NHL 2021-22 predictions: season and Stanley Cup preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning secured their second consecutive Stanley Cup title after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by four games to one. The 2021-22 NHL is contested among 32 teams after the addition of the Seattle Kraken. The teams are divided into Eastern and Western Conferences, with each conference divided into two divisions. This regular season will return to an 82-game scheme after the last two seasons were reduced due to COVID.
Each franchise has a set schedule during the regular season: 82 games, 41 at home and 41 away. Out of these games, 26 are played in the same division (four against five of their seven divisional opponents, plus three against two others); 24 — against the eight remaining non-divisional intra-conference opponents (three against each team in its conference's other division); 32 — against each team in the other conference twice (home and away).
Any win is worth two points, an overtime or shootout loss is worth one point, and a regulation time loss is worth zero. The team with the most points in each division is proclaimed division champion, while the league's overall leader is awarded the Presidents' Trophy.
The NHL regular season is followed by the Stanley Cup. Eight teams from the Western and Eastern Conference qualify for the playoffs. The top three teams in each division, as well as the two conference teams with the next best amount of points, qualify from each conference.
In the Stanley Cup, each team faces its opponent in a seven-game series. The first team to win four games in the series advances to the next round. The winner of the Eastern Conference Final and that of the Western Conference Final meet in the Stanley Cup finals.
On Takebet Zimbabwe, we offer the best daily NHL expert picks for the regular season and NHL playoffs predictions for the Stanley Cup. Our ice hockey prediction site also offers free NHL betting tips for future outrights such as the winner of the Stanley Cup, the winner of Presidents Trophy, the winner of each division and the conferences, the MVP and others.
Below is a full list of teams participating in the 2021-22 NHL, by conference and division.
NHL Eastern Conference teams in the Atlantic Division:
- Boston Bruins
- Buffalo Sabres
- Detroit Red Wings
- Florida Panthers
- Montreal Canadiens
- Ottawa Senators
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan Division:
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Washington Capitals
NHL Western Conference teams in the Pacific Division:
- Anaheim Ducks
- Calgary Flames
- Edmonton Oilers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Seattle Kraken
- Vancouver Canucks
- Vegas Golden Knights
NHL Western Conference teams in the Central Division:
- Arizona Coyotes
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Dallas Stars
- Minnesota Wild
- Nashville Predators
- St. Louis Blues
- Winnipeg Jets
The Colorado Avalanche won their third Presidents’ Trophy after finishing with the most points in all divisions (82). Due to the COVID changes, four divisions were formed instead of the conference system for the 2020-21 season, with the Avalanche being in the West Division. Colorado finished top of the division to secure their tenth division championship. The Avs won 42 out of 56 games with a point percentage of .732.
The Colorado Avalanche finished with the same point count as Vegas, but with more regulation wins (35). They had 39 regulation plus overtime wins while scoring 197 goals and conceding 133 goals, with a difference of +64. They won the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Blues in Game 4, but lost to Vegas in Game 6 of the second round.
The Colorado Avalanche signed Darren Helm, Ryan Murray and Jordan Gross on one-year contracts. Darcy Kuemper was traded to the Avalanche in exchange for a first-round pick in 2022. Gabriel Landeskog, the Colorado Avalanche captain, signed a new eight-year contract worth about $56 million. Cale Maker signed a new six-year contract as well.
Nathan MacKinnon has 211 goals and 359 assists in 581 appearances for Colorado. The Canadian international is rated the second-best NHL player after finishing with 20 goals and 45 assists during the 2020-21 campaign. With plus-22 in 48 games last season, MacKinnon finished third in power-play points (25) and shots on goal (206). Nathan had eight power-play goals and 37 penalty infraction minutes. MacKinnon averaged 1.35 points per game during the regular season and 1.38 points per game in the playoffs. Nathan was a finalist for the Hart Trophy during the 2020-21 season and will be looking to win this season.
Other key players of the Colorado Avalanche apart from Nathan MacKinnon:
- Gabriel Landeskog
- J. T. Compher
- Nazem Kadri
- Bowen Byram
- Cale Makar
- Mikko Rantanen
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the second time in a row after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the 2021 final. The Bolts finished with the third seed in the Central Division (75 points). Tampa won 36 games, scoring 181 goals and conceding 147 goals — a difference of +34. They had 29 regulation and 35 regulation plus overtime wins.
The Bolts had a .670 point win percentage as they qualified for the playoffs. They defeated the Florida Panthers in six games in the first round of the playoffs. The Lightning went on to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in five games to qualify for the semifinals. The Lightning won by four games to three games, as they qualified for consecutive finals. A win in five games against the Montreal Canadiens ensured they got their third Stanley Cup title.
Tampa signed Zach Bogosian on a three-year deal worth $2.55 million. Brian Elliott joined the franchise on a one-year deal. The Lightning signed Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a two-year deal with Corey Perry also joining the team. Brayden Point signed an eight-year contract extension worth about $76 million. Gemel Smith signed a new two-year deal.
Nikita Kucherov has scored 222 goals and 329 assists in 518 games for the Lightning during the regular season. The Russian international missed the whole 2020-21 regular season due to injury. Kucherov played the playoffs and was exceptional as he led the team to consecutive titles. Nikita was ranked the fourth-best player in the league as he led the scoring board with 32 points in the playoffs. The Lightning player had eight goals and 24 assists while having 14 penalty infraction minutes. Kucherov won the Hart Trophy during the 2018-19 season after finishing with 128 points. He will be looking to lead the Bolts again.
Other key players of the Tampa Bay Lightning apart from Nikita Kucherov:
- Steven Stamkos
- Alex Killorn
- Victor Hedman
- Brayden Point
- Anthony Cirelli
- Ondrej Palat
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights finished in the second seed in the West Division during the 2020-21 season. The Golden Knights had the same 82 points as the champions, the Colorado Avalanche, but lost the regular season title as they had fewer regulation wins (30). Vegas won the most games in their division (40) and had a point percentage of .732.
The Golden Knights scored 191 goals while conceding the fewest goals in the West Division (124), a goal difference of +67. Vegas qualified for the playoffs in the second seed as they got a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in the first round. They defeated West Division champions, the Colorado Avalanche, in the second round of the playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens knocked Vegas out of the playoffs in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Laurent Brossoit signed for the Golden Knights on a two-year deal. Ben Hutton and Michael Amadio both joined the franchise on a one-year deal. Zach Whitecloud signed a new six-year contract extension worth $16.5 million.
Mark Stone was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019 and has been a key player for the team. The Canadian international scored 21 goals and provided 40 assists during the 2020-21 regular season. With plus-26, Stones had 28 penalty infraction minutes. Stones had 17 player power points and finished third in the voting for Selke Trophy.
Other key players of the Vegas Golden Knights apart from Mark Stone:
- Chandler Stephenson
- Jonathan Marchessault
- Nicolas Roy
- Reilly Smith
- Shea Theodore
- Nicolas Hague
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs won their first division championship since 2000 as they secured the North Division title during the 2020-21 campaign. The Buds qualified for the playoffs with 77 points. The Maple Leafs won 35 out of 56 games with a point percentage of .688.
The Buds had 34 regulation plus overtime wins and 29 regulation wins. They scored 187 goals while conceding 148 goals with a goal difference of +39. Toronto were the first seed, but they were knocked out in Game 7 of the first round, after being 3-1 up after Game 4.
Michael Bunting joined the Buds on a two-year deal, with David Kampf also signing for the team. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie on one-year deals. Travis Dermott signed a new two-year deal worth $3 million. Morgan Rielly signed an eight-year contract extension of about $60 million.
Auston Matthews is rated as the sixth-best player in the NHL after an impressive season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews became the first player of the Maple Leafs to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy after scoring the most goals during the regular season (41). The American international scored 66 points in 52 games which included 25 assists. Matthews had 10 penalty infraction minutes, 10 power-play goals and 13 power-play points during the regular season. He was also a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award.
Other key players of the Toronto Maple Leafs apart from Auston Matthews:
- William Nylander
- John Tavares
- Mitch Marner
- Michael Bunting
- Morgan Rielly
- Jason Spezza
The Boston Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy and the Atlantic Division title in 2019-20, but finished third in the East Division during the 2020-21 season with 73 points. The Bears won 32 out of 56 games with a point percentage of .652.
The Bruins scored 168 goals while conceding 136 goals with a difference of +32. They had 29 regulations plus overtime wins and 25 regulation wins. The Boston Bruins won the first round of the playoffs in Game 5 with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Bears were knocked out in the second round by the New York Islanders in Game 6.
The Bears signed Derek Forbort on a three-year deal. Linus Ullmark joined the team on a four-year deal with Tomas Nosek also joining the franchise on a two-year deal. Nick Foligno and Erik Haula also signed for the team. Brandon Carlo signed a new six-year contract worth $24.6 million with the Bruins. Charlie McAvoy signed an eight-year deal of about $76 million. Taylor Hall agreed to a four-year deal of about $24 million.
Brad Marchand has 323 goals and 406 assists, a total of 729 points in 813 appearances for the Boston Bruins during the regular season. The Canadian international is ranked as the 10th best player in the NHL. Brad finished with 29 goals and 40 assists during the 2020-21 regular season. With 69 points and a plus-26 rating, Brad finished first in shorthanded points with seven. Marchand had 46 penalty infraction minutes and 18 power-play points.
Other key players of the Boston Bruins apart from Brad Marchand:
- Patrice Bergeron
- Taylor Hall
- David Pastrnak
- Charlie Coyle
- Charlie McAvoy
- Mike Reilly
Betting odds of 2021-22 NHL
On the Takebet Zimbabwe ice hockey prediction site, NHL tips for betting start with a thorough analysis of the upcoming season. This is when we take a pick at NHL odds predictions on the betting sites to provide you with season-long tips on NHL. These NHL odds tips are given by online bookmakers on the team to win the Stanley Cup, the Presidents’ Trophy, the teams to top conferences and divisions, to qualify for the playoffs, as well as the NHL MVP winner.
There are four teams with high chances to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, as NHL betting predictions for teams by bookie experts imply. The Colorado Avalanche are the main favourites, with the Panthers considered the second-strongest team in the NHL expert picks.
The 2022 Stanley Cup winner betting odds:
- Colorado Avalanche — 3.55 (+255 American; 13/2 Fractional)
- Florida Panthers — 5.20 (+420; 17/2)
- Vegas Golden Knights — 10.00 (+900; 17/2)
- Tampa Bay Lightning — 13.00 (+80; 17/2)
- Carolina Hurricanes — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Edmonton Oilers — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
- Toronto Maple Leafs — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
The team with the most points during the National Hockey League regular season is awarded the Presidents’ Trophy. Inhere, NHL standings predictions are slightly different.
The 2022 Presidents’ Trophy winner betting odds:
- Florida Panthers — 3.50 (+250 American; 5/2 Fractional)
- Edmonton Oilers — 7.00 (+600; 6/1)
- Colorado Avalanche — 7.50 (+650; 13/2)
- Carolina Hurricanes — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Toronto Maple Leafs — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
- Tampa Bay Lightning — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
Among NHL season predictions, pick for the Hart Memorial Trophy is one of the most anticipated betting tips. NHL award is given to the most valuable player. Wayne Gretzky has won the Hart Memorial Trophy for a record nine times as he won eight while playing for the Edmonton Oilers and the remaining one while playing for the Los Angeles Kings. Gordie Howe won the award six times while playing for the Detroit Red Wings. Connor McDavid won his second Hart Memorial last season: he is the favourite for the 2021-22 season.
The 2022 Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP) winner betting odds:
- Connor McDavid — 2.50 (+150 American; 6/4 Fractional)
- Nathan MacKinnon — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Leon Draisaitl — 11.00 (+000; 10/1)
- Artemi Panarin — 18.00 (+1700; 17/1)
- Auston Matthews — 18.00 (+1700; 17/1)
Coverage of NHL betting tips
For our best free picks, NHL experts choose decisive matches in all divisions of Western and Eastern conferences. Alongside influential fixtures, NHL game predictions include clashes of the top hockey franchises and matches with valuable bets. Regular season is followed by our NHL Stanley Cup predictions — playoffs are always covered heavily by tips.
NHL betting picks on Takebet Zimbabwe include both single and accumulator wagers: analysts derive them from an in-depth analysis of numerous bet markets, both big and small. NHL betting predictions from our experts come in the form of game picks and NHL season-long bets.
Betting markets and odds of NHL tips and predictions
We go through all betting markets offered by bookmakers before we set for any NHL bet predictions. That includes tens of options, which may incorporate value.
Some of the betting markets we use for our free picks on NHL:
- 1x2 for regular time and money line
- NHL over under picks
- NHL score predictions
- Expert picks against the spread
NHL odds picks for singles are usually from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1). Accumulator NHL tips typically have betting odds of around 10.00 (+900; 9/1).
NHL score predictions
In our betting tips, NHL experts often make picks with the correct scores. NHL scoring predictions for the most part include the final score of the regulation time, the score of the particular period, the score of the regulation time plus overtime, the score difference, the highest scoring period and such. NHL point predictions are also included in our tips.
NHL over under picks
As in other hockey tournaments, over under NHL picks are the betting market most popular among punters, alongside money line bets. And they are in abundance on Takebet Zimbabwe.
Our NHL over/under predictions include bets on the match goals total and the number of goals in the exact period, and bets on the individual total of a particular team. We reach as far as NHL hockey predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs with the series over under total.
NHL playoff predictions 2022 and regular season match tips
NHL game picks on Takebet Zimbabwe start even before the actual season, with the NHL preseason predictions. We usually take a pick at preseason games of the main title challengers.
When the regular season starts, we launch our NHL hockey tips with an in-depth decomposition and previewing of the upcoming championship matches featuring top franchises, games with a decisive impact and matches with actionable value bets.
In our match articles, we give picks of NHL betting odds, the form of teams and players, recent matches of both sides, projected lineups and key players, head-to-head records. In our bet tips, NHL trends convert into valuable pieces of advice on wagers worth taking.
NHL playoffs predictions come after daily regular season games are over. We start with NHL first round predictions, second round picks, coming all the way to our NHL finals predictions.
Futures predictions for NHL team standings and playoff
Every season of the National Hockey League starts with NHL standings predictions on Takebet Zimbabwe. Experts analyse the trends of the previous season and results of the preseason matches to offer comprehensive season predictions on the NHL. Among them, the team to win each division, each conference and the Presidents’ Trophy, as well as the MVP. Other futures picks for the NHL season may include the best defenceman, top goalscorer, top point scorer, the best rookie, the best goaltender and other betting markets offered by bookies.
Afterwards, NHL playoffs predictions come into play: prior to each stage of the Stanley Cup, NHL series predictions are offered by our experts with picks of the winning team.
Schedule of top 2021-22 NHL game predictions
Takebet Zimbabwe offers NHL free picks and predictions for top games as well as for the decisive fixtures and smaller matches with a valuable tip on them. Below is the calendar of the top 2021-22 NHL matches between the favourites: the Colorado Avalanche, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche (23 October 2021)
- Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights (26 October 2021)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vegas Golden Knights (2 November 2021)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning (4 November 2021)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins (6 November 2021)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche (1 December 2021)
- Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning (4 December 2021)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning (9 December 2021)
- Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights (14 December 2021)
- Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning (18 December 2021)
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Tampa Bay Lightning (21 December 2021)
- Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche (23 December 2021)
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche (27 December 2021)
- Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs (8 January 2022)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins (8 January 2022)
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Toronto Maple Leafs (11 January 2022)
- Colorado Avalanche vs Boston Bruins (26 January 2022)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights (29 January 2022)
- NHL All-Star game (5 February 2022)
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Colorado Avalanche (26 February 2022)
- Vegas Golden Knights vs Boston Bruins (3 March 2022)
- Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning (24 March 2022)
- Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs (29 March 2022)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs (4 April 2022)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins (8 April 2022)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs (21 April 2022)
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins (29 April 2022)
- Stanley Cup Playoffs (2 May 2022 - TBA)
- Stanley Cup Final (30 June 2022)
How experts analyse NHL matches for sure tips
When it comes to getting sure bet tips on NHL for you, there are few pillars our analysis rests on. First come ice hockey statistics and betting odds. We go far and beyond to research stats and compare the probability of events as we see it with the implied probability in the sportsbook odds, in order to spot real value. We rely upon statistical trends as well.
Some of the stats our experts explore for our NHL betting tips:
- Results in regulation time and overtime
- Shootout records
- Streaks of form
- Goals scored and conceded
- Shots for and against
- Power play and shorthanded percentages
- Save percentage
- Penalty stats
- Expected goals (xG)
Lots of other data helps us determine effective bets: the latest news from the squads and on their key players, knowledge of where money goes in betting, watching actual games, etc.
Free NHL picks and predictions: how to get access
For all our users, NHL bet predictions are available for free on Takebet Zimbabwe. Punters should visit the site around 24 hours before the game to use our betting tips on NHL.
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What types of NHL expert picks do you publish?
Takebet Zimbabwe publishes free NHL professional picks on top games of both Western and Eastern Conferences during the regular season. These betting tips are on top teams such as the Colorado Avalanche, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins as well as decisive games between other teams.
Alongside free NHL bet predictions for the regular season, we offer NHL playoff predictions for 2022 with all games scratching from round one to the Stanley Cup Finals.
NHL expert predictions for teams and players include single and parlay bets on games alongside futures predictions such as the winner of the Stanley Cup, the Presidents’ Trophy, the teams to win the conferences and the divisions, and to qualify for the playoffs.
Among numerous different betting markets in our betting tips you will stumble upon NHL picks against the spread, expert predictions on over and under goals, money line (1x2), etc. Proposition predictions for a team or a player of the NHL can also be found in our articles.
Are your NHL betting tips free?
There are only free NHL hockey predictions on Takebet Zimbabwe. Each tip is delivered in a separate article with a detailed preview of the upcoming fixture, ins and outs about the teams and players, odds and betting trends analysis, which lead our analysts to a bet recommendation.
Do you offer 2022 NHL Stanley Cup predictions?
Takebet Zimbabwe offers expert picks for the NHL playoffs, from the first round up to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Predictions are posted around 24 hours before any game in a separate article.
Do you post NHL over under predictions?
Indeed, Takebet Zimbabwe analyses NHL over under betting lines for picks, both during the regular season and the Stanley Cup. Alongside 1x2 (money line) predictions and NHL picks vs spread, betting tips on goal totals are the most frequent kind of hockey picks we give.
Do you offer NHL scoring predictions?
Yes, we do. Our journalists frequently include NHL score predictions in our expert articles. Among them are the correct score of the game or a period, the score of an overtime, etc.
When do you post your NHL betting picks?
On Takebet Zimbabwe, NHL tips appear around 24 hours prior to any NHL game. Futures betting picks for the National Hockey League are posted weeks before the start of the competition.
Do you have NHL picks for today and tomorrow?
Yes, we do. Punters will find today's NHL betting tips and tomorrow's NHL betting tips separated on the respective filter pages. NHL weekend betting tips are filtered as well.
What are the betting odds of NHL tips?
We offer both single and accumulator bets with the former being more prevalent due to their lower margin levels. Odds of singles range from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1), while parlay bets’ odds amount to 10.00 (+900; 9/1) and rarely can be higher.
How to bet on NHL tips?
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More betting predictions for ice hockey tournaments
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Some other ice hockey tournaments with predictions on Takebet Zimbabwe:
- Winter Olympic ice hockey tournament
- IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup
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