NHL Playoff Betting Guide

2020 NHL Playoff Betting Guide

Rejoice sports lovers and hockey fanatics in particular. While we still don’t have a set timetable, the NHL is clearly inching closer toward getting back in action at some point in the near future. Click here for updated Stanley Cup futures odds.

2020 NHL Playoff Betting Guide

The NHL announced it will forgo the remainder of the regular season while unveiling a revised, 24-team playoff structure that will allow a dozen teams from each conference (based on percentage points) into the postseason.

Stanley Cup Odds

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +570
  • Vegas Golden Knights +700
  • Boston Bruins +700
  • Colorado Avalanche +850
  • St. Louis Blues +1000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +1200
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
  • Washington Capitals +1300
  • Dallas Stars +1600
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +2000
  • Nashville Predators +3000
  • Edmonton Oilers +3000
  • Arizona Coyotes +3300
  • New York Rangers +3500
  • Minnesota Wild +4000
  • Carolina Hurricanes +4500
  • Chicago Blackhawks +4500
  • Calgary Flames +5000
  • Vancouver Canucks +5000
  • Winnipeg Jets +5000
  • Florida Panthers +5500
  • New York Islanders +6000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +6600
  • Montreal Canadiens +8500

Still, commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that there is no guarantee that the season will resume, even in its new format, which gives 24 teams a shot at hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy instead of the usual 16. According to Bettman, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association still need to iron out safety and health protocols, along with other issues, including where the games will be held.

Under the new format, the top four seeds in each conference, Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia in the East and St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas in the West — will square off in a pair of separate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The remaining 12 teams in each conference will be seeded by percentage points in order to play a best-of-five series. Here’s a look at each matchup by conference.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston Bruins vs. No. 4 Philadelphia Flyers

With 44 victories, the Bruins have the most wins in all of hockey. Boston has won an identical 22 games at home and on the road. The Flyers were one of the hottest teams in all of hockey when the season was suspended, having won 14 of their final 17 games just prior to the break.

No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 3 Washington Capitals

Prior to the break, the Lightning (43-21-5-1) were nipping at Boston’s heels for the top seed in the East, with 43 wins.

The Capitals (41-20-5-30) are one of the few teams in all of hockey with a winning record both, at home and on the road.

East Qualifying Round

No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins -200 vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens +170

The Penguins (40-23-6-0) were just one victory behind both, Philly and Washington at the break. The Canadiens (31-31-8-1) might be in the playoffs, but they have a losing record at home (14-17-6).

No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes -145 vs. No. 11 New York Rangers +125

The Hurricanes (38-25-5-0) have an identical 19 victories at home and on the road.

The Rangers (37-28-3-2) are also one of the few teams in the league with a winning record at home and on the road, not to mention they’ve gone a blistering 44-26 ATS this season.

No. 7 New York Islanders -110 vs. No. 10 Florida Panthers -110

The Islanders (35-23-7-3) have gone an impressive 20-9-5-1 at home.

The Panthers (35-26-4-4) have a winning record at home and on the road despite ranking a dismal 28th in goals allowed (3.2 gpg).

No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs -160 vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets +140

The Maple Leafs (36-25-4-5) have an identical 18 wins at home and on the road and rank a stellar third in scoring (3.4 gpg), but are just 29-41 ATS heading into the postseason. The Blue Jackets (33-22-11-4)

Western Conference

No. 1 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 4 Dallas Stars

The defending champion Blues have gone an insane 23-7-3-2 at home this season while ranking fifth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). The Stars have recorded a winning record at home and on the road, mostly because they rank a phenomenal second in goals allowed (2.5 gpg).

No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 Vegas Golden Knights

The Avalanche are tied with St. Louis for a conference-best 42 wins at the break. Colorado ranks a stupendous fourth in scoring (3.4 gpg) and sixth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). Vegas got hot just before the break, winning eight of their last 10 prior to the suspension. The Knights rank an identical 13th in scoring (3.2 gpg) and goals allowed (2.9 gpg).

West Qualifying Round

No. 5 Edmonton Oilers -150 vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks +130

The Oilers (37-25-7-2) are tied for the fourth most wins in the western Conference, mostly because they rank first on power play (29.5 %) and second in penalty killing (84.4%). The Blackhawks (32-30-4-4) were last in the Central Division, but reached the playoffs despite ranking a modest 18th in scoring (2.0 gpg) and 16th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg).

No. 6 Nashville Predators -135 vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes +115

The Predators (35-26-5-3) have put up – and allowed – an identical 3.1 goals per game to rank 16th in scoring and 21st in goals allowed. The Coyotes (33-29-4-4) rank a stellar third in goals allowed (2.6 gpg), but just 23rd in scoring (2.7 gpg).

No. 7 Vancouver Canucks -130 vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild +110

The Canucks (36-27-3-3) went an uninspiring 14-18-1-1 on the road while ranking eighth in scoring (3.2 gpg), but just 20th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). The Wild (35-27-4-3) have gone 19-11-2-3 at home while ranking a modest 12th in scoring (3.2 gpg) and 24th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg).

No. 8 Calgary Flames -125 vs. No. 9 Winnipeg Jets +105

The Flames (36-27-6-1) are one of just six teams with 20 or more road wins despite ranking an uninspiring 20th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and 17th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). The Jets (37-28-4-2) are ranked an encouraging 10th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg).

The new playoff format leaves Buffalo, New Jersey, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Ottawa and Detroit on the outside looking in.

More NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds

Eastern Conference Odds

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +330
  • Boston Bruins +360
  • Washington Capitals +575
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +600
  • Philadelphia Flyers +620
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
  • New York Rangers +1500
  • Carolina Hurricanes +1800
  • New York Islanders +2500
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +2800
  • Florida Panthers +3300
  • Montreal Canadiens +3500

Western Conference Odds

  • Vegas Golden Knights +315
  • Colorado Avalanche +340
  • St. Louis Blues +425
  • Dallas Stars +660
  • Edmonton Oilers +1200
  • Nashville Predators +1500
  • Arizona Coyotes +1500
  • Minnesota Wild +2000
  • Vancouver Canucks +2200
  • Calgary Flames +2200
  • Winnipeg Jets +2200
  • Chicago Blackhawks +2500

Stanley Cup Final Matchup Odds

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights +1750
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche +1865
  • Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights +1880
  • Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche +2005
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs St Louis Blues +2260
  • Boston Bruins vs St Louis Blues +2425
  • Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights +2875
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vegas Golden Knights +2975
  • Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche +3050
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Vegas Golden Knights +3075
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Colorado Avalanche +3175
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche +3275
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars +3400
  • Boston Bruins vs Dallas Stars +3650
  • Washington Capitals vs St Louis Blues +3700
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs St Louis Blues +3850
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs St Louis Blues +3950
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vegas Golden Knights +4750
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche +5100
  • Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars +5550
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars +5750
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers +5900
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Dallas Stars +5950
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs St Louis Blues +6100
  • Boston Bruins vs Edmonton Oilers +6350
  • New York Rangers vs Vegas Golden Knights +7300
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes +7600
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators +7600
  • New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche +7800
  • Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators +8200
  • Boston Bruins vs Arizona Coyotes +8200
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Vegas Golden Knights +8700
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars +9100
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche +9300
  • New York Rangers vs St Louis Blues +9400
  • Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers +9600
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild +10000
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Edmonton Oilers +10000
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Edmonton Oilers +10300
  • Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild +10800
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets +11000
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames +11000
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vancouver Canucks +11000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs St Louis Blues +11200
  • Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks +11800
  • Boston Bruins vs Calgary Flames +11800
  • Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets +11800
  • New York Islanders vs Vegas Golden Knights +12000
  • Washington Capitals vs Arizona Coyotes +12400
  • Washington Capitals vs Nashville Predators +12400
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks +12500
  • New York Islanders vs Colorado Avalanche +12800
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators +12900
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Arizona Coyotes +12900
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Nashville Predators +13300
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Arizona Coyotes +13300
  • Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks +13400
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights +13600
  • New York Rangers vs Dallas Stars +14000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche +14500
  • New York Islanders vs St Louis Blues +15300
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Edmonton Oilers +15800
  • Florida Panthers vs Vegas Golden Knights +16200
  • Washington Capitals vs Minnesota Wild +16300
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Dallas Stars +16700
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild +16900
  • Florida Panthers vs Colorado Avalanche +17300
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights +17300
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs St Louis Blues +17500
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild +17500
  • Washington Capitals vs Calgary Flames +17800
  • Washington Capitals vs Vancouver Canucks +17800
  • Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets +17800
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Colorado Avalanche +18500
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Calgary Flames +18600
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks +18600
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Winnipeg Jets +18600
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Winnipeg Jets +19100
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Vancouver Canucks +19100
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Calgary Flames +19100
  • Washington Capitals vs Chicago Blackhawks +20000
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators +20500
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Arizona Coyotes +20500
  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks +21000
  • Florida Panthers vs St Louis Blues +21000
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Chicago Blackhawks +21500
  • Montreal Canadiens vs St Louis Blues +22000
  • New York Islanders vs Dallas Stars +23000
  • New York Rangers vs Edmonton Oilers +24500
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars +26000
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Minnesota Wild +27000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Edmonton Oilers +29000
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks +29500
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets +29500
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames +29500
  • Florida Panthers vs Dallas Stars +31000
  • New York Rangers vs Arizona Coyotes +31500
  • New York Rangers vs Nashville Predators +31500
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks +33000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars +33500
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators +37500
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes +37500
  • New York Islanders vs Edmonton Oilers +39500
  • New York Rangers vs Minnesota Wild +41500
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Edmonton Oilers +45000
  • New York Rangers vs Calgary Flames +45500
  • New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks +45500
  • New York Rangers vs Winnipeg Jets +45500
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Minnesota Wild +49000
  • New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks +51000
  • New York Islanders vs Arizona Coyotes +51000
  • New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators +51000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Vancouver Canucks +54000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Winnipeg Jets +54000
  • Florida Panthers vs Edmonton Oilers +54000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Calgary Flames +54000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers +57000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators +59000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Arizona Coyotes +59000
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks +61000
  • New York Islanders vs Minnesota Wild +67000
  • Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators +70000
  • Florida Panthers vs Arizona Coyotes +70000
  • New York Islanders vs Calgary Flames +74000
  • New York Islanders vs Vancouver Canucks +74000
  • New York Islanders vs Winnipeg Jets +74000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Nashville Predators +75000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Arizona Coyotes +75000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild +77000
  • New York Islanders vs Chicago Blackhawks +84000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vancouver Canucks +85000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Calgary Flames +85000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Winnipeg Jets +85000
  • Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild +92000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks +96000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild +98000
  • Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames +100000
  • Florida Panthers vs Winnipeg Jets +100000
  • Florida Panthers vs Vancouver Canucks +100000
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames +107500
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks +107500
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets +107500
  • Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks +112500
  • Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks +122500