NHL playoff watch standings updates

The following are available at all times: Dallas StarsThe Minnesota WildFace-off is a reminder of the time when the North Stars moved from Minnesota to Texas and the anger that followed. Fun fact: The Dallas Stars have played more regular-season games than the Minnesota North Stars.

This means that there is more heat for tonight's intradivisional clash of the two clubs (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Oh, and both teams have their sights set on 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

For the Wild, the fight continues to win home-ice edge in the No. 2 vs. No. Matchup against the St. Louis Blues. Currently, the Wild and St. Louis have 96 points each, while the Wild still have a game in their hands.

The Stars enter tonight's matchup with the West as the second wild card in the West, three points behind the others. Vegas Golden KnightsWith one game in hand, and one point behind the other Nashville PredatorsFor the first wild-card slot. It would be reasonable to assume that the first wild card is more weighty as it will mean a matchup against the Calgary FlamesIt is not the Colorado AvalancheIn the first round, however, the Stars defeated the Avs two to one. So perhaps they won't mind playing David against this years's Goliath.

As we approach the end of the 2021-22 regular-season, it's time for us to review all the playoff races and the teams that are vying for positions in the 2022 NHL draft lottery.

Take note: Playoff possibilities are via FiveThirtyEight. Tragic statistics are courtesy of Damian EchevarrietaNHL

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Today's games
Last night's scores
Expanded standings
Race for No. 1 pick

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

A1 Florida Panthers vs. WC2 Washington Capitals
A2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. A3 Tampa Bay Lightning
M1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC1 Boston Bruins
M2 New York Rangers vs. M3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

C1 Colorado Avalanche vs. WC2 Dallas Stars
C2 Minnesota Wild vs. C3 St. Louis Blues
P1 Calgary Flames vs. WC1 Nashville Predators
P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings


Today's games

Notice: All times Eastern. All out-of-market games available to stream on ESPN+.

Ottawa SenatorsAt Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.
St. Louis BluesAt Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.
Washington Capitalsat Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Anaheim Ducksat Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
New York Islandersat Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.
Detroit Red Wingsat Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m .(ESPN+)
Edmonton OilersAt Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.
Minnesota WildAt Dallas Stars, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
San Jose Sharksat Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.
New Jersey Devilsat Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knightsat Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.
Arizona Coyotesat Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.


Scoreboard from last night

You can watch In the Crease on ESPN+Highlights of every game.

New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Montreal Canadiens 1
Colorado Avalanche 9, Los Angeles Kings 3


Increased standings

Atlantic Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 110
Regulation wins 38
Playoff position A1
Games left: 9
Next gameWPG (Friday)
Chances of winning the Playoff: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 100
Regulation wins 40
Playoff position A2
Games left: 9
Next gameWSH (Thursday), vs.
Chances of winning the Playoffs 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 96
Regulation wins 33
Playoff position A3
Games left: 9
Next gamevs. ANA, Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoffs >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 95
Regulation wins 35
Playoff position WC1
Games left: 9
Next gamevs. OTT
Chances of winning the Playoffs >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 66
Regulation wins 17
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next game@ CAR (Thursday).
Chances for the playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 65
Regulation wins 21
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 7
Next gameSTL vs. SV (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 60
Regulation wins 23
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next game @ BOS (Thursday)
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 14
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next gameNYI (Friday)
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE


Metropolitan Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 104
Regulation wins 42
Playoff position M1
Games left: 8
Next game vs. DET (Thursday)
Chances for the playoff: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 102
Regulation wins 40
Playoff position M2
Games left: 7
Next game vs. DET (Saturday)
Chances of winning the Playoffs 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 95
Regulation wins 33
Playoff position M3
Games left: 7
Next gamevs. NYI
Chances of winning the Playoffs >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 92
Regulation wins 32
Playoff position WC2
Games left: 9
Next game@ TOR on Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoff: >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 77
Regulation wins 31
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 10
Next game@ PIT (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs
Tragic number 5

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 76
Regulation wins 24
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next gameLA (Saturday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs
Tragic number 1

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 58
Regulation wins 18
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next game@ COL Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 57
Regulation wins 18
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next game@ BUF (Saturday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE


Central Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 112
Regulation wins 43
Playoff position C1
Games left: 9
Next gameNJ vs. NJ (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 96
Regulation wins 33
Playoff position C2
Games left: 10
Next game@ DAL Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoffs >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 96
Regulation wins 39
Playoff position C3
Games left: 9
Next game@ BUF (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 89
Regulation wins 34
Playoff position WC1
Games left: 9
Next gameEDM vs. DM (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 97%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 88
Regulation wins 28
Playoff position WC2
Games left: 9
Next gamevs. MIN
Chances of winning the Playoffs 91%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 81
Regulation wins 28
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next gameFLA (Friday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs
Tragic number 9

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 59
Regulation wins 15
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next gameSJ (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 49
Regulation wins 16
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next game@ VAN Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE


Pacific Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 99
Regulation wins 40
Playoff position P1
Games left: 9
Next gamevs. VGK Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoffs >99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 90
Regulation wins 33
Playoff position P2
Games left: 8
Next game@ NSH (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 95%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 88
Regulation wins 30
Playoff position P3
Games left: 6
Next gameCBJ vs. SV (Saturday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 58%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 85
Regulation wins 32
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next game@ CGY, Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoff: 48%
Tragic number 13

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 82
Regulation wins 29
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 8
Next gamevs. ARI (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 10%
Tragic number 10

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 71
Regulation wins 20
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 7
Next game@ TB (Thursday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 68
Regulation wins 20
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 10
Next game@ CHI on Thursday
Chances of winning the Playoffs
Tragic number 1

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 52
Regulation wins 20
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 9
Next gameNJ vs. VT (Saturday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 0%
Tragic numberE


You can race for the No. Race for the No.

To determine the order in which the teams finish in the first round of the NHL draft lottery, the No. 1 selection is not guaranteed to the last-place team. 1 selection. If a team wins the lottery in 2021, it can move up a maximum 10 spots. This means that only 11 teams will be eligible to participate in the draw for No. 1 pick. Full details on the process can be found here.

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 49
Regulation wins 16

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 14

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 52
Regulation wins 20

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 57
Regulation wins 18

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 58
Regulation wins 18

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 59
Regulation wins 15

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 60
Regulation wins 23

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 65
Regulation wins 21

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 66
Regulation wins 17

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 68
Regulation wins 20

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 71
Regulation wins 20

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 76
Regulation wins 24

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 77
Regulation wins 31

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 81
Regulation wins 28

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 82
Regulation wins 29

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 85
Regulation wins 32

Notes about conditionally traded picks that impact the top 16

  • Chicago will pick Columbus's first-round selection if Chicago does NOT win one of the two 2022 draft lottery draws. The pick is deferred to 2023 in all other cases.

  • If Buffalo isn't among the top 10, Vegas will get Buffalo's first-round selection. The pick is deferred to 2023 if the pick falls outside of the top 10.


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