The Windsor Hotel in Montreal, Canada is considered the birthplace of the NHL, being the venue for the meeting that formalised the first running of the league in 1917. Over 100 years later, the Windsor Hotel is no more, but the organisation continues to go from strength to strength, and a modern and vibrant venue for NHL betting has been established at Betway. With the best available NHL odds and NHL betting lines available 24/7, why not make Betway your home of Ice Hockey betting?
At its inception the league comprised just four teams – all of them from Canada. It is for this reason that the word ‘National’ was employed in the league’s name, and it endures to this day despite now featuring teams from two nations – Canada and the USA.
In today’s game, 31 teams compete in the NHL, divided into two conferences, with 16 competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 in the Western Conference. Each conference is further split into two divisions, with the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions forming the Eastern Conference; and the Central and Pacific Divisions forming the Western. The incorporation of a 32nd team has been approved to take place in 2021, with an as-yet un-named franchise from Seattle, USA set to join the Pacific Division. But no matter where the puck is dropping, across the divisions, around the US and Canada, from Florida to Edmonton and San Jose to Boston, Betway is on hand to offer you the very best in NHL betting.
An NHL season is divided into three sections: preseason, consisting of exhibition games; regular season, in which teams play each other in a pre-set schedule; and postseason (also known as the playoffs), in which the best-performing teams from each division compete in knockout competition to decide the winners of the coveted Stanley Cup. And whatever the stage you enter the action, whatever the fixture, you can rest assured that Betway is constantly monitoring the markets to bring you NHL betting odds that are second-to-none.
With 24 Stanley Cup Championships, the Montreal Canadiens are the most decorated team in the NHL. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale stand the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who – as the newest franchise in the league – have the fewest wins and fewest points in the history of the competition.
The legendary Henri Richard contributed to 11 of those triumphant Montreal seasons to become the most decorated player to date, but the undisputed all-time star player of the NHL is ‘The Great One’ himself, Wayne Gretzky. Despite winning just four Stanley Cups and retiring in 1999, the Canadian holds 60 of the individual records listed in the League’s Official Guide and Record Book to this day, including the most career goals (894) and most goals in a season (92, in 1981-82). As a personality on and off the ice, Gretzky’s selfless style and unrivalled athleticism did much to advance interest in the NHL and the sport of Ice Hockey as a whole. And when your interest in Ice Hockey betting has peaked, and you want to bet on the NHL, you might soon be referring to Betway as ‘The Great One’, thanks to our array of NHL betting lines at your disposal.
Recognised globally, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the former Governor General of Canada, who donated an ornamental silver bowl as an award to Canada’s top ranking Ice Hockey team. First awarded in 1893, the trophy pre-dates the NHL itself by over 20 years. The modern Stanley Cup, comprising a copy of the original bowl atop a five-banded plinth bearing the engraved names of the 65 most-recent winners has been the league’s prize since 1958. The trophy is the subject of numerous myths and legends, with a popular superstition holding that it is bad luck for any player to touch the cup until his team has rightfully won it. And whether your own instinct leads you to study the stats or to put your trust in superstition, Betway has the NHL betting lines that you need, when you need them.
The current holders of the Stanley Cup are the St. Louis Blues, who claimed it for the first time in their history in the culmination of the action-packed 2018-2019 NHL Season. The Blues’ triumph came thanks to a remarkable postseason by a team which had finished the regular season just 3rd in the Western Conference’s Central Division. After defeating the Winnipeg Jets and the Dallas Stars in the Playoff’s first and second rounds respectively, a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks set up a meeting with the Boston Bruins in the Finals from which the Blues emerged as Champions by the closest of margins; in a 4-3 series win secured after overcoming a two-goal deficit in a thrilling, winner-takes-all Game Seven.
But what lies ahead in the 2019-20 season? Can the Blues retain their title? Will the Bruins make amends for missing out in such heart-breaking fashion? Or will an entirely new contender emerge? While the future is yet unwritten, one thing you can be sure of is that Betway will be with you every step of the way, matching your passion for Ice Hockey betting with unrivalled NHL odds, a super-slick user interface and numerous market-leading offers to deliver the NHL betting package that the famous old league deserves.