As hockey fans are no doubt well aware, this week sees the start of the new NHL season and a return to the usual set ups in the Eastern and Western Conferences.
Gone are the special regional divisions that were used last season and we are now back to the teams in the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Divisions.
However, we no longer have one seven-division team due to the Seattle Kraken being given an expansion team slot, and they will become one of the eight teams to compete in the Western Conference Pacific Division.
Kraken On With The Season!
The Kraken have played their first ever regular season game, going down 4-3 to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, while in the other game on Tuesday night, the Stanley Cup holders, the Tampa Bay Lightning went down to a surprise 6-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It all feels rather good to get back to some semblance of normality!
And there is no doubt that with 32 teams, the league now has a more even and balanced look to it too.
Now we know hockey fans will be heading over to enjoy a wager on their favourite team, perhaps even on them lifting the Stanley Cup and if you decide to enjoy a wager with BetMGM Sportsbook, then there is a great value offer available for customers that like to enjoy Live Betting.
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BetMGM Bet And Get NHL Season Opener Offer
To qualify for the bonus, all you need to do is log in to your BetMGM account and then head over to the promotions page. Find the Get A $10 Live Free Bet offer, click on it and then click on the Opt In button to activate the bonus.
Once you have done this, you then need to place a $50 live wager on any of the NHL season games that take place between the 13th October 2021 and the 12th June 2022.
You can only access this offer once during that promotional period, but there is no quick time limit on this promotion, so you can bide your time if you like until you see a bet that you really like the look of.
Once you have placed your qualifying bet, then regardless of whether that bet is a winner or loser, you will receive a free $10 live bet credited to your account within 24 hours of your bet being settled.
You have to use that bet as a single $10 live bet and you must use your free bet within seven days of receipt or it will expire.
So what are the games that you could use your Free Bet on this week in the NHL? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
NHL Season Opener Fixtures – Week 1
In addition to the Lightning v Penguins and Kraken v Golden Knights fixtures already played, we have a number of other key games you could bet on to access this offer on the opening week of fixtures.
Wednesday Night Games
- Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens
- Washington Capitals v New York Rangers
- Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets
- Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks
- Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks
Thursday Night Games
- Columbus Blue Jackets v Arizona Coyotes
- Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs
- Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders
- Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins
- Buffalo Sabres v Montreal Canadiens
- New York Rangers v Dallas Stars
- Detroit Red Wings v Tampa Bay Lightning
- Nashville Predators v Seattle Kraken
- Los Angeles Kings v Las Vegas Golden Knights
So as you can see, there are a wide range of games to use this offer on across the first week of action in the NHL.
Stanley Cup Winner Odds
Let’s take a quick look now at the odds with BetMGM on who will win the Stanley Cup this season.
Unsurprisingly, after winning back to back Championships, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the best backed teams at 7/1, but they are not the favorites with the Colorado Avalanche holding that position at 6/1.
You can back the Las Vegas Golden Knights at 15/2, as these three teams lead the betting at the moment.
The next group of teams sees the Maple Leafs (11/1), Bruins (12/1) and Islanders (14/1) who are followed by five teams who are 22/1 (Hurricanes, Oilers, Panthers, Rangers and Penguins).
Rank outsiders for the title this year are the Buffalo Sabres at 200/1, while the Seattle Kraken are 50/1 to win the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season in the league.
It promises to be another exciting year and you can catch all the great betting action right here!