Here it is. We’ve made it through three rounds of playoffs. In the beginning, 16 teams were looking to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup above their heads. Now, there are just two teams left.
Who will win the Stanley Cup Finals? How should you place your bets in this last round of hockey? Let’s take a look at the factors to keep in mind and strategies you should employ in Stanley Cup Finals betting.
Stanley Cup Finals Picks
Your picks are simpler. There are only two teams left. However, each night, there is but one chance to win money. Since we can’t bet on multiple games, let’s look at other options for betting.
Stanley Cup Winner Futures Betting
Before the Stanley Cup Finals begin, you should place a bet on who you favor winning it all. This is called futures betting. It is possible to place this bet during the regular season. The earlier you bet, the higher the payout will be if you win.
However, early betting here is more luck than strategy. Expect to lose that bet. Instead, when there are only two teams left, or maybe during the conference finals, you should feel safer making this bet.
Betting the Moneyline, Puck Line, and Over/Under
The betting structure of the Stanley Cup Finals is the same as the regular season. You can bet on the Moneyline, the Puck line, or the Over/Under. Let’s take a closer look at each option.
Moneyline: The moneyline is the bet you’re placing on who will win the game. Odds are presented in positive or negative values denoting your winnings per $100 bet or a necessary wager to win $100, respectively. This may sound a little complicated, so let’s look at some examples.
Say there is a game between the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks. Buffalo is +120, and Chicago is -140. This is what that means: Chicago is favored to win. Placing a $140 bet on Chicago is required to win $100. However, the Sabres are the underdogs at +120. So, if a bet is placed on them of $100 and they win, the line pays $120.
Puck Line: This is a method of spicing up your moneyline bet. This is always represented by +1.5 or -1.5 goals. Other sports refer to this as the point spread.
The bet here is on the difference in the final goals. If the favorite wins by two goals or more or if the underdog loses by one goal or wins outright. The .5 is to ensure there are no ties. Let’s look at another game for more insight.
There is another game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames. On the puck line, the Flames are the favorites at -185, and the Knights are the underdog at +165. So if the Flames win by two goals or more and you wagered $185, you would win $100 profit.
The Golden Knights are at +165. So if they lose by only one goal or win the game at all, and you wagered $100, you would win $165 profit.
Over/Under: The next type of bet to look for is the over/under. Here you are betting on how many goals total will be scored. A number is set by the books, and you bet either scoring over that amount or under that amount.
For example, let’s look at the Knights versus the Flames again. The bet is set at 6.0 goals, with over being -115, and under -105. So if you take the over bet and wager $115, the total goals scored in the game must be over six to win $100 in profit.
If you take the under and wager $105, the total goals scored must be under six to win $100 in profit.
Stanley Cup Finals Strategies Conclusion
Some specific things to keep in mind for the Stanley Cup Finals are as follows.
First, track injuries. If both teams swept all three previous series, that’s still 12 high-stakes games played in rapid succession. Most likely, they have both played somewhere closer to 21 games. Players are fatigued, and the pressure is high. Watch this closely to make accurate judgments moving forward.
Second, try to remain as objective as possible. The emotions for players and fans alike are running high within the Stanley Cup Finals. However, as a seasoned bettor, you should remain somewhat detached and look at the math. Make decisions based on your strategies and your logic, not on your emotions.
Third, remember to trust the strategies that worked for you all season long. Yes, this is the highest stakes you get in the NHL, but it is still just hockey.
Making it through a season of betting successfully has prepared you to know what stats to watch, how to analyze your picks, and how to make money. If they worked for you in the regular season, they will continue to work for you in the Stanley Cup Finals.
As always, good luck out there!