NHL playoff watch standings updates

Some rivalries in NHL last for decades. Boston BruinsMontreal Canadiens, Chicago BlackhawksDetroit Red Wings, New York RangersNew York Islanders, etc. However, some of the most terrifying players in the league have emerged more recently, like the one between the Florida PanthersAnd Tampa Bay Lightning.

Although the two Florida teams might seem like natural rivals at first glance, the clubs haven't reached their peak competitive cycles together until the last few seasons. Their games are now a must-watch for hockey fans. This includes the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs' first round series, as well as tonight's game.7 ET, ESPN+ and Hulu).

Both clubs are playoff bound and this could be a preview to a second-round matchup, if the Panthers win the East's 2nd wild card (currently, the). Washington Capitals), and the Lightning take care of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, we are certain that nobody will be thinking so far ahead as their counterparts on the other end of the ice tonight.

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.

Notable: Playoff opportunities are via FiveThirtyEight. Tragic numbers are the result of Damian EchevarrietaNHL

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Friday's games
Thursday 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 non-TNT, out-of-market games available to stream on ESPN+.

Detroit Red Wingsat New Jersey Devils, 1 p.m.
Carolina Hurricanesat New York Islanders, 1 p.m.
Edmonton Oilersat Columbus Blue Jackets, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguinsat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 p.m. (TNT)
Tampa Bay LightningAt Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. (ESPN+, Hulu)
Toronto Maple LeafsAt Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (ESPN+, Hulu)
Colorado Avalancheat Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m.
Boston Bruinsat Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Minnesota Wildat Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.
St. Louis Bluesat Anaheim Ducks, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose Sharksat Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m.


Scoreboard for last night

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

Buffalo Sabres 5, New York Islanders 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 7, Detroit Red Wings 2
Carolina Hurricanes 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)
Boston Bruins 3, New York Rangers 1
Ottawa Senators 6, Montreal Canadiens 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Nashville Predators 2
Florida Panthers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (OT)
Dallas Stars 3, Seattle Kraken 2
San Jose Sharks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Calgary Flames 6, Vancouver Canucks 3
St. Louis Blues 5, Arizona Coyotes 4 (OT)
Los Angeles Kings 4, Anaheim Ducks 2


Expansion of standings

Notice: x = clinched playoff slot; y = division title; and z = best conference record;

Atlantic Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 120
Regulation wins 41
Playoff position A1
Games left: 4
Next gamevs. TB
Chances of winning the Playoffs 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 109
Regulation wins 43
Playoff position A2
Games left: 3
Next game@ WSH (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 104
Regulation wins 36
Playoff position A3
Games left: 4
Next gameFLA (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 101
Regulation wins 37
Playoff position WC1
Games left: 4
Next game@ MTL (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 73
Regulation wins 25
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 2
Next game @ BOS (Thursday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 70
Regulation wins 19
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next gameNJ (Sunday).
Chances for the playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 69
Regulation wins 25
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next gameNJ vs. NJ (Tuesday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 14
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next game vs. BOS (Sunday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE


Metropolitan Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 110
Regulation wins 44
Playoff position M1
Games left: 3
Next gameNYI (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 108
Regulation wins 43
Playoff position M2
Games left: 3
Next game vs. CAR (Tuesday).
Chances of winning the Playoffs 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 101
Regulation wins 36
Playoff position M3
Games left: 3
Next game@ PHI (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 99
Regulation wins 35
Playoff position WC2
Games left: 4
Next gamevs. TOR (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 80
Regulation wins 32
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next game vs. CAR (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 77
Regulation wins 24
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next gameEDM (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 62
Regulation wins 19
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next game vs. DET (Sunday)
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 59
Regulation wins 19
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next game vs. PIT (Sunday).
Chances for the playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE


Central Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 116
Regulation wins 45
Playoff position C1
Games left: 4
Next game@ WPG Sunday
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 107
Regulation wins 36
Playoff position C2
Games left: 4
Next game@ NSH (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 107
Regulation wins 42
Playoff position C3
Games left: 3
Next game@ ANA (Sunday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 93
Regulation wins 35
Playoff position WC1
Games left: 4
Next gamevs. MIN
Playoff possibilities: 95%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 93
Regulation wins 30
Playoff position WC2
Games left: 3
Next gamevs. VGK
Playoff possibilities: 85%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 81
Regulation wins 28
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next gamevs. COL (Sunday).
Chances for the playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 63
Regulation wins 15
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next gamePHI (Monday).
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 16
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next game@ MIN Tuesday
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE


Pacific Division

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 108
Regulation wins 44
Playoff position P1
Games left: 3
Next game@ NSH (Tuesday).
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 98
Regulation wins 37
Playoff position P2
Games left: 4
Next game@ CBJ Sunday
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 96
Regulation wins 34
Playoff position P3
Games left: 2
Next game @ SEA (Wednesday)
Chances of winning the Playoffs 99%
Tragic number N/A

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 89
Regulation wins 33
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next gameSJ (Sunday).
Chances of winning the Playoff: 21%
Tragic number 5

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 87
Regulation wins 31
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next gamevs. SEA Tuesday
Chances of winning the Playoffs
Tragic number 1

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 74
Regulation wins 22
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next game@ VGK
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 74
Regulation wins 21
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 3
Next gameSTL (Sunday) vs. STL
Chances of winning the Playoff: 0%
Tragic numberE

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 58
Regulation wins 22
Playoff position N/A
Games left: 4
Next game@ VAN Tuesday
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic numberE


You can race for the No. The No. 1 pick

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 for the draw to win the No. 1 pick. Full details on the process can be found here. The 2022 draft lottery will take place on May 10.

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 14

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 51
Regulation wins 16

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 58
Regulation wins 22

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 59
Regulation wins 19

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 62
Regulation wins 19

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 63
Regulation wins 15

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 69
Regulation wins 25

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 70
Regulation wins 19

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 73
Regulation wins 25

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 74
Regulation wins 21

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 74
Regulation wins 22

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 77
Regulation wins 24

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 80
Regulation wins 32

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 81
Regulation wins 28

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 87
Regulation wins 31

NHL playoff watch standings updates

Points: 89
Regulation wins 33

Notes on the impact of conditionally traded picks on the top 16

  • Chicago will pick Columbus's first-round selection if Chicago doesn’t win one of the two 2022 draft lottery draws. The pick will be deferred to 2023 if Chicago does not win either of the two draws in the 2022 draft lottery.

  • If Buffalo isn't among the top 10 picks, 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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