The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are about to begin on August 1st. The NHL will return to play from a four month hiatus and this years playoffs will look much different than in the past.
There will be 24 teams vying for the 2020 Stanley Cup. Teams ranked 5th to 12th in each Conference will play in best of 5 “qualifying” series before the traditional 16 team playoffs begins after August 9th. The top four ranked teams in each Conference will play in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding.
The Eastern and Western Conferences will each play in their own bubbles (Toronto for the East and Edmonton for the West) with the bubbles likely being reduced to a single bubble at the Conference Finals stage. All of this means that we will be treated to a lot of NHL playoff hockey spread out over each day throughout August and September.
On this page I will give you all the information you need to bet on the 2020 NHL Playoffs. I’ve outlined our top rated betting sites for Canadians, looked at various bets you can make on the playoffs, and finished with a simple 3 step guide you can follow to get your bets placed online right away.
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These are our three recommended betting sites for Canadians. Check out any of the reviews above to learn more about each site.
I will be using odds and examples from SportsInteraction.com, our top rated betting site for Canadians, for the rest of this page.
The odds can vary significantly between sportsbooks, especially for NHL series betting and futures, so I suggest looking at the odds at each site before placing your bets.
NHL Series Betting
Betting on the series winner is a unique bet that you can make during the NHL Playoffs. I prefer betting on the series winner than individual games because you get more entertainment value out of each bet, and you can also more easily predict a series winner, than who will win each individual game.
Here’s a screenshot of the series odds for the Canadiens vs Penguins play-in round series:
At SportsInteraction.com you will find the ‘Series Winner’ odds under the ‘NHL Futures’ link under ‘Hockey’. You can also bet on the series correct score, series total games and series handicap for each playoff series.
Stanley Cup Futures Betting
You are also able to continue betting on the Stanley Cup winner throughout the playoffs. These odds are also found in the ‘NHL Futures’ section of the website.
Here are the odds for the Stanley Cup winner heading into the 2020 Playoffs.
You can also bet on the Conference winners in the same section.
NHL Playoff Games Betting
You can bet on every individual game from the 2020 NHL Playoffs. The main bets are still the money line (to win), over/under and puckline bets, but there are far more prop betting options in the playoffs than in the regular season.
Here’s a screenshot of the bets you can make for game 1 between the Blackhawks and Oilers. You can click on the game header to see all of the prop bets available for the game. **The number of bets offered typically increases as we get deeper into the playoffs.
Check out our hockey betting page for a further breakdown of the main bets you can make on NHL games.
How To Bet On The Stanley Cup Playoffs – 3 Steps
I’m going to keep this section simple and to the point. For a more in depth 3 step guide to betting on the NHL, click here for our how to bet on the NHL page.
Step 1. Join SportsInteraction.com
Click the above link, click ‘Bet Now’ on the landing page and fill out the short form to open your Sports Interaction account.
Step 2. Deposit
Log into your SIA account and click the ‘Deposit’ button. Choose your preferred deposit method (Visa, MasterCard, Interac e-Transfer, iDebit, paysafecard, ecopayz) and complete the instructions to fund your deposit.
Interac e-Transfer is a great option for Canadians that is as easy as sending money to a friend.
Step 3. Place Your NHL Playoffs Bets
Click on ‘Sports’ in the top navigation bar of the SIA website, open the ‘Hockey’ drop down menu and select any of the ‘NHL’ links to find the different bets available in the sportsbook.
Select any bet(s) you want to make and enter your Bet Amount on the Bet Card. Click ‘Place Bet’ to lock in your wager.
It’s that easy. Ready to bet? Click here to visit SportsInteraction.com.