The National Hockey League consists of 32 teams, within two conferences and four divisions, competing for the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
After the 82-game regular season ends, the playoffs start, consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven games to decide the winner of the Stanley Cup.
However, the Stanley Cup is not the only trophy a team can win throughout the season. A regular-season trophy is awarded to the team with the most points, called the Presidents’ Trophy.
In each game a team can earn three points for a win, two per overtime win, one for a loss in overtime, and zero in a loss.
What is the NHL Regular Season Awards – Presidents’ Trophy?
Like the Stanley Cup, NHL lines are created before the season starts to allow fans and bettors to place money on a team to win the Presidents’ Trophy.
It is difficult to pick the one team that will win the trophy. The team must be the best in the league over all 82 games and rarely hit a slump during the regular season.
It was first awarded in the 1985–86 season, with the Edmonton Oilers winning. Since then, 18 different teams have won the award, with the Detroit Red Wings winning it the most times, six.
If two teams are tied at the end of the season, the one with the most wins receives the trophy.
How does the NHL Regular Season Awards – Presidents’ Trophy work?
Only one team can win the President’s Trophy, so it often looks like preseason Stanley Cup odds. There is a list of all 32 teams, and they are all ranked by their NHL Vegas odds, from most likely to win to least likely.
No team is truly an overwhelming favorite at the start of the season, making it the best time to place a wager. As games are played, the odds will adjust to how they are playing.
The team’s NHL odds are based on the previous year’s success, how they competed in the playoffs, and if the team improved or got worse during the offseason. It tries to predict how good a team will be in the regular season.
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Betting on who will win the Presidents’ Trophy is a prop bet of its own. It allows you to bet on something outside a single game specific outcome.
The bet takes the entire season to close and is available to be placed at any time, but the best time is probably before the season starts.
Like other future season-long prop bets, they can be parlayed with another one. Allowing you to make bets surrounding one team, wagering on a team’s playoff chances, Stanley Cup odds, win totals, and point totals.
Making a good, educated prediction of who will win the Presidents’ Trophy takes a lot of understanding of the NHL season, the teams, and the players. Looking over a team’s offseason and success in prior seasons.
If a team was a few points behind from winning the trophy last season but improved the roster or got players back from injuries, they could close the gap and win the trophy the following year.