The NHL Playoffs mark the beginning of the leagues’ postseason games, leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals. The best NHL playoffs bets are available during this period, as the best NHL teams do battle for the top prize. These teams qualified from the NHL regular season. NHL playoff betting odds are available throughout the year, with futures on teams to make it and a range of other interesting NHL prop betting options.



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Odds to make the NHL Playoffs

Vegas odds for the NHL Playoffs always draw in international attention, as this is when the elite teams finally get to turn up the heat. It’s not uncommon for the top teams to cruise during the regular season, then when things matter to go up a gear. Stanley Cup Playoff odds and NHL Playoff odds are usually dominated by the same teams. But, with the way the league has evolved over the years, we’re seeing a lot more unexpected teams emerging at the top of the pile.

The odds to make the NHL Playoffs are currently unavailable. However, we do have the Stanley Cup betting odds. The NHL odds are available from the very best sportsbooks and were last updated on October 15, 2021: 

NHL Stanley Cup Winners Odds 2022BovadaBetOnlineBetUS
Colorado Avalanche+450+400+400
Tampa Bay Lightning+575+500+500
Vegas Golden Knights+650+750+750
Boston Bruins+1400+1200+1200
Toronto Maple Leafs+1100+1200+1200
Florida Panthers+1800+2000+2000
Montreal Canadiens+2800+4000+4000
New York Islanders+1700+1800+1800
Washington Capitals+2500+2500+2500
Edmonton Oilers+2200+2200+2200

How to bet on the NHL Playoffs

In terms of NHL odds to make the Playoffs, there is a range of options beyond the straight bets. NHL Playoff odds in 2022 will offer bettors a range of markets, which will vary from one bookmaker to the next. Before committing to one sportsbook for your odds of making the NHL Playoffs, shop around and find the right bookmaker to suit your wagering desires.

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NHL Playoffs Moneyline

The moneyline is the most popular betting line for any sport at any sportsbook. It’s simply wagering one of the teams you think will win. The odds are based on a favorite (+) and an underdog (-). The odds may be displayed something like this:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (-110)
  • Detroit Red Wings (+950)

These odds show a strong chance that the Tampa Bay Lightning will come away with the win in this fixture. The odds are so heavily in favor of the Lightning, there is little value in the moneyline here.

NHL Playoffs Over/under

For experienced bettors, the over/under is the go-to betting line. Bettors will have the option to wager on whether the game’s total score will finish over or under a certain figure set by the bookmaker. As well as the total score, bettors will have the option to stake on the over/under for total team score and sometimes even player scores.

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NHL Playoffs Parlays

Parlay bets are just another way of adding some colour to a simple moneyline wager. For the NHL Playoffs, we’d advise taking a look at your favorite bookmaker, better yet a range of different bookmakers, and finding the best parlay odds for the wager you want. While its parlay odds won’t vary wildly from one bookmaker to the next, there will always be a difference.

NHL Playoffs Futures

In terms of futures, NHL odds of making playoffs in the market that is most popular. Many sportsbooks will offer a list of teams that are likely to reach the postseason with odds to reflect their quality. Take for example the Tampa Bay Lightning, back-to-back Stanley Cup winners, they will begin the season with a very good chance of making it to the playoffs. In contrast, the Detroit Red Wings will have outside odds of making it.

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NHL Playoffs Prop Betting

As always, prop betting markets are some of the most entertaining odds available. Whether it be the NFL or the NHL, prop betting markets can add a little more to your viewing experience. NHL Playoff props may be based on team stats, player stats, how far a certain team will go, and the list goes on. Be sure to check out the props in your favorite sportsbook.

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Which are the best teams in the NHL?

This is a subjective question, but there are also some cold hard facts regarding team performance in recent seasons. While we cannot tell our readers accurately which teams will be the best in the coming season, we can certainly point them in the right direction. Here are probably the top 5 teams in the league right now:

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals