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Picking the Right Sportsbook for the 2021 NHL Season

Picking the Right Sportsbook for the 2021 NHL SeasonThe 2019-20 NHL season ended in September, with Tampa Bay defeating Dallas in six games in the Stanley Cup final. The end of the regular season and the playoffs were played in bubble sites.

The NHL is scheduled to begin the 2021 season on Jan. 13 with a pared-down 56-game schedule. Where possible, teams will allow fans in the arenas depending on local regulations.

As with all the other sports, navigating the shifting league, national, provincial, state and local protocols will be challenging. There have been other significant changes made to accommodate COVID-19-induced restrictions. The most notable is the realignment of the teams into four new divisions.

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Canada’s restrictions on travel necessitated that the league’s seven teams in that country will play in the North Division. The other three divisions are named, rather unimaginatively, the East, Central and West. The teams will only play games against other teams in their division to reduce travel and potential virus spread.

NHL Futures

The early favorites to lift the Stanley Cup in 2021 are the Colorado Avalanche with odds of +600. The Avalanche fell in seven games to Dallas in the second round of the playoffs to end their 2019-20 season.

A quick look at 2020-21 Stanley Cup futures shows Colorado is a slight favorite at +150 to win the West Division over the Vegas Golden Knights at +160.

Defending champion Tampa Bay and the Golden Knights are running a close second to the Avalanche at +700. The Lightning are prohibitive favorites to carry the Central Division, sitting with even odds. In second, at +325 odds, are the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Dallas Stars are at +450 at top online sportsbooks to win the Central, third in the division. To accomplish what they fell just short of last year, they have odds of +1750.

In the East, the Boston Bruins lead the way with odds of +200 over the Philadelphia Flyers at +275. The Bruins are at +1150 to win the Stanley Cup.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are betting favorites in the North, with odds of +125. Next, at +250, are the Edmonton Oilers.

At +950, Toronto is in fourth place in the odds to win the Stanley Cup. The Oilers are down the line a bit at +1750.

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Betting on the NHL

There are three excellent choices of betting sites for placing NHL wagers during the season. AmericasBookie.com, HRWager.ag and 1Vice.ag all offer extensive sports betting options.

Whether it’s United States events or international sports activity, all three offer great wagering choices.

NHL futures odds have been posted, and betting is available. The unique aspect of these sites is the wide array of wagers available for each game.

For the NHL, they’ll offer spreads and over/under bets by period, as well as live wagering once the action begins. For hockey fans that want more wagering opportunities, they also offer bets on various amateur and professional tournaments.

To use AmericasBookie, HRWager and 1Vice, it takes minutes to establish an account. Once that’s done, and the account is funded, placing wagers is easy with the intuitive user interfaces.

For those that crave hockey, the season begins soon, so be ready to bet on Jan. 13.

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