How the 2021 NHL Season Will Look

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Andy Coffaro Jul 29, 2021, 8:05 AM

In easily the strangest season in NHL history, the Tampa Bay Lightning held up the Stanley Cup after knocking off the Dallas Stars in six games on September 29, 2020. Amazingly, the season began almost one year to the day on October 2, 2019, and despite a lengthy shutdown due to the pandemic, the league pulled off playing in a bubble flawlessly.

Believe it or not, players are ready to hit the ice in just a few weeks. Here are five things you need to know about the 2021 NHL season to help inform your television watching and online betting all year long.

NHL Key Dates in 2021

The NHL and NHLPA recently agreed on what the 2021 season will look like, which includes a start date of January 13 and the hopes of completing a 56-game schedule. Other key dates include:

  • April 12 – Trade deadline
  • May 8 – End of the regular season
  • July 15 – Potential last game of playoffs
  • July 21 – Expansion draft
  • July 23-24 – NHL Draft
  • July 28 – Start of free agency

Conference & Division Realignment

NHL conferences and divisions are drastically different this season to limit travel around the country and across the Canadian-United States border.

NorthEast
Calgary FlamesBoston Bruins
Edmonton OilersBuffalo Sabres
Montreal CanadiensNew Jersey Devils
Ottawa SenatorsNew York Islanders
New York IslandersNew York Range
Vancouver CanucksPhiladelphia Flyers
Winnipeg JetsPittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
CentralWest
Carolina HurricanesAnaheim Ducks
Chicago BlackhawksArizona Coyotes
Columbus Blue JacketsColorado Avalanche
Dallas StarsLos Angeles Kings
Detroit Red WingsMinnesota Wild
Florida PanthersSan Jose Sharks
Nashville PredatorsSt. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay LightningVegas Golden Knights

Opening Night Games

The new season gets rocking with five matchups, including a hat trick of telecasts by NBC Sports.

TeamsTimeNetwork
Penguins v Flhyers2:30 PM PTNBCS
Blackhawks v Avalanche7:30 PM PTNBCS
Canadiens v Maple LeafsTBDTBD
Cancucks v OilersTBDTBD

What are the odds?

Let’s get to the fun stuff: NHL online betting. Here are the latest lines from Stanley Cup Champion odds to the MVP award as we prepare for the new season.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Champion

TeamOdds
Avalanche+700
Golden Knights+800
Lightning+900
Bruins+1400
Flyers+1400
Maple Leafs+1400
Blues+1400
Capitals+2000
Hurricanes+2200
Stars+2200
Oilers+2200
Penguins+2200
Islanders+2500
Canucks+2500
Predators+2800
Rangers+3000
Canadiens+3300
Flames+3500
Blue Jackets+3500
Sabres+4000
Blackhawks+4000
Panthers+4000
Jets+4000
Coyotes+5000
Kings+5000
Wild+5000
Sharks+5000
Senators+6600
Ducks+10000
Red Wings+10000

Hart Memorial Trophy Winner (MVP) 

PlayerOdds
Nathan MacKinnon+500
Connor McDavid+600
Artemi Panarin+850
Auston Matthews+1100
Leon Draisaitl+1600
Jack Eichel+1600
Brayden Point+1600

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