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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 2021 NHL regular season will be very interesting with the new-look four divisions, including an all-Canadian division. The puck drops January 13 on a shortened 56-game season that makes each game all the more important in the race for the playoffs.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has updated its odds for all NHL teams to make or miss the playoffs. For the latest Stanley Cup betting odds, visit our championship futures page.

Odds To Make NHL Playoffs: Maple Leafs Leading The North

Something that fans have only dreamed of has now become a reality because of the coronavirus and cross-border travel restrictions. All seven Canadian teams will play among themselves in one division to see which of Canada’s teams reign supreme. The Toronto Maple Leafs are heavy -460 favorites to make the playoffs, with the Senators (+340) being the only Canadian club with unfavorable (plus-money) odds to make the playoffs.

The Leafs are joined by five other Canadian teams – the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames – as squads that have good odds to make the playoffs.

Odds To Make NHL Playoffs: Lightning Out In Front in Central Division

The defending Stanley Cup champions are ready to return to the ice, seeking to be the first team to repeat as champions since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. The Lightning have a pretty easy road in front of them, which is why they are huge -450 favorites to make the playoffs.

Despite being without Nikita Kucherov for the entire season due to an injury, Tampa Bay’s biggest competition inside the division will come from the Carolina Hurricanes or Dallas Stars. The Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks don’t figure to pose a problem for them.

The Hurricanes and Stars have good odds to make the playoffs while the other five teams will struggle to be competitive.

Odds To Make NHL Playoffs: East Division Looks To Be The Most Competitive

The East Division features five teams with good odds to make the playoffs: the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils are also solid teams, but it will be a tough grind against the rest of the division.

The Bruins and Flyers have the best odds to make the playoffs. For the first time in 14 years, the Bruins will be without Zdeno Chara, who joined the Capitals as a free agent. The Capitals made a change in the crease as Braden Holtby signed on with the Canucks, leaving the goaltending duties to Ilya Samsonov. They had signed Henrik Lundqvist for additional reinforcement but he will be out for the season with a heart condition.

Don’t overlook the Buffalo Sabres as a good value pick. sportsbooks have the Sabres at +180 odds to make the playoffs, but with the addition of Taylor Hall, this team has solid scoring punch with Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel, who has the potential to win the Hart Trophy.

Odds To Make NHL Playoffs: Golden Knights and Avalanche Reign In The West

The West has two of the NHL’s most powerful teams in the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, who were both Western Conference semifinalists a year ago and are looking to improve on that this season. They have the best odds to make the playoffs, with the Avalanche coming in at -500 and the Golden Knights at -450.

The Golden Knights added top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in the offseason to fortify a very loaded roster under head coach Peter DeBoer. The Avalanche are led by Nathan MacKinnon, who is one of the favorites to win the Art Ross Trophy.

Outside of those two teams, the St. Louis Blues are the only other West club to have good odds to make the playoffs at -300.

Odds on NHL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs in 2021

Anaheim Ducks
  • To make the playoffs +185
  • To miss the playoffs -250
Arizona Coyotes
  • To make the playoffs +140
  • To miss the playoffs -185
Boston Bruins
  • To make the playoffs -260
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Buffalo Sabres
  • To make the playoffs +180
  • To miss the playoffs -245
Calgary Flames
  • To make the playoffs -220
  • To miss the playoffs +165
Carolina Hurricanes
  • To make the playoffs -275
  • To miss the playoffs +200
Chicago Blackhawks
  • To make the playoffs +265
  • To miss the playoffs -380
Colorado Avalanche
  • To make the playoffs -500
  • To miss the playoffs +330
Columbus Blue Jackets
  • To make the playoffs -130
  • To miss the playoffs EVEN
Dallas Stars
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +130
Detroit Red Wings
  • To make the playoffs +460
  • To miss the playoffs -800
Edmonton Oilers
  • To make the playoffs -180
  • To miss the playoffs +135
Florida Panthers
  • To make the playoffs +110
  • To miss the playoffs -145
Los Angeles Kings
  • To make the playoffs +245
  • To miss the playoffs -350
Minnesota Wild
  • To make the playoffs -125
  • To miss the playoffs -105
Montreal Canadiens
  • To make the playoffs -215
  • To miss the playoffs +160
Nashville Predators
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -110
New Jersey Devils
  • To make the playoffs +250
  • To miss the playoffs -360
New York Islanders
  • To make the playoffs -125
  • To miss the playoffs -105
New York Rangers
  • To make the playoffs +110
  • To miss the playoffs -145
Ottawa Senators
  • To make the playoffs +340
  • To miss the playoffs -525
Philadelphia Flyers
  • To make the playoffs -215
  • To miss the playoffs +160
Pittsburgh Penguins
  • To make the playoffs -200
  • To miss the playoffs +150
San Jose Sharks
  • To make the playoffs +200
  • To miss the playoffs -275
St. Louis Blues
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +220
Tampa Bay Lightning
  • To make the playoffs -450
  • To miss the playoffs +300
Toronto Maple Leafs
  • To make the playoffs -460
  • To miss the playoffs +310
Vancouver Canucks
  • To make the playoffs -145
  • To miss the playoffs +110
Vegas Golden Knights
  • To make the playoffs -450
  • To miss the playoffs +300
Washington Capitals
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +130
Winnipeg Jets
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -110