The 2020/21 National Hockey League season started on the 13th of January 2021 having been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now we are excited to bring you our NHL betting tips 2020/21. This will be the 104th season of the NHL and the regular season has been reduced to 56 games. Due to cross-border travel restrictions, all seven Canadian teams have been placed into one division and that makes betting predictions for NHL 2021 a little different to previous years. The odds for the NHL 2021 winner are about 3.00 and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the main favourites.
1. NHL 2020/21 Preview
Before we get into who will be the NHL champions 2020/21, we must take a look at the 2020/21 NHL preview and the format of the competition. The teams have been split into four divisions and as highlighted above, the seven Canadian teams are in the same division this season, called the North Division. We then have eight teams in the remaining three divisions called the West Division, East Division, and Central Division. The NHL 2020/21 winner can come from any of the four divisions, with the top four teams in each division qualifying for the 2021 playoffs.
To begin the playoffs, the first-place team in each division will play the fourth-place team, and the second-place team will play the third-place team. The winners of those games will play each other in the second round and the four winners will progress to the third round, which is the semi-finals. All rounds will be best of 7 and armed with that information we begin looking at who will be the 2021 NHL winner.
Below you will find our NHL tips and predictions plus details of where to watch NHL games 2020/21 and NHL betting odds.Who will win the Stanley Cup 2021? We'll try to give you some tips for that.
2. Favourites to Win NHL 2021
We begin this NHL 2020/21 preview by taking a look at the contenders for NHL 2021 season. It is impossible to begin the NHL hockey betting tips without mentioning the Vegas Golden Knights, who lead the NHL 2020/21 odds odds with Bet365. Many people felt the Golden Knights were the best team in the West Division last season and were somewhat unlucky to meet an inspired goaltender in the Western Conference Final last year. It would be a huge shock were they not to reach the playoffs and in doing so go all the way through to the Stanley Cup final.
When considering who will be the NHL champions 2020/21 and the 2021 Stanley Cup winner, the defending champions cannot be ignored and Tampa Bay Lightning are aiming to become only the third team since Detroit Red Wings in 1998 and Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup back-to-back. Many of the best NHL tipsters are still backing Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Central Division despite the absence of Nikita Kucherov, who is out for the season following hip surgery. They did not lose many players in the offseason and that makes Tampa Bay Lightning one of the top NHL 2020/21 betting picks at with Unibet.
With William Hill also available to win the 2020/21 NHL Championship are Colorado Avalanche. They will have their work cut out in terms of finishing top of the West Division and the Golden Knights must be considered the best team overall between the two. So, despite being one of the NHL 2021 favourites, it would take a brave person to back them as they will most likely meet the Golden Knights in the playoffs.
We continue our 2021 NHL season preview below as we look at some of the outsiders for 2020/21 NHL season.
3. NHL 2021 Outsiders
Next in our NHL 2020/21 betting picks we come to some of the teams further out in the betting but with a decent chance of success this season. That leads us to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are on an interesting offer with Unibet. They will of course meet fellow Canadian teams in the playoffs and that should see them progress to the semi-finals. However, it is difficult to make a case for the Maple Leafs to progress beyond this stage of the competition.
Perhaps a better pick would be the Philadelphia Flyers and they are worth a closer look in our Ice hockey free predictions. You must go back to 1975 to find the last time the Flyers lifted the Stanley Cup but they are considered the most complete team in the East Division by many pundits. Despite the absence Matt Niskanen in defense, the Flyers remain strong thanks to a group of talented young players and their goaltending is excellent. The NHL betting odds with William Hill have the Philadelphia Flyers available to win the NHL.
Continuing the NHL tips and predictions and we come to a significant outsider in Dallas Stars. They have seen their start to the 2021 NHL season delayed due to positive COVID-19 tests but reached the Stanley Cup final last year. The Stars will be missing Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop and Stephen Johns with long term injuries but if any team can cope with these difficulties, it is Dallas. The odds for Dallas Stars to be the 2021 NHL champion is tempting.
4. NHL 2020/21 Live Streaming
The official NHL live transmission of games will depend on your location. For example, there are regional broadcasters in the United States plus NBC, ESPN, DAZN, Arena Sport, Premier Sports, Movistar Deportes, and Sky Sport around the world.
However, an NHL 2021 live stream will be available on some of the world’s leading online bookmakers, including Bet365, William Hill, 1XBET, and Unibet. In addition to enjoying the live streaming you will be able to use our exclusive bonus codes and NHL betting tips 2020/21.