Wednesday night will be the last of the NHL regular season action for a few days, as we will be heading into the All-Star Game this weekend. One thing that is always fun to do is look at the standing now and compare them with the standings at the end of the season. The second half of the season always seems to have a way of separating the contenders from the pretenders. Teams will make moves at the deadline that will change things dramatically, while others will see their form drift off as the season progresses. In short, the teams that are currently in playoff spots now might not be there once the regular season comes to a close. With that in mind, let’s look at a few teams currently sitting above or close to the playoff line who might well miss out on the postseason. Let’s get right to it so you can plan your bets against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
Teams That Will Not Make the Playoffs | NHL Betting
As it stands at the moment, the top 3 teams in the Atlantic Division – Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs – look to be a playoff lock. Things are a good deal tighter in the Metropolitan Division, with the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Rangers occupying the top 3 spots. It is that division where things could quickly change in the second half of the season.
There is a bit of a gap between the top 8 teams and the chasing pack, but there are also teams below the playoff line who have games in hand to the teams ahead of them. The one team that stands out here is the New York Islanders, who have played 8 fewer games than the team in the #7 spot, the Washington Capitals. While it is always better to have the points in the bag, the Islanders can make things very interesting in the second half. The Capitals are slumping right now and could well be caught coming down the stretch.
Things are not quite as clear cut here as they are in the Eastern Conference. The Colorado Avalanche are the cream of the crop in the West, as well as being the favorites to win it all. Given where they are at now in comparison to the teams below them, they would need a total collapse to miss out. Things are particularly tricky in the Pacific Division, which is where we are most likely to see the biggest changes.
The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers both have a ton of games in hand and are likely to move up once they make those games up. That should make life very uncomfortable for the LA Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. I think at least one of those two teams will miss out on the postseason. In the Central Division, I don’t see much in the way of change. The Avalanche will win the division, with the Wild, Blues, and Predators also likely to get in. The Dallas Stars seem the most likely to upset the apple cart and make a run, but I honestly don’t see it happening.