Updating NHL playoff standings

Thanks to some early start times, Sunday’s NHL program gives us another “all-day hockey” feeling, and it starts with arguably the best game of the day as the Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals at 6 p.m. 13:30 ET.

Although neither team has officially won a playoff spot yet, both appear to be well on their way; The Bruins are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and would play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, while the Caps hold the No. 2 wild card of the East and would take on the Florida Panthers. Boston has won the first two games of the season series (7-3 in DC on January 10 and 4-3 in Boston on January 20).

Later in the day, we’ll be keeping an eye on two other games of likely playoff teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Nashville Predators and the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Minnesota Wild.

As we enter the final piece of the regular season 2021-22, it’s time to check in on all the playoff races – along with the teams jockeying for the placement in the 2022 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via FiveThirtyEight. Tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matches
Today’s game
Last night’s scores
Extended position
Race for No. 1 choice

Current playoff matches

Eastern Conference

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

Western Conference

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


Today’s game

Note: All times eastern. All out of the market, non-TNT games available on ESPN +

Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins, at 16.00 (TNT)
Buffalo Sabers at Tampa Bay Lightning at. 17.00
Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild, at 17.00
Anaheim Ducks at Carolina Hurricanes, at
Dallas Stars at the Chicago Blackhawks at 19.00
Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators, at 19.30


Last night’s scoreboard

Watch In the Crease on ESPN + for highlights from each game.

New Jersey Devils 3, Dallas Stars 1
Washington Capitals 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Florida Panthers 4, Nashville Predators 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT)
New York Rangers 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Calgary Flames 4, Seattle Kraken 1
Anaheim Ducks 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3
St. Louis Blues 6, New York Islanders 1
Colorado Avalanche 2, Edmonton Oilers 1 (SO)
Vancouver Canucks 4, San Jose Sharks 2
Vegas Golden Knights 6, Arizona Coyotes 1


Extended position

Atlantic Division

Points: 108
The regulation wins: 38
Playoff Position: A1
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. ANA (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 100
The regulation wins: 40
Playoff Position: A2
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. BUF (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 95
The regulation wins: 35
Playoff Position: A3
Play back: 11
Next game: @ WSH (Sunday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 94
The regulation wins: 32
Playoff Position: WC1
Play back: 11
Next game: vs. BUF (Sunday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 66
The regulation wins: 17
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. OTT (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 63
The regulation wins: 20
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 9
Next game: @ TB (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 58
The regulation wins: 22
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 11
Next game: vs. WPG (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 51
The regulation wins: 14
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. WPG (Monday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Metropolitan Division

Points: 100
The regulation wins: 40
Playoff Position: M1
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. ANA (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 100
The regulation wins: 39
Playoff Position: M2
Play back: 9
Next game: vs. CAR (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 92
The regulation wins: 33
Playoff Position: M3
Play back: 9
Next game: vs. NSH (Sunday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 88
The regulation wins: 30
Playoff Position: WC2
Play back: 11
Next game: vs. BOS (Sunday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 75
The regulation wins: 31
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 11
Next game: vs. PIT (Tuesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 9

Points: 74
The regulation wins: 23
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 9
Next game: vs. MTL (Wednesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 4

Points: 57
The regulation wins: 18
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: @ WSH (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 56
The regulation wins: 17
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: @ ARI (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Central Division

Points: 110
The regulation wins: 42
Playoff Position: C1
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. LA (Wednesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 94
The regulation wins: 38
Playoff Position: C2
Play back: 10
Next game: @ BIM (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 92
The regulation wins: 31
Playoff Position: C3
Play back: 12
Next game: vs. LA (Sunday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 86
The regulation wins: 34
Playoff Position: WC1
Play back: 11
Next game: @ PIT (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 94%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 84
The regulation wins: 26
Playoff Position: WC2
Play back: 11
Next game: @ CHI (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 77%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 77
The regulation wins: 26
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: @ OTT (Sunday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 13

Points: 59
The regulation wins: 15
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 11
Next game: vs. DAL (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 49
The regulation wins: 16
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. NJ (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Pacific Division

Points: 97
The regulation wins: 39
Playoff Position: P1
Play back: 10
Next game: vs. SEA (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: > 99%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 90
The regulation wins: 33
Playoff Position: P2
Play back: 9
Next game: @ MIN (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 97%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 86
The regulation wins: 29
Playoff Position: P3
Play back: 9
Next game: @ MIN (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 70%
Tragic number: REACH

Points: 84
The regulation wins: 32
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 9
Next game: @ VAN (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 53%
Tragic number: 18

Points: 80
The regulation wins: 29
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 9
Next game: vs. URC (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 9%
Tragic number: 14

Points: 70
The regulation wins: 20
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 9
Next game: @ CAR (Sunday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 4

Points: 67
The regulation wins: 20
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 11
Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 5

Points: 52
The regulation wins: 20
Playoff Position: REACH
Play back: 10
Next game: @ CGY (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Race for No. 1 choice

The NHL uses a draft lottery to determine the order at the top of the first round, so the team that finishes in last place is not guaranteed No. 1 pick. From 2021, a team may move up by a maximum of 10 places if it wins in the lottery, so that only 11 teams are eligible for the draw for election No. 1. Full details of the process can be found here.

Points: 49
The regulation wins: 16

Points: 51
The regulation wins: 14

Points: 52
The regulation wins: 20

Points: 56
The regulation wins: 17

Points: 57
The regulation wins: 18

Points: 58
The regulation wins: 22

Points: 59
The regulation wins: 15

Points: 63
The regulation wins: 20

Points: 66
The regulation wins: 17

Points: 67
The regulation wins: 20

Points: 70
The regulation wins: 20

Points: 74
The regulation wins: 23

Points: 75
The regulation wins: 31

Points: 77
The regulation wins: 26

Points: 80
The regulation wins: 29

Points: 84
The regulation wins: 32

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