Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

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It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally).

Bovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights.

Here are a few that stand out, with the full list at the bottom of this post.

  • Defending champion Chicago Blackhawks are deemed most likely to make it, despite an off-season full of change and some turmoil.
  • The Arizona Coyotes are the longest shots. It’s been some time since they made it, yet of those lower-ranked teams, they seem like an interesting dark horse, right? Maybe?
  • The San Jose Sharks face even odds. Innnteresting.
  • The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have the same odds. Cute, they are probably best buds.
  • Unsolicited opinion: the best run of odds go to that span that features the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings. The Islanders seem like an especially solid bet … for entertainment purposes only, of course.

Want to ponder your own team’s gambling chances? Here you go.

Playoff Odds (From Most Likely to make the playoffs to least likely to make the playoffs)

Chicago Blackhawks – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -1100 (1/11)

No +625 (4/25)

New York Rangers – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -1000 (1/10)

No +600 (6/1)

Tampa Bay Lightning – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -850 (17/2)

No +525 (21/4)

Anaheim Ducks – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -800 (1/8)

No +500 (5/1)

Los Angeles Kings – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -800 (1/8)

No +500 (5/1)

Pittsburgh Penguins – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -800 (1/8)

No +500 (5/1)

St Louis Blues – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -300 (1/3)

No +240 (12/5)

Minnesota Wild – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -280 (5/14)

No +220 (11/5)

Montreal Canadiens – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -280 (5/14)

No +220 (11/5)

Washington Capitals – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -280 (5/14)

No +220 (12/4)

Nashville Predators – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -250 (2/5)

No +200 (2/1)

Boston Bruins – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -200 (1/2)

No +160 (8/5)

Columbus Blue Jackets – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -170 (10/17)

No +140 (7/5)

New York Islanders – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -170 (10/17)

No +140 (7/5)

Dallas Stars – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -150 (2/3)

No +120 (6/5)

Detroit Red Wings – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -135 (20/27)

No +105 (21/20)

Edmonton Oilers – To make the Playoffs?

Yes -130 (10/13)

No EVEN (1/1)

San Jose Sharks – To make the Playoffs?

Yes EVEN (1/1)

No -130 (10/13)

Winnipeg Jets – To make the Playoffs?

Yes EVEN (1/1)

No -130 (10/13)

Ottawa Senators – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +120 (6/5)

No -150 (2/3)

Calgary Flames – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +130 (13/10))

No -160 (5/8)

Vancouver Canucks – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +150 (3/2)

No -180 (5/9)

Florida Panthers – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +200 (2/1)

No -240 (5/12)

Colorado Avalanche – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +250 (5/2)

No -325 (4/13)

Philadelphia Flyers – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +250 (5/2)

No -325 (4/13)

Toronto Maple Leafs – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +250 (5/2)

No -325 (4/13)

Buffalo Sabres – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +275 (11/4)

No -350 (2/7)

New Jersey Devils – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +275 (11/4)

No -350 (2/7)

Carolina Hurricanes – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +300 (3/1)

No -400 (1/4)

Arizona Coyotes – To make the Playoffs?

Yes +400 (4/1)

No -600 (1/6)

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.