Stanley Cup Finals 2021-22
The 2021-22 NHL season came to an exciting conclusion in late June, with the Colorado Avalanche
overcoming the Tampa Bay Lightning
in six games to win their first Stanley Cup triumph in twent years.
The Colorado team played to a 2-1 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in June, blocking Tampa Bay Lightning from lifting the Cup for the third season straight. It initially looked promising for the Lightning, with Steve Stamkos scoring the first goal of the game in the opening period. However, the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon wowed the crowd with his skill and speed in the second period and took his team level with a goal of his own before going on to assist the winning one from Artturi Lehkonen.
As the game began to slip through their fingers, Lightning’s players started to show the strain: there were multiple occasions of players complaining once the whistle was blown, and the third period saw the complete break-down of the defending champions’ offense. This all combined to help secure Avalanche’s victory, and they lifted the Cup to cheers of delight from celebrating fans.
Picture> Sebastian Aho, Getty Images
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 Ball Arena team is the early favorite for the upcoming season, with the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and the Edmonton Oilers being close behind the betting, along with losing finalists the Lightning.
The 2022-23 season, which faces off from October 7th, is sure to be another enthralling edition of the NHL, and the size of the betting market continues to increase. The range of betting options and sportsbooks is constantly expanding, offering sports bettors a near-infinite amount of ways to back their bets.
While outright betting on markets such as selecting the Stanley Cup winner or backing teams to win their respective divisions and conferences is enormous, there are also a host of other markets to consider. These include individual game bets as well as prop bets and many others to whet the appetite.
The NHL draft took place earlier this month and the full results are now available. The draft fundamentally affects each team’s chances of lifting the Cup, and the coming season’s was full of memorable moments. Taking place in person for the first time in three years, the Upper Deck Draft at the Bell Center saw the Montreal Canadiens make eleven picks that included two Slovakia-born players: left winger Juraj Slafkovsky and Filip Mesar to cover the right wing - selections that have caused a stir of excitement among fans.
A further highlight of the first-round session was the selection of center Logan Cooley by the New Jersey Devils: Cooley was one of six players from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under 18 Team. This was the second highest total in the Program’s history.
Seventeen of the players chosen on the draft’s opening night were born outside of North America, beating the previous figure of sixteen in 2000.