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Get your odds to make the playoffs for all 30 NHL teams

Sep 5, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers shakes hands with Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals after a 5-0 victory in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

Courtesy online sports book Bovada, listed below are the odds for all 30 NHL teams to make or miss the playoffs in 2013-14.

Anaheim Ducks
Yes -160 (5/8)
No +130 (13/10)

Boston Bruins
Yes -900 (1/9)
No +550 (11/2)

Buffalo Sabres
Yes +275 (11/4)
No -350 (2/7)

Calgary Flames
Yes +475 (19/4)
No -700 (1/7)

Carolina Hurricanes
Yes +220 (11/5)
No -280 (5/14)

Chicago Blackhawks
Yes -1000 (1/10)
No +600 (6/1)

Colorado Avalanche
Yes +180 (9/5)
No -225 (4/9)

Columbus Blue Jackets
Yes +250 (5/2)
No -325 (4/13)

Dallas Stars
Yes +180 (9/5)
No -225 (4/9)

Detroit Red Wings
Yes -700 (1/7)
No +475 (19/4)

Edmonton Oilers
Yes -130 (10/13)
No EVEN (1/1)

Florida Panthers
Yes +400 (4/1)
No -600 (1/6)

Los Angeles Kings
Yes -900 (1/9)
No +550 (11/2)

Minnesota Wild
Yes -250 (2/5)
No +200 (2/1)

Montreal Canadiens
Yes -175 (4/7)
No +140 (7/5)

Nashville Predators
Yes +275 (11/4)
No -350 (2/7)

New Jersey Devils
Yes +275 (11/4)
No -350 (2/7)

New York Islanders
Yes -140 (5/7)
No +110 (11/10)

New York Rangers
Yes -800 (1/8)
No +500 (5/1)

Ottawa Senators
Yes -140 (5/7)
No +110 (11/10)

Philadelphia Flyers
Yes -175 (4/7)
No +140 (7/5)

Phoenix Coyotes
Yes +240 (12/5)
No -300 (1/3)

Pittsburgh Penguins
Yes -1100 (1/11)
No +625 (25/4)

San Jose Sharks
Yes -550 (2/11)
No +375 (15/4)

St. Louis Blues
Yes -800 (1/8)
No +500 (5/1)

Tampa Bay Lightning
Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -130 (10/13)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Yes -220 (5/11)
No +175 (7/4)

Vancouver Canucks
Yes -700 (1/7)
No +475 (19/4)

Washington Capitals
Yes -280 (5/14)
No +220 (11/5)

Winnipeg Jets
Yes +375 (15/4)
No -550 (2/11)

Any of the above catch your eye? Toronto to miss at +175 looks tempting to this observer. As does Winnipeg to make at +375.

(Quick explanation on the odds, for those that requested below. A +175 line means a $100 wager stands to win $175. A -300 line means you’d need to risk $300 to win $100. So basically: + is underdog, – is favorite.)

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I don’t bet much, so idk if this was intended…. but what’s “Philadelphia Flyers Regular?”

    • Jason Brough - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      That’s a special kind of bet that…uhh…sorry, actually, it was a typo. Fixed now.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        to be honest, with all the sports betting lingo I don’t know, I was giving it 2:1 odds that it actually meant something. wait… is 2:1 good or bad? (joking there)

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I’ve never bet, suppose most others have not (betting on NHL games is only legal in Nevada officially).

    Could someone briefly explain what they mean or post a good link?

    • dchambers144 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      These are money line odds. In short a negative shows how much you need to bet to win $100. In the case of the Pens, if you bet they will make the playoffs, you need to bet $1,100 to win $100. Vice versa, if you bet $100 on them to miss the playoffs, you will win $625. These are called American odds.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Obviously it is not just an assessment of how good a team is relative to others, it’s designed to guarantee profits. Pretty obvious the teams with the large – #s are expected to make the playoffs, but 18 teams have a – and one even, so there is clearly some “games playing” going on.

  4. 950003cups - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’d put $100 on the Devils to win $275. They’re making the playoffs.

    • stakex - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Keep telling yourself that. It won’t make it true, but it might make you feel good until December.

    • dku5 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      NJ or CBJ are potential underdogs, but they are in a fierce division with Pitt, NYR, WAS and PHL.

      If you just want to pick a sleeper, stick with the West, with COL or DAL.

  5. eagles512 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Nashville +275

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    At those odds, Dallas looks fairly attractive – came close last year, made positive offseason moves, playing in the Central division, which has a big fall-off after the Hawks and Blues.

    • stepanup - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Agreed. The one that jumped off the page to me was Dallas to make the playoffs. They have solid goalkeeping, offensive talent, grinders, and an improved D-corps. Sounds like a 7 or 8 seed to me.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        However this year, with the divisional playoffs 1st, they are a likely 4th or 3rd seed in the Central. The only odd dynamic is with the new conference allignment and playoff rules, if the 5th best team in the Pacific has more points than the 4th best in the central, the 5 place Pacific division team makes the Central division playoffs. Crazy.

        I’m really hoping the NHL expands to 32 teams so we can have conferences and divisions with the same # of teams.

      • jnvrmind - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Just as a pure bet,not as a Stars fan .That was the one that jumped out at me as well.+ 180 is good odds,heck might need to see about a Bovada account.

  7. stepanup - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Also, +175 for Toronto to miss. Detroit, Boston, Ottawa, Rangers, Penguins, Capitals, Flyers (in no particular order) should be 7 of the playoff seeds. That leaves the Leafs to fight the Jackets, Montreal, the Hurricanes and the Islanders for the last spot.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      it’s tough for me to classify the Isles as that much of a question mark.

  8. jpelle82 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    so pittsburgh has the best chances of making the playoffs, imagine that. and what kind of crap is TB being EVEN?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Betting odds aren’t formed by any sort of analyst/professional opinion. They’re all about where money is being placed by your fellow gamblers. St. Louis won the Art Ross last year and Crosby is the single most discussed player in the league. It does NOT mean the Pens are the favorite to win the cup or Tampa is actually expected to make the playoffs. It’s an extremely misconstrued thought process about betting odds. Just because the Pens have the “Best odds” to win the Cup/make the playoffs/injure their entire roster doesn’t mean there is some sort of formula that is placing them as the team most likely to do that. It simply means the most money is being thrown in their direction by gamblers. It means that dumb gamblers who don’t watch hockey are looking at who the “best” players are and picking their teams to win. Hawks won the Cup and the Pens have Crosby and the longest consecutive active playoff streak in the NHL next to Detroit and both were #1 seeds last year. A quick google search would immediately point any heavy gambler in the direction of one of those 2 teams. But Tampa had the top 2 points earners in the league last year. Anybody who knows hockey knows their defense and goaltending leaves much to be desired, but a dumb gambler is just gonna see “Stamkos and St. Louis Top 2!” and put money on Tampa. That’s why Tampa has an “EVEN” rating.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        scratch that, Pens have the longest active streak next to Detroit and the Sharks. Sorry Sharks fans 😦 I got a little too excited and gave the Pens a little too much credit. oops!

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        good explaination, thanks

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:12 AM


        They rely on a heavily scientific formula that allows them to project what the expected point total will be for each team involved in a game.
        While that is a very basic way of putting it, it is very cumbersome process. Vegas uses tons of data on the player and teams to come to up with a conclusion on how a game will go. However, that “raw” outcome is not what they use to make a line.

        At their core, Vegas oddsmakers are looking to balance their books, meaning they want an equal amount of bets on each team. If they can accomplish that, they will make the vig, which is a guaranteed profit of 10-percent of all money bet on the losing team.
        However, sports oddsmakers are no different than a player who spends his time looking for edges. Because they are the final arbiter in making a line, an oddsmaker might add or deduct points from the sports betting line if they feel the public is willing to pay the inflated rate.

        The best example I can give is when the New York Giants played the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Our simulation line had the Patriots as a 9.5-point favorite, as did other computer based formulas and well known sports handicappers. However, Vegas knew that the Patriots were 18-0 and felt that they could inflate the point spread up to 13-points. The Patriots had not lost a game, beat the Giants four weeks earlier and it seemed very reasonable that the they would beat the Giants by two touchdowns.

        The fact that the Giants won the game has no meaning to my point. Oddsmakers rely on a unique algorithm to create a betting line for that game. Once they get that number for the spread, they then have the right to alter the line to make it more attractive to one side, or give them a statistical advantage based on the math.
        With NFL betting lines being the best in the business, the oddsmakers ability to add 3.5 points to the price it costs to bet on the favorite in the Super Bowl gave the house a tremendous advantage over the player. The knew the public would overpay and they did.

  9. pastabelly - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    No on Detroit looks interesting in a tough division.

  10. source7769 - Sep 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I’ll take the Isles for 500 alex

  11. yustasayin - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Looks to be about right…..the pros aren’t usually to far off. But homers and dreamers with rose colored glasses probably won’t agree.

  12. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    You get an interesting playoff bracket out of all this. Round 1 would look like this.

    Eastern Conf:
    Pittsburgh (1) vs Philadelphia (Wildcard 2)
    Boston (2) vs Montreal (Wildcard 1)
    NY Rangers vs Washington (Metro 2 vs 3)
    Detroit vs Toronto (Atlantic 2 vs 3)

    Western Conf:
    Chicago (1) vs Edmonton (Wildcard 2)
    Los Angeles (2) vs Anaheim (Wildcard 1)
    St Louis vs Minnesota (Central 2 vs 3)
    Vancouver vs San Jose (Pacific 2 vs 3)

    Some really good rivalries and rematches in there.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Thanks for putting the 1st round together, helps to see it in one view. Somehow this is skewed by their projection of how fans will bet. Not having the Islanders and especially the Senators does not look like it’s based on assessment of teams did last year, trends and roster changes. I’d also have Dallas in and Edmonton out.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        I agree, there’s a lot of weird rankings with these odds makers. Not sure I’d put the Isles and Sens behind Philly either. I’d even put Colorado with Dallas, ahead of Edmonton in west.

  13. bobcat110 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Rangers +500 and Red Wings +475 are intriguing to miss. Both barely made playoffs. Now with being in 16 team conference… good chance at least one misses. Also, good chance Blue Jackets push in. They had 3rd best record in NHL for 2nd half of season…only behind Chicago and Pittsburgh.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      There’s definitely something weird with the Eastern odds. There are 10 teams with a minus number, meaning they’re more likely to make it than not… Which doesn’t make a lick of sense… but I guess that’s how they make their money. Skew the odds so they don’t have to pay out as much.

      • cheliostwin - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Yes, the odds are skewed, they always are. That is how the house makes its money. They don’t care who wins, they just want to get the same amount of money bet on each side. That way they can pay off the winners and keep a nice percentage for themselves.

    • stakex - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      I certainly don’t think there is a good chance one of those teams will miss the playoffs.

      The Rangers made the playoffs by 5 points and were 6th in the East. Not sure I would consider that “barely” making it, and once there the Rangers made it to the second round. They looked in-effective against Boston sure, but Boston was on fire and even embarrassed the Pens in the next round. At the end of the day, as long as Lundqvist is healthy its hard to imagine the Rangers missing the playoffs.

      The Red Wings were indeed close to missing the playoffs, making it in by only a point. However they had a good playoff run, also making it to the second round and even taking a 3-1 lead on Chicago before Chicago bounced back. On top of that Detroit will also be in, arguably, a much easier division then they were in the West, which should help guarantee a playoff spot. It’s also worth noting that Detroit hasn’t missed the playoffs in over two decades (22 seasons to be exact)…. and while some would argue that just means they are due, I certainly wouldn’t bet against them.

      I do agree that there is a solid chance the Blue Jackets make it though.

      • bobcat110 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Here’s my thing though…the odds here have 10 teams favored to make the playoffs, but there are only 8 spots available and now 16 teams in the conference. I’d say the subtraction of Winnipeg combined with the addition of Detroit and a Columbus team that finally showed some life bumped up the competition level in the Eastern Conference considerably.

        The odds seem to have Bos(5.5/1), Pit(6.25/1), NYR(5/1) & DET (4.75/1) as sure things. While I wouldn’t bet against NYR/DET at near even odds, I think there’s enough structural change to the conferences moving two more competitive teams into the East and moving one lesser competitve team out that there’s some potential that the “sure things” don’t pan out. Of those four, NYR and DET seem clearly a bigger step below Pitt and Bos than the odds reflect. I could see DET/NYR battling each other for one of the last playoff spots. You place $100 on each team not to make the playoffs ($200 total bet), you only need one of them to miss the playoffs to win $475 or $500. If both happen to miss, you score $975.

  14. mattmc20 - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    It is obvious there are a lot of Eastern Conference fans on here. Seeing how many keep putting the Wings on the brink of not making the playoffs. They have an amazing record against Eastern Conference teams over past 5 years. They only got better over offseason. The defense is still a concern for me but offense and goaltending is world class. Not sure they take the top over Pens but having watched 50+ games last year including running Boston into the ground I would say no one should be surprised to see them finish in the 2-4 range in the Conference. To take bet against 23 in a row (barring a rash unforeseen injuries) would be a foolish waste of money.

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