The NHL season will be back to its normal 82-game schedule in 2021-22 following last season’s Covid-19-shortened campaign. The puck drops on Tuesday, October 12th with the 1,312-game regular season coming to a close on Friday, April 29th and the Stanley Cup playoffs beginning several days later.

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The league will be introducing its 32nd franchise this season as the Seattle Kraken will be competing in the Pacific Division. The arrival of the expansion franchise means the Arizona Coyotes have left the Pacific Division for the Central Division.

In addition, the New York Islanders will be leaving their former home rink at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for their new digs at the UBS Arena, with the first game at the new rink being scheduled for November 20th.

This will be the 104th NHL season of play and as usual, 16 of the league’s teams will make the postseason with eight clubs each from the Eastern and Western Conference playing for the Stanley Cup. The team with the most points after the regular season will be awarded the President’s Trophy. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter it as the defending Stanley Cup champions after hoisting the trophy the past two seasons while the Colorado Avalanche took the President’s Trophy last year. 

The league’s annual outdoor Winter Classic Game will feature the Minnesota Wild taking on the St. Louis Blues in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 1st, 2022. Las Vegas, Nevada will host the annual All-Star Weekend on February 4th and 5th and there will also be outdoor games held in Nashville on February 26th with the Nashville Predators taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning and in Hamilton, Ontario on March 13th with the Toronto Maple Leafs clashing with the Buffalo Sabres.

There is a two-week break scheduled for February 7th to 22nd to allow NHL players to participate in the 2022 Olympic Games being held in Beijing, China.

There has been several coaching changes during the offseason as the Arizona Coyotes replaced Rick Tocchet with Andre Tourigny; the Buffalo Sabres fired Ralph Krueger last March and replaced him with Don Granato as their permanent head coach in June. The Columbus Blue Jackets parted ways with John Tortorella and hired Brad Larsen while The Montreal Canadiens replaced Claude Julien with

Dominique Ducharme as permanent head coach. In addition, the New York Rangers sacked David Quinn in May and replaced him with Gerard Gallant.

Bet365 offers numerous wagering options during the NHL season as fans can bet on individual games as well as futures and props betting.

Popular single-game bets include exact goals, correct scores, highest-scoring period, winning margin and will the game go to a shootout etc.

As for future bets, the most common are to wager on are who will win the Stanley Cup, who will capture the President’s Trophy, which teams will make or miss the playoffs, the top individual point or goal scorer, which team will win a specific division or conference and who will win the end-of-season individual awards etc.   

When it comes to winning the President’s Trophy as the league’s top regular-season team in 2021-22, bet365 oddsmakers list the Colorado Avalanches as the favorites at +225 followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning at +500, the Las Vegas Golden Knights at +600 and Toronto Maple Leafs at +650.

The longshots to hoist the President’s Trophy include the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets at +30000 with the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators at +25000. The expansion Seattle Kraken are listed in the middle of the pack at +5000.

As for capturing the Stanley Cup, the current favorites are the Colorado Avalanche at +450 followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning at +550, the Las Vegas Golden Knights at +700 and the Toronto Maple Leafs at +1100.

The Stanley Cup longshots are the Buffalo Sabres at +25000, the Detroit Red Wings at +20000, the Arizona Coyotes at +15000 with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks both at 12500. Once again, the Seattle Kraken are listed at +5000. 

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