Odds to make Playoffs (10/06/14)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Odds for each NHL team to make the playoffs in the 2014-15 season. Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.

The puck drops on the NHL season Wednesday, below are the odds for each team to participate in the postseason. Some teams are locks to have a good season and reach the playoffs, while others nonetheless optimistic at the start of year, are longshots.

The Chicago Blackhawks lost in Game 7 of the Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Kings but are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Hawks are also the most likely team to make the playoffs with -1100 odds. You would need to have greater than 91.7 percent confidence (which is 1100/(100+1100)) in Chicago playing in the postseason to place this wager.

The Bruins (-1000), Penguins (-850), Ducks (-800) and Blues (-800) round out the top five most likely teams to be skating in late April.

Buffalo, the worst team in our Power Rankings, has the longest odds at +400 to surprise in the Atlantic Division and make the playoffs in the East. If you agree with the bookmakers and think the Sabres won't reach the postseason, you can bet that too, Buffalo is -600 to extend its playoff drought to four straight seasons.

2014-15 NHL Playoff Odds
(Notes: Odds Needed is the confidence you need in order to place the wager)

Team Odds Odds Needed
Anaheim Ducks -800 88.9%
Arizona Coyotes +250 28.6%
Boston Bruins -1000 90.9%
Buffalo Sabres +400 20.0%
Calgary Flames +300 25.0%
Carolina Hurricanes +190 34.5%
Chicago Blackhawks -1100 91.7%
Colorado Avalanche -155 60.8%
Columbus Blue Jackets -135 57.4%
Dallas Stars -175 63.6%
Detroit Red Wings -170 63.0%
Edmonton Oilers +170 37.0%
Florida Panthers +250 28.6%
Los Angeles Kings -700 87.5%
Minnesota Wild -290 74.4%
Montreal Canadiens -250 71.4%
Nashville Predators +250 28.6%
New Jersey Devils -105 51.2%
New York Islanders -115 53.5%
New York Rangers -275 73.3%
Ottawa Senators +185 35.1%
Philadelphia Flyers -135 57.4%
Pittsburgh Penguins -850 89.5%
San Jose Sharks -300 75.0%
St. Louis Blues -800 88.9%
Tampa Bay Lightning -300 75.0%
Toronto Maple Leafs -105 51.2%
Vancouver Canucks +115 46.5%
Washington Capitals -130 56.5%
Winnipeg Jets +240 29.4%