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  • Below, see how the odds to make the playoffs shifted for all 31 NHL teams during the 2019-20 season
  • Learn how futures bets to make the postseason are being graded post-coronavirus
  • While 24 teams returned with a shot at the Cup after the COVID-19 hiatus, only 16 will technically make the playoffs proper

Editor’s note (August 7th):  Many bettors are wondering how make/miss playoff bets are being treated in this coronavirus-altered season. The short answer is that there is no single answer for all sportsbooks. However, most sites appear to be treating the qualification round as the end of the regular season, meaning that the eight teams that advance from the best-of-five qualification series will be deemed to have made the playoffs, along with the top-four seeds in each conference. The teams that lose the play-in series will be deemed to have missed the postseason and futures bets will be graded accordingly. 

The 2019-20 NHL regular season began on Wednesday, October 2. Eight teams from each conference will make the playoff: the top three teams from each of the four divisions plus the two next-best teams in the East and West.

This page monitored the odds for all 31 teams to make the playoffs from the time the odds opened until Commissioner Gary Bettman implemented the 24-team return-to-play tournament.

The graphs below were generated by averaging the odds from reputable online sports-betting sites.

NHL Playoff Odds: Eastern Conference

  • [Jan 28] The Leafs are still -150 favorites to make the postseason despite sitting two points out of a Wild-Card spot
  • [Sep 13] The Hurricanes’ postseason odds have improved significantly since the lines first opened, going from +100 all the way to -170.
  • [Aug 26] The following teams have opened as odds-on favorites to make the 2019-20 NHL Playoffs in the Eastern Conference: Boston, Florida, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington

Odds to Make & Miss 2020 NHL Playoffs

Team Odds to Make Playoffs Odds to Miss Playoffs
Boston Bruins OFF OFF
Buffalo Sabres OFF OFF
Carolina Hurricanes -240 +200
Columbus Blue Jackets -155 +135
Detroit Red Wings OFF OFF
Florida Panthers -250 +210
Montreal Canadiens +600 -800
New York Islanders -275 +235
New York Rangers +600 -800
New Jersey Devils OFF OFF
Ottawa Senators OFF OFF
Philadelphia Flyers +110 -130
Pittsburgh Penguins OFF OFF
 Toronto Maple Leafs -150 +130
Tampa Bay Lightning OFF OFF
Washington Capitals OFF OFF

Odds updated Jan 28, 2020.

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NHL Playoff Odds: Western Conference

  • [Jan 28] The fight for the playoff spots in the West will be fierce. Only the Blues and Avalanche are considered locks.
  • [Sep 13] There hasn’t been much movement in the West, though the once-might Blackhawks have faded from even-money to +120.
  • [Aug 26] The following teams have opened as odds-on favorites to make the 2019-20 NHL Playoffs in the Western Conference: Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis, Vegas and Winnipeg.

Odds to Make & Miss 2020 NHL Playoffs

Team Odds to Make Playoffs Odds to Miss Playoffs
Anaheim Ducks OFF OFF
Arizona Coyotes -250 +210
Calgary Flames -250 +210
Chicago Blackhawks +170 -200
Colorado Avalanche OFF OFF
Dallas Stars -800 +600
Edmonton Oilers -200 +170
Los Angeles Kings OFF OFF
Minnesota Wild +230 +230
Nashville Predators -140 +120
San Jose Sharks OFF OFF
St. Louis Blues OFF OFF
Vancouver Canucks -250 +210
 Vegas Golden Knights -280 +240
Winnipeg Jets OFF OFF

Odds updated Jan 28, 2020.


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