NHL Playoff Futures: Which Teams Will Make the Postseason?

  • BetOnline allows you to wager on what NHL clubs will make and miss the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • The Winnipeg Jets (+170) are among the teams that could land a surprise postseason berth
  • Vegas is at +250 to fall short of the playoffs despite missing them just last year

Sixteen of the National Hockey League’s 32 teams will compete in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three from each of the NHL’s four divisions (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific) with two wild-card spots in both the Eastern and Western Conference.

Let’s look at what contenders and pretenders will make and miss the postseason this year, with the start of a new hockey season just weeks away. Here’s also where you can find the best Stanley Cup betting sites and the top betting sites for NHL hockey in 2022-23.

To Make NHL Playoffs

Anaheim Ducks+450-700
Arizona Coyotes+1800-5000
Boston Bruins-170+140
Buffalo Sabres+375-550
Calgary Flames-450+325
Carolina Hurricanes-800+500
Chicago Blackhawks+1800-5000
Colorado Avalanche-3300+400
Columbus Blue Jackets+400-600
Dallas Stars-145+115
Detroit Red Wings+275-350
Edmonton Oilers-700+450
Florida Panthers-750+475
Los Angeles Kings-190+155
Minnesota Wild-400+300
Montreal Canadiens+1400-3300
Nashville Predators-190+155
New Jersey Devils+175-215
New York Islanders-155+125
New York Rangers-290+230
Ottawa Senators+210-270
Philadelphia Flyers+600-1000
Pittsburgh Penguins-450+325
San Jose Sharks+700-1400
Seattle Kraken+325-450
St. Louis Blues-190+155
Tampa Bay Lightning-700-450
Toronto Maple Leafs-1000+600
Vancouver Canucks-105-125
Vegas Golden Knights-325+250
Washington Capitals-145+115
Winnipeg Jets+170-210

Surprise playoff teams

Winnipeg Jets to earn a postseason berth (+170). The news cycle has been all negative in Manitoba after veteran forward Blake Wheeler was stripped of the captaincy earlier this month. However, Rick Bowness deserves the benefit of the doubt given he’s been coaching in the league for almost 40 years. The Jets’ new bench boss led Dallas into the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019-20 and secured playoff spots for the Stars in each of the past two seasons. 

Winnipeg also has one of the best tenders in the league in Connor Hellebuyck and tons of talent with Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois at centre ice and Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers sniping goals from the wing.

Columbus Blue Jackets to make postseason (+400). This is obviously a longshot as Brad Larsen’s club finished 19 points out of a playoff spot in 2021-21. However, the team now has play-making winger Johnny Gaudreau to pair with dynamic sniper Patrik Laine. Ideally, CBJ can trade one of their many wingers for help on the defensive end, with not many quality options after Zach Werenski.

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Best bets to miss the postseason

Vegas Golden Knights to miss the playoffs (+250). These are incredible odds considering the franchise failed to make the postseason just last year. While former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could help matters, this team has more question marks than Vegas has lap dancers. Goaltender Robin Lehner will miss the season following a hip surgery, captain Mark Stone just had surgery on his back, and center Jack Eichel has done nothing but lose his entire career.

New York Islanders (+125) or Washington Capitals (+115) to miss the dance. The depth of the Atlantic division (Tampa Bay, Toronto, Florida, Boston, etc.) means at least one of these Metropolitan clubs will fail to secure a wild-card berth.  Washington will be without headhunter Tom Wilson for the first few months of the year following knee surgery. And Nicklas Backstrom will miss even more time than that after offseason hip surgery.

Meanwhile, after finishing 16 points behind the Caps in 2021-22, the only real change on Long Island was the firing of respected hockey man Barry Trotz. On a team with an absence of talent up front, will head coach Lane Lambert really make that much of a difference?

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