Odds on Every NHL Team to Make or Miss the Playoffs

On October 3, the NHL is back after months of waiting. If it comes to projecting which teams have the best (or worst) opportunities to create or miss the playoffs in the 2018-19 season, bettors searching for worth will get no shortage of it at one sportsbook.
BetOnline 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 greatest opportunities to arise in the promised land.
The clubs with the worst odds to make the playoffs would be 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
As soon as it’s looking like a lock for teams like the Maple Leafs and Lightning to make it, you won’t find any worth in their current prices. That’s why the teams offered in plus-money to make the playoffs I like would be the Colorado Avalanche (+150) and New Jersey Devils (+110).
The Avs and Devils made surprising playoff appearances annually before, and oddsmakers are clearly expecting a regression heading forward. But both squads look like they’re prepared to advance back for the second year in a row and are moving in the perfect direction, therefore a bet on them at the present cost looks like a solid bet to me.
Top stakes to miss the playoffs
Sportsbooks and I’m differing on our opinions regarding the postseason hopes of two groups: 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 place to reach the open market, I have a sense that the Jackets can manage one (or both) at the trade deadline if they’re struggling.
The Stars are filled with top notch ability but are lacking depth up front, and I am not sure they have what it takes to be a playoff team. At +135 to fail to produce the postseason, the price is right.
For more gambling information looking? Check out my comprehensive Best Bets for Each NHL Team article, and head over to our NHL page.

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