Introduction to the NHL Standings
The NHL season is in full swing and with the playoffs currently beginning to ramp up there are several NHL games to bet on. The Standings for the NHL are huge as only 16 teams make the playoffs from the regular season. Eight teams from the Western Conference make the playoffs and eight teams from the Eastern Conference also make the playoffs. Each conference is then broken into two separate divisions. In the Western Conference there is the Pacific Division and the Central Division. The Eastern Conference is then split up into the Pacific Division and the Metropolitan Division. The top three teams from each division will make the playoffs, the two wild card spots for each conference are then decided by the best overall record for the teams that did not finish top three in their division for the whole conference.
Every point in the NHL season matters and here is how the point system in the NHL works. 2 points for a regulation or overtime win, 1 point for a shootout or overtime loss, and 0 points for the regulation loss. The team with the most points in their division at the end of the season is the winner of their division.
Importance of Standings for Bettors
The Standings are absolutely crucial for betting on the NHL. When betting on the NHL it is extremely important to know where each team sits in the standings. When betting on the NHL you are not going to bet on the last place to beat the first place team in that division (most of the time at least.) The standings are used as a guide on what team we will bet on to win or to even cover the puckline/spread.
How the NHL Season Works
The NHL season is split into two separate parts, the regular season and the playoffs. The regular season consists of a standard 82 games played per team. The regular season in the NHL ranges from late October to the end of April. Then the playoffs begin. The Playoffs begin in early May and last all the way to the end of June. The Stanley Cup Playoffs consists of four best of 7 rounds. Win your series and advance. In order to win the cup you must be the winner of your conference and then you play for the cup final. The Winner of the Stanley Cup must win 16 games in total in order to win the cup. The Stanley Cup is one of the hardest trophies to win in sports.
NHL Standings Frequently Asked Questions
The Presidents Trophy in the NHL is awarded to the team with the best record throughout the whole league in the regular season.
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