The first month and a half of NHL action has certainly delivered with nail-biting finishes, bitter rivalries, and spectacular plays across the league.
While some bettors may be shooting for the stars with our Stanley Cup odds, there is plenty of value to be found in each team's odds to make (or miss) the postseason.
The usual suspects command the NHL playoff odds table, as the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Huricanes, Vegas Golden Knights, and Boston Bruins all hold odds exceeding -1,000 to play past 82 games. Meanwhile, the New Jersey Devils continue to make waves across the league, winning all but one game in November.
With plenty of intriguing lines across the league, let's take a closer look at each team's odds to make the postseason:
Odds to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Interpreting the NHL odds below is simple. "Yes" means that a team will advance to the postseason (as a top-three team in the division or a wild card), while "No" means a team will miss the playoffs.
|Team||Odds to make playoffs (Yes)||Odds to make playoffs (No)|
|Colombus Blue Jackets||+1,550||-5,000|
|Detroit Red Wings||+265||-350|
|Los Angeles Kings||-200||+165|
|New Jersey Devils||-1,600||+925|
|New York Islanders||-155||+125|
|New York Rangers||-140||+110|
|San Jose Sharks||+2,000||-20,000|
|St. Louis Blues||+150||-180|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-650||+450|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-1400||+825|
|Las Vegas Golden Knights||-3,000||+1,425|
Odds courtesy of bet365 as of December 1, 2022.
Although some teams are too good (or too bad) for playoff uncertainty, there are still divisional seeds and wild card spots that are very much up for grabs. The Metropoitan Division, in particular, will see numerous teams jockeying for playoff position, as the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Washington Capitals all have considerably tight odds heading into the holiday season.
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Hottest/coldest NHL teams after November
The Toronto Maple Leafs had fans pulling out their hair at the beginning of the season, but look as though they have found their stride in late November. The Buds closed out the month with a five-game heater, including a 2-1 win that snapped a 13-game streak for the red-hot New Jersey Devils.
While Murray was solid in net, Toronto's most important player lately has been Mitch Marner, who is currently riding a franchise record-tying 19-game point streak. Auston Matthews has also picked up the pace after getting off to a slow start, and sits just two points behind Marner for the team lead with 27 points.
The Maple Leafs are finally starting to look like the team that is expected to dominate night-in and night-out, and their odds to make the playoffs have improved to -1,400 as a result.
Fighting for position in a competitive Metropolitan division, John Tortorella & Co. have discovered that it's not always sunny in Philadelphia.
The Flyers, a team expected to be in the Connor Bedard sweepstakes, started off the season exceeding all expectations, but have taken a nose-dive in November. Philly went 10 consecutive games without a win in November, and now finds itself in 14th place in the East.
Philadelphia's main concern in the offseason was the lack of offensive talent, and for good reason, as the Flyers rank dead last in the NHL in goals-for per game, avergaing just 2.43. An utter inability to score combined with mediocre defensive play has caused Philly's odds to make the postseason to lengthen from +500 to +1,125 in just two dreadful weeks.
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NHL Playoffs 2022 Format
The Stanley Cup Playoffs feature 16 teams, including eight from each conference. The playoffs consist of four rounds of best-of seven series in which teams must win four games to advance.
The top three teams from each division automatically qualify for the playoffs. The remaining teams compete among the other teams in their conference for wild card positions, of which there are two in the East and two in the West.
The top team in each division face the two wild card teams in the first round, while the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds play divisional matchups. With eight teams advancing to the second round, the bracket continues until the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Champions meet in the Stanley Cup Final.
NHL Playoff Odds FAQs
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, and defending champion Colorado Avalanche are the biggest favorites.
The Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and Arizona Coyotes are all +1,500 (or higher) to see postseason action.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs feature 16 teams (eight from each conference), with the top three teams in each division automatically qualifying.