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The NHL season is finally underway! We're in for a fun six months of hockey, but before the season really gets going there's still the chance to make a futures bet or two.

One of the most interesting bets is which teams will miss the NHL playoffs.

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It's one thing to place a bet on who will make the playoffs, but it's a totally different animal to predict who's going to be bad. The dubious leader in the clubhouse is the Ottawa Senators at -1500, after trading star Erik Karlsson to the Sharks this offseason. The Senators are just two years removed from a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the rebuild has begun.

The other teams that are "favorites" to miss the playoffs are the Vancouver Canucks at -1050, the Detroit Red Wings at -850, the New York Rangers at -750 and the Arizona Coyotes at -550. All in all, there are 12 teams that are "favored" to miss the playoffs with odds ranging from -105 to -430 for the Sabres, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Canadiens, Devils and Islanders.

The teams with the smallest chance to miss the playoffs, according to the odds, are the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs at +650. Last year's Stanley Cup participants come in at +200 for Vegas and +250 for Washington. 

It's a rebuilding year for quite a few teams in the NHL and the odds represent that, but surely there will still be a surprise team somewhere on this list. Now we just have to figure out who that is.

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