2022 NHL Stanley Cup Preview & Betting Guide

Published: Nov 25, 10:16am Last Updated: Jul 17, 11:09am Ice Hockey 1 Comment 394 Views

2020-21 NHL Season Recap

The 2020-21 season saw the teams play just fifty-six regular-season games with the top four from each division heading to the playoffs, the Western pair of the Avalanche (39-13-4) and Golden Knights (40-14-2) impressed in the regular season, both amassing a total of 82 points, there was only one other team to hit the eighty point mark which was the Hurricanes (36-12-8) and it was the Avalanche who picked up the Presidents' Trophy, the season's MVP was awarded to Connor McDavid who finished up as the top scorer in the regular season.

Regular Season Top Point Scorers

  1. Connor McDavid (EDM) 105pts (33 Goals, 72 Assists)
  2. Leon Draisaitl (EDM) 84pts (31 Goals, 53 Assists)
  3. Brad Marchand (BOS) 69pts (29 Goals, 40 Assists)
  4. Mitch Marner (TOR) 67pts (20 Goals, 47 Assists)
  5. Auston Matthews (TOR) 66pts (41 Goals, 25 Assists)

It was the Oilers duo Draisaitl and McDavid who led the regular season in points for the second year running although it was a reversal of last season with Connor McDavid leading the way with 105 points, he had previously won it in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, his teammate Leon Draisaitl picked up 84 points during the regular season to finish in the second spot.

Who won the 2021 Stanley Cup?

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the second year running, it was their third success from just four Stanley Cup appearances. They made pretty easy work of it also, they only needed one game seven to advance, they beat the Panthers (4-2), Hurricanes (4-1), Islanders (4-3) and then the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup 4-1, it was only the fourth time in the last eighteen Stanley Cups which needed no more than five games.

Will there be a 2022 NHL Season?

Following the disrupted couple of seasons, the 2021-22 season could well follow suit depending on restrictions from the Canadian government, the NHL is keeping their options open and there is also the 2021 Olympics too which could cause a stop in the schedule to allow players to travel.

Here are some useful links to sections on OLBG which will come in handy for the new season:

There are scheduled to be three 'International Games' this season, the Bruins and Predators playing in Prague and then the Avalanche and Blue Jackets playing twice in Helsinki, at present, these are scheduled to go ahead as planned. The 'Winter Classic' that was postponed in 2021 will now take place in 2022 with the Wild hosting the Blues at Target Field.

With the great news that the 2021-22 season will be taking place, the tipsters on OLBG will be delighted, especially the best NHL handicappers, these are tipsters who over the past twelve months have all made a profit with their ice hockey predictions!

Who Will Win The Stanley Cup 2022?

There are three teams according to the bookies pre-season who are favourites to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, the much improved Colorado Avalanche who have a 100% record when making the Stanley Cup final having won it in both 1996 & 2001, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Knights remarkably made the Stanley Cup final in their first season, however, lost 4-2 to the Capitals, last season they made it to the Conference Final but went down 4-1 to the Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning who are the team of the moment and looking for a third consecutive win after lifting the Stanley Cup in both 2020 & 2021.

NHL Stanley Cup including play offs 01 Dec @ 10:00 - Win Tournament
COL Avalanche 8.00
FLA Panthers 10.00
VGS Golden Knights 11.00
TOR Maple Leafs 11.00
TB Lightning 11.00
CAR Hurricanes 16.00
EDM Oilers 16.00
WAS Capitals 17.00
BOS Bruins 18.00
MIN Wild 19.00

The Lightning wins in 2020 & 2021 meant that five of the last six winners have now come from the Eastern Conference with the Pens (2016-17) and Capitals (2018) being the other winners and Game Seven is becoming a rarity too now, between 2003 & 2011 there were five series which need all seven games to decide the winner, however, since 2012 there has only been one series which has gone to seven which was in 2019. The Pittsburgh Penguins (2016-17) were the only back-to-back winners since 1999 but the Lightning joined them having won it in both 2020 & 2021 and in 2022 will be looking for three in a row and the first team to do so since the Islanders in the 80s.

To see which team the OLBG ice hockey handicappers are predicting to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, head over to the 2022 NHL Picks page, not only is the NHL covered on there but other great tournaments like the KHL and SHL too.

The Seattle Kraken, Welcome to the NHL!

A Legend From The Deep Awakens, Meet The Seattle Kraken!

The Seattle Kraken who will be joining the NHL league will take part in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and will be the 32nd NHL team, the new franchise will be joining the league for the 2021-22 season.

Part of the ownership of the franchise is by Jerry Bruckheimer who film fans will know very well, he has teamed up with David Bonderman and Tod Leiweke to form Seattle Hockey Partners who own this franchise. The team will play their home games at the Climate Pledge Arena which opened in 1962 and has been home to numerous college teams as well as NBA franchise Seattle SuperSonics and WNBA's Seattle Storm.

What is the Line-up for the 2022 Season?

As things stand, for the 2020-2021 season the Seattle Kraken will be joining the Pacific Division with the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central Division.

Atlantic Division (Eastern Conference)

  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Central Division (Western Conference)

  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Dallas Stars
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Winnipeg Jets

Pacific Division (Western Conference)

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Seattle Kraken
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Vegas Golden Knights

Metropolitan Division (Eastern Conference)

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New Jersey Devils
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Coaching Changes for 2022

Six franchises will be starting the 2021-22 season with a different head coach compared to the start of last season.

  • Andrew Tourigny (Arizona Coyotes)
  • Don Granato (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Brad Larsen (Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Dominique Ducharme (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Gerard Gallant (New York Rangers)
  • Dave Hakstol (Seattle Kraken)

Arizona Coyotes - The four-year reign of Rick Tocchet came to an end in May of 2021, a day after the season finished and he has been replaced by Andre Tourigny who has been handed his first head coach role in the NHL.

Buffalo Sabres - Following a twelve game losing streak, Ralph Krueger who has led the Sabres to a 6-18-4 record was relieved of his role and replaced by Don Granato who has been retained for the new season ahead.

Columbus Blue Jackets - After six seasons with the team and a record of 227-166-54, John Tortorella mutually left the Blue Jackets, he was later replaced by Brad Larsen who has been promoted after serving seven years as an assistant coach.

Montreal Canadiens - Claude Julien's second spell with the team came to an end after starting with a 9-5-4 record, he was replaced by the assistant coach Dominique Ducharme who has now been given the job on a three-year contract.

New York Rangers - After three seasons as the Rangers head coach, David Quinn (96-87-25) was sacked by the franchise, he was replaced a month later with Gerard Gallant, an experienced head coach with over 540 coached games to his name.

Seattle Kraken - Dave Hakstol is the man who has been picked to lead the Seattle Kraken in their inaugural season in the NHL, the Canadian spent four years as head coach of the Flyers with a 134-101-42 record.

Who has won the Most Stanley Cups?

  • 24 - Montreal Canadiens
  • 13 - Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 11 - Detroit Red Wings

By far the most successful team in winning the Stanley Cup is the Montreal Canadiens, they have won it a total of twenty-four times and have a .727 win percentage when making the finals having also lost nine times, a lot of their wins came some time ago, they made ten consecutive finals between 1951 & 1960 winning six of those including five consecutive. They made a total of six finals in the 1960s with a very good return of five Stanley Cup wins, they won all six finals they appeared in during the 1970s and they won their last final in 1993 which was also the last final series that they made, so whilst they have a good record, their recent record is not so good.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the same boat as the Canadiens with all of their wins coming early on, in fact, their last success, which was the thirteenth time they had lifted the Stanley Cup was back in 1967, between 1942 and 1967 they made it to twelve finals and had an excellent record by winning ten of those, they have appeared in a total of twenty-one finals and have notched up a total of thirteen wins, which makes their win percentage in the final .619.

There is only one other franchise who has lifted the Stanley Cup more than ten times and are the leading American franchise behind the two Canadians, that is the Detroit Red Wings who have lost more than they have won in the Stanley Cup finals with eleven victories and thirteen defeats. Their first appearance was back in 1934 when losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, however, they returned in 1936 & 1937 to win back-to-back cups but the 1940s was not a good one for them, despite making it to six finals they only lifted the cup once (1943) but the 1950s brought better luck with wins in 1950, 1952, 1954 & 1955. They have made five finals since 1997 in which they have won four but when last seen (2009) they tasted defeat.

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Most Stanley Cup Appearances?

There are six teams who have made it to the Stanley Cup finals more than ten times, the Canadiens lead the way with thirty-five appearances with their last coming in 2021, the Red Wings are next best with twenty-four appearances with their last coming in 2009.

The other two to make it twenty or more times are the Maple Leafs with twenty-one finals but they have not made any final since 1967 and then the Bruins who have appeared in twenty finals, their most recent being in 2019.

Two more have hit double figures, the Blackhawks with thirteen and the Rangers with eleven, the Blackhawks last appeared in 2015 whilst for the Rangers, it was 2014.

  • 35 - Montreal Canadiens
  • 24 - Detroit Red Wings
  • 21 - Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 20 - Boston Bruins
  • 13 - Chicago Blackhawks
  • 11 - New York Rangers

Who Has Never Won The Stanley Cup?

Of the current thirty-one franchises in the NHL, a total of twenty-seven of those have at least made a Stanley Cup final, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and the Arizona Coyotes are the four teams who have never made it to a Stanley Cup final.

Along with those four teams, there are an additional seven who have never won a Stanley Cup despite making it to the finals, those are the Vancouver Canucks (0-3), Buffalo Sabres (0-2), Florida Panthers (0-1), Nashville Predators (0-1), Ottawa Senators (0-1), San Jose Sharks (0-1) and the Vegas Golden Knights (0-1).


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