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Odds on Every NHL Team to Make or Miss the Playoffs

Ilya Kovalchuk #17, Daniel Brickley #78, Anze Kopitar #11, Dustin Brown #23 and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings listen to the national anthem before the game against the Vegas Golden Knights at STAPLES Center on September 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

After months of waiting, the NHL is finally back on October 3. When it comes to projecting which teams have the best (or worst) chances to make or miss the playoffs in the 2018-19 season, bettors looking for value will find no shortage of it at one sportsbook.

Bovada has released odds on all 31 NHL teams to either make or miss the postseason in the spring. On the board, the Toronto Maple Leafs (-800), Tampa Bay Lightning (-800), Winnipeg Jets (-625), Pittsburgh Penguins (-550), Boston Bruins (-500) and Nashville Predators (-500) have the best chances to appear in the promised land.

The clubs with the worst odds to make the playoffs are the Ottawa Senators (+900), Vancouver Canucks (+850), Detroit Red Wings (+525), New York Rangers (+425), Montreal Canadiens (+325), New York Islanders (+300) and Buffalo Sabres (+275).

Top bets to make the playoffs

While it’s looking like a lock for teams like the Maple Leafs and Lightning to make it, you won’t find any value in their current prices. That’s why the teams available in plus-money to make the playoffs I like are the Colorado Avalanche (+150) and New Jersey Devils (+110).

Both the Avs and Devils made surprising playoff appearances a year ago, and oddsmakers are clearly expecting a regression going forward. But both squads look like they’re primed to advance back there for the second year in a row and are moving in the right direction, so a wager on them at the current price looks like a solid bet to me.

Top bets to miss the playoffs

Sportsbooks and I are differing on our opinions regarding the postseason hopes of two teams: the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars. The Blue Jackets, who are +240 to miss the playoffs, are in for a disappointing year in my eyes. With soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Artemi Panarin and franchise goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky set to hit the open market, I have a feeling the Jackets may deal one (or both) at the trade deadline if they’re struggling.

The Stars are loaded with top-end talent but are lacking depth up front, and I’m not convinced they have what it takes to be a playoff team. At +135 to fail to make the postseason, the price is right.

Looking for more betting information on the ice? Check out my comprehensive Best Bets for Every NHL Team article, and head over to our NHL page.

Odds on every NHL team to make or miss the playoffs

Anaheim Ducks
  • To make the playoffs -165
  • To miss the playoffs +135
Arizona Coyotes
  • To make the playoffs +375
  • To miss the playoffs -550
Boston Bruins
  • To make the playoffs -500
  • To miss the playoffs +350
Buffalo Sabres
  • To make the playoffs +275
  • To miss the playoffs -350
Calgary Flames
  • To make the playoffs -145
  • To miss the playoffs +115
Carolina Hurricanes
  • To make the playoffs +165
  • To miss the playoffs -205
Chicago Blackhawks
  • To make the playoffs +220
  • To miss the playoffs -280
Colorado Avalanche
  • To make the playoffs +150
  • To miss the playoffs -180
Columbus BlUE Jackets
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +240
Dallas Stars
  • To make the playoffs -165
  • To miss the playoffs +135
Detroit Red Wings
  • To make the playoffs +525
  • To miss the playoffs -850
Edmonton Oilers
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -110
Florida Panthers
  • To make the playoffs -210
  • To miss the playoffs +170
Los Angeles Kings
  • To make the playoffs -155
  • To miss the playoffs +125
Minnesota Wild
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +140
Montreal Canadiens
  • To make the playoffs +350
  • To miss the playoffs -500
Nashville Predators
  • To make the playoffs -500
  • To miss the playoffs +350
New Jersey Devils
  • To make the playoffs EVEN
  • To miss the playoffs -130
New York Islanders
  • To make the playoffs +300
  • To miss the playoffs -400
New York Rangers
  • To make the playoffs +425
  • To miss the playoffs -625
Ottawa Senators
  • To make the playoffs +900
  • To miss the playoffs -1800
Philadelphia Flyers
  • To make the playoffs -280
  • To miss the playoffs +220
Pittsburgh Penguins
  • To make the playoffs -550
  • To miss the playoffs +375
San Jose Sharks
  • To make the playoffs -350
  • To miss the playoffs +275
St. Louis Blues
  • To make the playoffs -175
  • To miss the playoffs +145
Tampa Bay Lightning
  • To make the playoffs -800
  • To miss the playoffs +500
Toronto Maple Leafs
  • To make the playoffs -800
  • To miss the playoffs +500
Vancouver Canucks
  • To make the playoffs +850
  • To miss the playoffs -1700
Vegas Golden Knights
  • To make the playoffs -325
  • To miss the playoffs +250
Washington Capitals
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +240
Winnipeg Jets
  • To make the playoffs -625
  • To miss the playoffs +425

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