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NHL Betting Odds: The Stanley Cup playoffs are clearly one of the most exciting times of year, as teams gut it out for two months to try to capture the ultimate prize in hockey. Here at BookMaker Sportsbooks, we have all of the information that you need to know about the NHL playoffs.
The Western Conference and the Eastern Conference both send eight teams into the second season, and those teams fight it out over the course of eight weeks of tremendous action on the NHL betting lines. The teams are seeded from #1 to #8 on each side, and the bracket reseeds after each round. The top rated team left in the bracket will take on the worst rated team left in the bracket every single round.
Each of the series are best-of-seven sets, and the format is 2-2-1-1-1. The better seeded team hosts Games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the lower seeded team hosts Games 3, 4, and 6. Home ice advantage is always pivotal, but statistics will tell you that the value of home ice isn't as valuable as it is in, say the NBA. A lot of that is because of the fact that goals are at a premium, whereas there are over 190 points per game in the NBA. Scoring in the NHL playoffs decrease by around 10-15%, which makes upsets a bit more plausible, knowing that one moment of brilliance can change an entire game.
The Stanley Cup dates back to 1915; and the Montreal Canadiens have clearly won the most championships with 24. Of course, you have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the last time that the Habs lifted Lord Stanley's Cup, and the team only has two championships since winning four in a row from 1976 through 1979.
Another Canadian team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have beaten the NHL gambling lines 13 times in the Stanley Cup Finals, but the history for the boys from Ontario runs quite a ways back. The Leafs haven't won the Cup since 1964, and that was the third of three straight Stanley Cups that they won at that point. Toronto, at this point though, hasn't even been in the playoffs in almost a decade.
The top homegrown teams here in the United States that have won the Stanley Cup the most are the Detroit Red Wings (11) and the Boston Bruins (6). Both of these teams have had success in recent years. Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2008 most recently, and it was on the wrong side of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins lifted Lord Stanley's Cup in 2011, ending a 39-year stretch without a championship.
There are six teams that have never reached the Stanley Cup Finals that are currently active, and there are six others that have never won it all. Six other franchises have just one Stanley Cup in their time in the NHL.
We have seen a relatively solid balance between Eastern Conference and Western Conference teams winning the Stanley Cup. Over the course of the last several years, these two conferences have alternated who has won the Stanley Cup, and over the course of the last 18 completed seasons, both conferences have nine titles to their credit on the NHL wagering lines.
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