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Odds For Each Canadian Team To Make The NHL Playoffs

Canadian hockey had fallen on hard times last season, as no team based in the Great White North made the NHL playoffs. Things are certain to rebound this season, as six of the seven Canadian teams have a winning record at the time of this writing. With the nation waiting for its first Stanley Cup win since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, we look at the odds for each Canadian team to make the upcoming playoffs.

Calgary Flames

The Flames claiming one of the top three spots in the Pacific Division, and an automatic berth in the playoffs, seems unlikely at this point. Calgary is 11 points behind the Edmonton Oilers for third in the division. However, the Flames are in a heated battle over the two Western Conference wild-card spots. 

However, the Flames are struggling mightily of late. Calgary posted an ugly 5-7-1 record during the month of January while averaging just 2.2 goals per game. If the Flames don't rectify their issues on both ends of the ice soon, they could very easily fall out of the competitive West.

Will The Calgary Flames Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes +185
  • No -280

Edmonton Oilers

When most think of the Edmonton Oilers, they think of Connor McDavid, which is fair considering his phenomenal play. However, it’s the growth in the Oilers defense that has cemented the squad as a playoff contender. Edmonton ranks in the top 10 in goals allowed per game, which is something the Oilers have not even come close to doing since the ’05-06 season when they finished the year 12th.

Edmonton sits third in the Pacific and has a 10-point cushion over the fourth-place team. It would take a massive collapse for the Oilers to miss the playoffs. 

Will The Edmonton Oilers Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes -1400
  • No +650

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens are tied for fourth in the NHL in points and they are first in the Atlantic Division by a wide margin. There isn’t much to break down here. Montreal will be in the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons this year.

Will The Montreal Canadiens Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes -1400
  • No +650

Ottawa Senators

The Senators’ defensive play has them battling for second place in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa has held opponents to just 2.67 goals per game on the season, which is good enough for 12th-best in the NHL. However, the biggest plus has been the recent surge of offense, as the Senators have been averaging 3.8 goals per game between January 8 and 31.

Ottawa, though, could certainly afford to work on its middling power play, which has converted just 16.9 percent of its chances with the extra man. As long as the Senators keep up their same pace, they should make the playoffs, but they likely won’t be a threat until they fix that special teams play.

Will The Ottawa Senators Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes -150
  • No +110

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs continue to get by with their youngsters simply outscoring the opposition. A middling defense has not slowed down Toronto thanks to its sixth-ranked scoring offense behind Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. It’s the special teams that really separate the Leafs from other contenders, as they rank in the top three in the NHL in both power-play and penalty-kill percentage. 

Toronto sits in fourth in the Atlantic Division and would be the last Eastern Conference team out if the playoffs started today. It may come down to the wire, but the Leafs are expected to make the postseason for the first time since the ’12-13 season.

Will The Toronto Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes -165
  • No -135

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver has been a Jekyll and Hyde squad all season – great at home and downright terrible on the road. The Canucks are currently well out of the playoffs and that isn’t likely to change until they start winning on the road.  

Goalie Ryan Miller has been a microcosm of this problem, as he has allowed over a goal more in games on the road compared with at Rogers Arena. If the Canucks can suddenly become a winning road team, then they can make a surge in the second half of the season.

Will The Vancouver Canucks Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes +325
  • No -550

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets have managed to stick around the playoff race despite sitting in the bottom half of the league in most statistics. The young nucleus of Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers has formed one of the best goal-scoring cores in the NHL, but they can’t make up for bad defense and goaltending. 

Unless the defense miraculously changes its ways, the Jets making the playoffs doesn’t seem likely.

Will The Winnipeg Jets Make The Playoffs?

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • Yes +450
  • No -850