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Odds on NHL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs

Odds on NHL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs

The 2019-20 NHL regular season has reached the halfway mark and All-Star Weekend is in the books. With play set to return to the ice on January 27, sportsbooks have released odds on 19 teams to either make or miss the playoffs.

Online shop BetOnline has updated its potential playoff odds, which you can read below. As is usually the case in the NHL, this year’s postseason is shaping up to be a wide-open affair. For the latest Stanley Cup betting odds, visit our championship futures page.

Capitals are the Toast of the League Right Now

At the break, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins are holding the lead in the Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions with 71 and 70 points respectively. Washington has been the most consistent club so far this season and leads the league in a significant number of major categories, most notably with its stellar road record of 18-6-1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (67) and New York Islanders (63) occupy the second and third spots in the Metropolitan, while the Tampa Bay Lightning (62) and Florida Panthers (61) rank behind Boston in the Atlantic. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes possess the first and second Eastern Conference wild-card spots as of this writing.

Western Conference is Especially Tight

In the Western Conference, the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have continued their winning ways in the form of 68 points and the Central Division lead. The Colorado Avalanche (62) and Dallas Stars (58) find themselves behind the Blues in the Central.

The Pacific Division is an all-Canadian affair, as the Vancouver Canucks (58), Edmonton Oilers (57) and Calgary Flames (57) are in the top three slots. The Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights currently hold claim to the wild-card spots.

Flyers, Predators and Leafs are On the Bubble

According to the shop, the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs are the bubble teams to make or miss the playoffs. Philly is right behind Columbus and Carolina in the wild-card hunt in the East and is set to get injured star goaltender Carter Hart back in the fold soon.

The Predators have been one of the most disappointing squads in the NHL in 2019-20. At 22-18-7, the Preds are in serious danger of missing the playoffs unless they can finally start stringing some wins together after the all-star break.

Nashville recently gave longtime head coach Peter Laviolette his walking papers and replaced him with former New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes, so the front office is clearly banking on a new voice in the room to give this team a spark.

The Maple Leafs have looked like a completely different bunch after firing Mike Babcock in November. Under Sheldon Keefe, the Buds have gone 16-7-3. Toronto is -135 to make the playoffs at the sportsbook, and I like them a lot at that number.

Odds on NHL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs in 2019-20

Arizona Coyotes
  • To make the playoffs -250
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Calgary Flames
  • To make the playoffs -250
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Chicago Blackhawks
  • To make the playoffs +140
  • To miss the playoffs -160
Dallas Stars
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +250
Edmonton Oilers
  • To make the playoffs -200
  • To miss the playoffs +170
Minnesota Wild
  • To make the playoffs +155
  • To miss the playoffs -175
Nashville Predators
  • To make the playoffs +105
  • To miss the playoffs -125
Vancouver Canucks
  • To make the playoffs -210
  • To miss the playoffs +175
Vegas Golden Knights
  • To make the playoffs -250
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Winnipeg Jets
  • To make the playoffs +170
  • To miss the playoffs -200
Buffalo Sabres
  • To make the playoffs +300
  • To miss the playoffs -360
Carolina Hurricanes
  • To make the playoffs -240
  • To miss the playoffs +200
Columbus Blue Jackets
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +150
Florida Panthers
  • To make the playoffs -250
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Montreal Canadiens
  • To make the playoffs +450
  • To miss the playoffs -600
New York Islanders
  • To make the playoffs -240
  • To miss the playoffs +200
New York Rangers
  • To make the playoffs +600
  • To miss the playoffs -800
Philadelphia Flyers
  • To make the playoffs +110
  • To miss the playoffs -130
Toronto Maple Leafs
  • To make the playoffs -135
  • To miss the playoffs +115