most people, betting on the NHL playoffs is not an easy task. This is because this season, the regular NHL games were within their own divisions. In addition, the NHL Playoffs had to be push back because of a COVID-19 outbreak for the Vancouver Canucks. Therefore, the post season games will be tougher and more exciting to watch. Let’s take a look at the 2021 NHL Playoffs Betting Rundown to help you with your NHL Betting.
According to PayPerHead websites, the Stanley Cup Playoffs began on May 15 and will end sometimes in July. Furthermore, this is the first time since 2020 that the leagues will return to its original 16-team playoff format. Thus, hockey betting fans will see the format go back to the best-of-seven series.
Let’s start with a quick run down of each NHL team in the 2021 NHL Playoffs. However, before we start, let’s talk about some of the changes that are taking place this season. For example, the Capitals and the Bruins are playing each other in the first round. This is because of COVID-19 travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada. Needless to say, there will not be a Western or Eastern Conference Championship this year.
2021 NHL Playoffs Betting Rundown by Divisions
In the northern Division we see the Maple Leafs as the favorite team to win the Stanley Cup at +600. In their division, they are the only one that is seen as a true contender for the Stanley Cup this year. This is because according to gambling industry news, every other team in that division has odds over 2,000 to win.
Betting on Eastern Division teams are long shots for the road to the Stanley Cup. This is because most of the teams do not compare in terms of standings and statistics. However, this is betting which means anything is possible.
On the other hand, the NHL Central Division has the Carolina Hurricanes at +750. According to sports betting software analysis, they have the potential to win with their strong offensive and defensive power.
The NHL Western Division is the home of the Colorado Avalanche at +375. They are the Cup favorites thanks to an exceptional starting lineup and goalie. However, some sports handicappers are skeptical. This is because if anything happens to Grubauer, they do not have another goalie that can measure up.