A long season without a break: the Regular Season in the National Hockey League (NHL) with an enormous amount of 82 games per team comes to an end this weekend – the remaining spots for the playoffs will finally be filled. On the upcoming Sunday, the situation will be clear when the teams for the Stanley Cup Playoffs are qualified.
The top three teams in each of the four divisions will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by teams with wild cards, two for each Conference for the playoffs.
Some teams have already been qualified: Over in the Atlantic Division the Boston Bruins are far ahead and on their march to the Division title. The St. Louis Blues are ranked first in the Central Division. Over in the Metropolitan Division the Pittsburgh Penguins have the best opportunities to advance to the playoffs, and in the Pacific Division the Anaheim Ducks and the San José Sharks are on top.
It is true that last year’s Stanley Cup winner Chicago Blackhawks have not played a dominant role in the Regular Season and they also lost their last two games, but they might have collected enough points to ensure to get qualified for the playoffs, and they also have good chances to pick up more points in their next games against the Washington Capitals and the Nashville Predators.
The Boston Bruins are highly favored to win the Stanley Cup this season as they are far ahead of the other teams in the Atlantic Division (long-term average odd of 6.00). According to the bookmakers, the St. Louis Blues (7.50) are hot on their heels as they are the leading team in the Central Division, and also the Pittsburgh Penguins (8.00) have good chances to win the Stanley Cup.
In the Metropolitan Division the competition is very tough. In this division the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets fight a hard battle for the third position, which is the playoff spot. On the other hand, the New York Rangers have not yet booked their tickets for the playoffs. Philadelphia, however, will face no other than division leaders Pittsburgh Penguins in the top match on Sunday and can still get in trouble if they lose this game. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are in good shape (Odd of 11.00 to win the 2014 Stanley Cup) and will play against their Californian rivals Los Angeles Kings in another interesting and exciting game.
We have collected below the current betting odds of all games in the NHL just for you.