The National Hockey League stands tall as being the best hockey league anywhere in the world. With 32 teams, spread across the USA & Canada, this league attracts the best, and provides almost daily entertainment throughout the season for fans. For this reason, NHL betting is very popular, and here we are going to guide you through betting on the league.
History of the National Hockey League
The league was founded in 1917, when the National Hockey Association came to an end. Games were played, though the real start of the league is seen by many as 1942, when the original six played each other. Since that time, we have seen many new NHL teams join the league, taking us to 32 currently, with the arrival of the Seattle Kraken in 2021.
During the regular season, each team plays a total of 82 games, weighted so that they play more games against their own division and conference, and fewer against teams in the opposite conference.
The top eight from each conference qualify for the NHL playoffs, with the winner taking home the Stanley Cup. The conferences stay apart to determine who wins each conference, and then those two teams play in one final game to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. All playoff games are played as a best-of-seven series.
NHL Live Stream
Live streaming is available in Finland for those who want to keep up with the action. V Sport and Viaplay currently hold the rights to showing hockey from the top league, so that is where Finnish fans will have to go for their live streams. On top of this, selected games are broadcast live on public TV, with YLE holding those rights.
Top Finnish Players in the National Hockey League
Finland has a rich hockey history, and part of that is due to the number of players that head across to the USA and Canada to play in the biggest league in the world. Many Finnish stars are on show in the league, and below are a few names to look out for.
- Mikko Rantanen
- Aleksander Barkov
- Sebastian Aho
- Patrik Laine
- Teuvo Teräväinen
- Mikael Granlund
A total of 32 teams take part in the league, with the Seattle Kraken being the latest addition in 2021. Below you will find the teams currently taking part.
Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Western Conference – Central Division
St. Louis Blues
Western Conference – Pacific Division
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Vegas Golden Knights
The battle for the Stanley Cup is well underway, and we have five teams leading the way in the latest betting. The Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights are the front runners for success so far.
The National Hockey League is the biggest betting league in the world, with a great range of betting markets for players to use. When placing a wager, always look to see what markets are available, and which one matches the type of bet you want.
Betting on outright markets, such as the Stanley Cup winner, conference winners and division winners is all available throughout the season.