Check out the latest NHL Playoffs betting information for the 2021/22 season below.
NHL Odds to win the Stanley Cup
The odds to win the new Divisions, as well as the Stanley Cup 2022 odds and NHL playoff odds, are constantly changing so we’ll keep you updated as the bookmakers submit odds. The odds were last updated on June 16, 2022
|NHL Stanley Cup Winners Odds 2022||powerplay||SportsInteraction||bet99|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||2.50||2.60||2.50|
Canadian Stanley Cup Playoff Previews 2022
Three Canadian teams are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers, and all three teams have their pros and cons, and very different tiers of opponents. As you can imagine, Canada Sports Betting has you covered for coverage of all three series:
Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers Preview: Canada is guaranteed a team in the Western Conference Final this year, as a result of the famous “Battle of Alberta” coming to a head for the first time in over 30 years. Will this one go to the run-and-gun offensive dynamos in Edmonton, or the two-way, structured beats in Calgary? How will Jacob Markstrom and Mike Smith, who both had spectacular seven-game series in Round 1, hold up? Is Connor McDavid even human? We all of that in our preview, with some odds sprinkled in to help inform your decisions.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Preview: The Maple Leafs had their best regular season of the “Big 4” era, but concerns about their perpetual failures loom heading into round one – particularly with the back-to-back defending champs as their opponent. It’s a star-studded battle unlike any other in the NHL this season – we break down who our minds and hearts respectively see taking the series.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings Preview: In what veteran fans could describe as the “Gretzky Bowl”, this matchup involves the best player in the world, an other top five talent, and yet a real chance that the team that has both of them could be upset. Will the high-flying Oilers ride their thoroughbreds to the finish line, or will the two-way savvy Kings pull out one more run from their aging core to match their wins in 2012 and 2014?
Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars Preview: Perhaps the safest bet of these three, the Flames come in with an elite first line and one of the best overall teams in the league. They also see themselves up against an underwhelming Stars team, making them heavy favourites. As we mention in our coverage, however, Dallas could make this a little interesting, particularly if the big pieces from their 2020 run to the Stanley Cup Final catch fire one more time.
NHL Odds to make the Playoffs 2022
We all love betting on our favourite team to win. Unfortunately, we cannot always realistically hope that our team will win the Stanley Cup. This is where the NHL odds to make the playoffs come in. Here the bar is a bit lower, giving you more leeway to smartly bet on your team.
As the odds come out, you can check the table below for your team’s chances of making the NHL playoffs. It is a great option to consider, though these odds tend to come out later in the season than those for the Stanley Cup.
|Odds to Make NHL Playoffs||powerplay||SportsInteraction||bet99|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Vegas Golden Knights||TBA||TBA||TBA|
2022 NHL Playoff Teams
As the pandemic eases, the NHL is back to it’s regular season length and structure in 2021/22. With about ten games to go in the season, five teams have punched their ticket into the Stanley Cup Playoffs already with the other eleven soon to follow. The divisions, no longer separating out Canada and the United States due to Covid restrictions, look as follows:
Arguably the most top half / bottom half structured division in the NHL this season. The Atlantic features four teams considered to be Stanley Cup contenders with top-to-bottom depth, and four teams considered to be well into or just starting rebuilds. The difference between 4th and 5th in goal differential is an incredible 75 goals. The two packs in this group were decided early and with little doubt; the only real debate in a playoff sense has been the order of the four. Florida and Toronto were the first two in the division to clinch their spots, with the Panthers all but certain to claim the division. Tampa and Boston clinched close behind with two similarly incredible teams, while the bottom four are already looking towards next year.
Atlantic Division Playoff Teams 2021/22:
Clinched: Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins
Missed: Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators
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The Metropolitan Division, or the “Metro”, is a tricky one to explain. You have the Carolina Hurricanes on top – a well rounded team that was poised for 1st in the NHL until a recent slump, and then it starts to get a bit muddy. The New York Rangers are playing a bit above their means thanks to a Herculean season by goaltender Igor Shesterkin, and the veteran-led Penguins and Capitals are still kicking about as they try to get the last out the NHL’s previous generational talents (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on Pittsburgh, Alex Ovechkin on Washington, and each of their respective supporting casts).
The Islanders have recovered form a putrid start to their season but are unlikely to get back into the playoff picture, the Blue Jackets are comfortable with skipping this year’s dance, while Philadelphia and New Jersey have questions to ask themselves and answer on the transaction sheet to not be back in their 7th and 8th-seed spots next year, as both expected more from their groups.
Metropolitan Division Playoff teams 2021/22:
Clinched: Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Missed: New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils
There is a clear, shining star in the Central, and it’s the Colorado Avalanche. On paper, and in the regular season, this looks to be the best team they’ve put together since their 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup-winning core, with Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, and others leading the way. Many lines will tell you that they have the best Stanley Cup odds in the NHL right now, though that could change depending on the day. Minnesota and St. Louis have put up good cases to not be forgotten about as well, though, and both Nashville and Dallas joined them via the wildcards.
Below that block, the Chicago Blackhawks’ attempt to blast through off-ice controversy and get one last squeeze of life out of their dynastic core has failed miserably, and the Arizona Coyotes, well, they exist, with one of the league’s worst records and goal differentials and a roster that’s often described as a salary cap laundering exercise.
Central Division Playoff teams 2021/22:
Clinched: Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues. Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars (crossover to Pacific)
Missed: Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets
Likely the weakest division in the league, but within that comes a lot of the fun. The only team that most feel to be safely considered “strong” are the Calgary Flames, a group finally realizing their potential as a member of the elite class after years of expectation and failure to reach it. The Edmonton Oilers have caught up a fair bit since swapping out Head Coach Dave Tippett with newcomer Jay Woodcroft, however, and it’s hard to bet against a team with two of the best players in the world in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Below them, the rebuilding Los Angeles Kings made their first push back into the postseason.
At the bottom, the Vegas Golden Knights surprised many by not making the dance, while the Canucks surprised by how close they got to turning around an awful start – however, it was to no avail. The other two California teams in Anaheim and San Jose continue their turmoil windows, and the expansion Seattle Kraken prove to not have the same magic touch that Vegas did in year one.
Pacific Division Playoff teams 2021/22:
Clinched: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings,
Missed: Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Seattle Kraken