At the end of an 82-game regular season half of the NHL Teams are eliminated and their season comes to an end. For the rest it is playoff season, with the top 8 teams in each conference going on to compete for the world-famous Stanley Cup. We are going to breakdown the key parts of the playoffs and how betting on them varies from the regular season.
The NHL playoffs are played in a best of seven series. The teams are put in to matches based on their performance during the regular season. The top team in each division will play the 8th best team and so on. Once these divisional rounds have been completed you will be left with one team from each conference who will then go on to do battle in a seven series match for the coveted Stanley Cup.
Although the individual games themselves are the same as regular season games, the additional fact that teams are competing in a seven-game series adds a new element to how you bet on these games and the markets available to you. For our guide on regular season games check out our NHL Betting Basics.
Series Winner – This is a very popular market during the playoffs and allows you to pick which team you think will progress to the next round of the playoffs. The team to reach 4 wins first will progress. The team with the best record going into the playoff match will have 4 of the 7 games at home and this is something you should consider.
Correct Series Score – A bet which is only available during the playoffs. This market enables you to choose what the final score in the series will be. It is important to remember that once a team reaches 4 wins, the series is over and not all seven games will be played. Due the number of variables within this market you will find the correct score market comes with significantly higher odds than simply choosing a team to win the series.
When Will the Series End – This market is similar to the correct score market but only requires you to select in which game you think the series will come to an end. As a team only needs 4 wins to progress, you can only choose from games 4,5,6 and 7.
Use the regular season – The playoffs come at the end of a gruelling 82 game regular season. During that time, it is highly likely the teams in the playoffs will have taken each other on. This research can be really important in helping you come to the best conclusion before placing a bet. With so much information to look back at from the regular season, although it may be time consuming it will definitely allow you to grow your knowledge of the teams involved in the playoffs and put you in a position to make an informed decision.
Spread the fun – Betting on NHL can enhance your experience but in order to do that spreading your stakes is important. This gives you greater control over your budget and allows you to participate for longer. The playoffs are a busy time with lots of games going on across all of the divisions, by having a good staking plan in place you can bet safe in the knowledge of the impact this will have on your allocated funds for betting.
Like most sports the business end of the season is when it gets exciting. The NHL playoffs are action packed and full of twists and turns. There is no greater prize than winning the Stanley Cup and that makes a difference to the players. If you are going to have a bet during the playoffs be sure to make use of the advice in this article as well as all of our other content at BettorMind.
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