NHL Betting Predictions for the 2023 NHL Playoffs in Week 24: Clinched Teams and WildCards

NHL Betting Predictions for the 2023 NHL Playoffs in Week 24: Clinched Teams and WildCards

Last week, we took a look at the NHL playoff situation with 3 weeks to go. Things and NHL odds have changed a little since then, so we thought it might be a good idea to update things as we head into the final two weeks. Over the last 7 days, we have seen a few more teams clinch their spot in the postseason, plus we have seen the Wild Card situation tighten up dramatically. We probably won’t know the final seedings in either conference until the final game of the regular season has been played, but we can take a look at things as they are now and try to make some projections. With all of that in mind, lets take a closer look at each conference to see how things might play out.


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Eastern Conference

Time is running out for the teams still battling for playoff spots, as there are now only 3 spots remaining, with 5 places already filled. What we do know for sure is that the Boston Bruins will be in as the #1 seed in the East, as well as the President’s Trophy winners. Beyond that, things are still somewhat open.

The Maple Leafs have clinched their spot, as they are 2nd in the Atlantic Conference, 5 points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 3rd. Tampa is very much on the brink of clinching that 3rd place spot and avoiding the Wild Card. One more win should probably be enough for them to seal their postseason spot.

The top 3 spots in the Metropolitan Division are locked and loaded, but the race for the top spot is still alive. The Carolina Hurricanes are leading the way with 103 points, but the New Jersey Devils are just 3 points back. The New York Rangers may well have lost their chance at winning the division, but they have sealed at least the #3 spot in the Metropolitan.

The Islanders and Penguins are holding down the Wild Card spots, with the Florida Panthers the team most likely to catch them.

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Western Conference

Things are not quite as predictable in the Western Conference, as we have yet to see any team clinch a playoff spot. The top 3 teams in the Central Division – the Wild, Avalanche, and Stars, are all separated by a single point, so good luck figuring out who will emerge as the division champion. Those 3 teams look like a good bet to finish in the top 3, though.

It is the same story in the Pacific Division, with the Golden Knights, Kings, and Oilers all separated by just 2 points. Again, all 3 teams look safe and should clinch their spots sooner rather than later. The Kings are finishing strong and might well be a good bet to end up on top of the Pacific.

Right now, the Seattle Kraken and Winnipeg Jets are in the Wild Card spots, but they have a pair of teams -the Flames and Predators breathing down their neck. The Kraken look to be in trouble, as they are falling apart late, which could open the door for the Calgary Flames, who have win 2 in a row, including a huge win over the LA Kings last nigh.

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