The NHL may not be the biggest draw for sports bettors when it comes to the major professional leagues in the US, but the Stanley Cup Finals are the sport’s biggest draw of the year for hockey. Playoff hockey in general is about as exciting as it gets since you can pretty much throw out any results from the regular season.
Betting the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals
The opening round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs sent the top seed from both the Eastern and Western Conference packing early as well as the other two division title winners. The St. Louis Blues made their way through the bracket in the West in 19 games and the Boston Bruins needed a total of 17 games to earn a spot in the upcoming NHL Finals out of the East.
Betting Series Price Odds
The series price odds for this one final best-of-seven tilt favor the Bruins at -165 while St. Louis has been opened as a +140 underdog. Everything can change in an instant based of the winner of Game 1. If Boston wins as a -150 home favorite, its series price will jump sky high. If the Blues can find a way to shift home ice in their favor with an upset as +130 road underdogs, the updated series price odds are sure to even out.
This can be one of the most profitable bets for private bookies taking action on the series. Smart bettors will go one way ahead of the series start and then look for angles on how to hedge their bets before upcoming games. With the help of your pay per head online sports betting software provider, you can build out your NHL betting board with a wide variety of options for this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.
Unlike the NBA Finals which might only last four or five games, this matchup in the NHL title series should go at least six, if not the full seven games. Both of these series can provide one last surge in betting action before MLB betting becomes the only daily game in town.
Adding Other NHL Betting Options
You probably have a solid core of NHL bettors that have been wagering on the games all season long, but the finals can have a much wider appeal to your entire customer base. You might even be able to bring a few new bettors into the fold who are looking for some expanded options to bet on this series.
Adding betting options for game, team and player props is another great way to increase your overall NHL handle. There are some general prop such as the Conn Smythe Award to the series MVP. Boston’s Tuukka Rask is a -115 odds-on favorite as the Bruins’ goalie followed by Jordan Binnington as the starting goalie for St. Louis at +300 betting odds.
There are also prop betting options on a game-by-game basis that add more excitement to the action on the ice. Along with the money line and total for each game, you can offer each betting line on a period by period basis. Most pay per head bookie software providers also offer the ability for live in-game wagers that kick in after the game has gotten underway.
By getting the word out early for everything that is on your NHL Stanley Cup Finals board, you can quickly level the playing field with all the big commercial sportsbooks trying to attract NHL betting fans to their online betting sites.
The key to being successful as a private bookie is running a full-service book that does match if not exceed the competition when it comes to betting options for major events like the Stanley Cup Finals.