The National Hockey League is the most powerful hockey championship in the world. The level of teams and the unpredictability of results are at an extremely high level here. Very little separates the strongest team from the weakest. It's no joke, odds on the winner of a match in the NHL very rarely go below 2. In this regard, predicting the winner of a match is extremely difficult – anyone can beat anyone and this will not be a surprise. In today's article, we will tell you about the interesting features of some of the league teams that can be used in betting.
The basic features of NHL betting can be found in a separate review.
- Edmonton and Buffalo rarely make the playoffs
- Eastern Conference teams perform better
- Average Total Leaders
- Grassroots league teams
- Boston have a very solid defense
- Tampa Bay has the most powerful attack
- Every year a new champion
- Regular season winner does not win the Stanley Cup
Edmonton and Buffalo rarely make the playoffs
If you look at the standings of the regular season for the past 6 years, then these teams are one of the few that almost do not make the playoffs, but often occupy the lowest positions in the conference tables. This is due to the fact that, by NHL standards, teams have unremarkable lineups with a minimum of stellar performers.
About “Buffalo” is worth mentioning separately. The team has been unable to make the playoffs for 8 seasons in a row, and most often occupies the last or penultimate place in the Eastern Conference table. The percentage of points scored is almost always less than 50% in these seasons. It makes sense to take a closer look at the rates against these teams.
Eastern Conference teams perform better
If you study the NHL winners over the past 20 years, it turns out that teams from the East win more often. So the Easterners won 11 Stanley Cups, the Westerners – 9.
Another confirmation of the words that the Eastern Conference is stronger is that if you look at the final tables of the regular championships over the past 10 years, the Eastern Conference teams tend to gain more points. This suggests that in the face-to-face meetings of the western and eastern teams, the latter have an advantage. This feature of the league can be kept in mind when meeting teams from various conferences.
Average Total Leaders
Clubs such as Toronto, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Washington have led the league in average total per game almost every season for more than a decade. The leaders of the season have an average of 6.4-6.6 goals per game. The probability of high total and TB is especially high in the matches between these rivals. For example, there is a very high probability of passing a bet on TB 6.5 in the matches Toronto – Washington, Tampa Bay – Ottawa, etc. In such matches, 7-9 goals are often thrown.
In the last couple of seasons, there has generally been a tendency towards an increase in the average total matches in the league. Even 3-4 seasons ago, in the matches of the leading teams in terms of the average total, there were 5.5-5.8 goals per game on average, but now this value tends to 7.0.
Grassroots league teams
Boston, New York Islanders, Dallas and Anaheim have most often finished the team table in terms of total matches in recent years. For these teams, this value is approximately 4.5-5 goals per game on average.
Very low by league standards. Boston is traditionally renowned for its super-reliable goalkeeper and strong defensive play; from season to season, the team is included in all sorts of top defensive actions. Bottom total is often observed in face-to-face meetings of grassroots teams: Anaheim – Dallas, Boston – Islanders, etc. In such matches, it is appropriate to bet on TM 5.5.
Boston have a very solid defense
In the 2010/2011 season, the team won the Stanley Cup, after which they played twice in the final. The squad is also highly stable: it regularly makes the playoffs. All this is achieved thanks to a very reliable defense. From year to year, Boston is the leader or one of the leaders of the league in terms of goals conceded, rarely conceding more than 210 goals in the regular season, which is a very good indicator. As a result, in matches with the participation of Boston, it is profitable to bet on the individual total of opponents less, as well as on TM matches.
Tampa Bay has the most powerful attack
In the 2018/2019 season, the team swept away everyone in its path in the regular season, scored 312 goals. And in previous seasons “lightning” stood out for their attack. The team has one of the best players in the Kucherov league, who is perfectly complemented by NHL stars Point and Stamkos. In the matches of this team, bets on the individual total of Tampa Bay more and TB matches with the same squads who are apologists for attacking hockey: Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa, etc. look profitable.
Every year a new champion
In the NHL, the winner is constantly changing. Over the past two decades, only Pittsburgh have managed to win the championship twice in a row in the seasons 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. Those. Betting on the victory of St. Louis in the 2019/2020 season is not profitable.
Regular season winner does not win the Stanley Cup
The last time Detroit did this was in the 2007/2008 season, when the team, following the regular season, won the NHL's main trophy. There was also the 2012/2013 season, in which Chicago dominated, but we will leave it outside the brackets, because the season was post-lockout (the teams played only 48 matches in the regular season). So if the team wins the regular season, then the chances of its Victoria in the Stanley Cup are negligible. So after the winner of the regular season is known, you can bet on the fact that he will not win the Stanley Cup (such long-term bets are offered by some bookmakers).
You can learn more about the specifics of long-term bets on the winner of the championship in hockey and other sports in the special material.
Long-term rates are valid for several seasons; they practically do not lose their relevance over time. Of course, in such an even, balanced and unpredictable league like the NHL, there is practically nothing constant, but some features of the league and individual teams practically do not change over the years. They can be used in bets. Good luck with that!