2014-15 NHL Playoff Odds

With the NFL season underway, most other sports are forced to take a backseat in the hearts and minds of bettors. Perhaps that’s what has allowed the NHL season to creep up with the stealth and silence of a serial killer in a horror movie. Although it seems as though the NHL season ended quite recently, pre-season action actually begins this Sunday (9/21) with the regular season opening play on October 8th.

Throughout the off-season we’ve written about Stanley Cup Futures, Divisional Odds and Point Totals, but just this week one of the more public sportsbooks posted the NHL playoff odds for all 30 teams.

Bovada, which is considered to be one of the most square sportsbooks, posted a prop bet in which bettors could simply say “Yes” or “No” to the question of whether each NHL team will make the playoffs. The table below displays the current odds for all 30 teams and will be continually updated before the start of the season.

Team Yes No
Chicago Blackhawks -1100 +625
Boston Bruins -1000 +600
Pittsburgh Penguins -850 +525
Anaheim Ducks -800 +500
St. Louis Blues -800 +500
Los Angeles Kings -800 +500
Tampa Bay Lightning -300 +240
San Jose Sharks -300 +240
Minnesota Wild -280 +220
New York Rangers -275 +215
Montreal Canadiens -250 +195
Detroit Red Wings -180 +150
Colorado Avalanche -155 +125
Dallas Stars -150 +120
Philadelphia Flyers -135 +105
Columbus Blue Jackets -135 +105
Washington Capitals -130 +100
New York Islanders -115 -115
New Jersey Devils -105 -125
Toronto Maple Leafs -105 -125
Vancouver Canucks +120 -150
Edmonton Oilers +170 -210
Ottawa Senators +190 -230
Carolina Hurricanes +190 -230
Florida Panthers +250 -325
Nashville Predators +250 -325
Winnipeg Jets +250 -325
Arizona Coyotes +275 -350
Calgary Flames +300 -400
Buffalo Sabres +400 -600

It’s not surprising to see that the teams with the best odds of winning the Stanley Cup — i.e. the Blackhawks, Bruins, Penguins and Ducks — also have the best odds to make the playoffs. However, there are a few discrepancies including the Arizona Coyotes who have the 10th worst future odds but the 3rd worst playoff odds. Perhaps this speaks to the depth of the Western Conference and specifically the Pacific Division which features elite teams like the Ducks, Sharks and Kings along with a much-improved Canucks team.

It may also noteworthy to point out that the Kings (+900) have better odds of winning the Stanley Cup than the Penguins (+1000), but Pittsburgh actually has better odds of making the playoffs (-850) than Los Angeles (-800). Once again, this likely speaks to the depth and talent in the Western Conference.

Which eight teams do you think will make the playoffs in each conference? Are any teams being undervalued by oddsmakers? Please leave any thoughts, comments, or questions in the section below.

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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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