NHL Playoff Standings Right Now

You'll find below the NHL playoff bracket. Each playoff series is an entity unto itself, filled with peaks and valleys affecting both teams involved. [+]

They say a Stanley Cup series goes to the team that is able to first impose its will on the other team and signs to look for include the first team that's able to win a game in the other team's building. Teams that win the special teams battle and get the superior goaltending will also win nine out of every 10 series.

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How To Win At NHL Playoff Betting

The NHL playoffs offer more betting options than during the regular season. You can still make the usual hockey wagers - moneyline, puckline and total - but you can also wager on which team you think will win the series, and how many games it might take them to do so. 

Prop bets are a lot of fun in the playoffs, a more playful way to wager on the NHL postseason. And you don't have to wait until the playoffs get underway to start placing wagers. Future wagers are a great way to make the season a little bit more exciting and it's often a chance to take a roll of the dice a play a longshot to win the Stanley Cup.

You'll want to avoid the more successful teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, who will always get plenty of action, as will traditionally popular teams like the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. But don't be afraid to take a flyer because with the parity in today's NHL, you never know what might happen. As recently as 2012, the eighth-seeded Kings barely squeaked into the playoffs, but they went all the way and won the Stanley Cup.