NHL Playoff Standings Update

As we reach the first full week of April and the final weeks of the 2021-22 NHL season, two particular playoff runs have been the hottest: the near-daily flip of the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars for the second wildcard in the Western Conference and non-Florida Panthers clubs that are tied to the Atlantic Division playoffs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins all played on Monday – the top two facing each other – and heading into tonight, the Maple Leafs are two points ahead of the other two teams, with 95 points. In terms of tiebreakers, the Maple Leafs have 39, the Bruins 35 and the Lightning 32, so right now the Bruins sit in third place in the division, with the Lightning in the No.

There’s another example of every game in those bottom three: April 8 is Lightning-Bruins; April 21 is the final Lightning-Maple Leafs game; and the Bruins and Leafs face off on the final day of the regular season, April 29. Those contests aside, the Lightning schedule features fewer playoff teams than others; six of 13 for Tampa Bay versus seven of 13 for Toronto and nine of 13 for Boston. How is it all going to fall apart? We will be watching closely.

As we enter the home stretch of the 2021-22 regular season, it’s time to check out all the playoff runs — plus the teams vying for a spot in the 2022 NHL Draft lottery.

Note: Odds of making the playoffs go through FiveThirtyEight. The tragic numbers are courtesy of Damien Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matches
Today’s games
Last night’s scores
Expanded ranking
Race for the No. 1 pick

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 Vegas Golden Knights
C2 Minnesota Wild vs. C3 St. Louis Blues
P1 Calgary Flames vs. WC1 Nashville Predators
Los Angeles P2 Kings vs. Edmonton P3 Oilers


Today’s games

Note: All times Eastern. All off-market games available on ESPN+

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.
Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.
New York Islanders at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.


Last night’s scoreboard

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

Boston Bruins 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (OT)
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
St. Louis Blues 5, Arizona Coyotes 1
Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 2


Expanded ranking

Atlantic Division

Points: 102
The settlement wins: 36
Position in Playoff: A1
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. TOR (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 100%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 95
The settlement wins: 39
Position in Playoff: A2
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @ FLA (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 93
The settlement wins: 35
Position in Playoff: A3
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @ DET (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 93
The settlement wins: 32
Position in Playoff: WC1
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @WSH (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 61
The settlement wins: 19
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 12
Next game: vs CAR (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 2

Points: 61
The settlement wins: 15
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. BOS (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 3

Points: 56
The settlement wins: 21
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 14
Next game: @ MTL (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 1

Points: 49
The settlement wins: 13
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. OTT (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 0%
Tragic number: E


Metropolitan Division

Points: 98
The settlement wins: 39
Position in Playoff: M1
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @ BUF (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 94
The settlement wins: 36
Position in Playoff: M2
Games remaining: 12
Next game: @ NJ (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 92
The settlement wins: 33
Position in Playoff: M3
Games remaining: 12
Next game: vs. COL (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 84
The settlement wins: 28
Position in Playoff: WC2
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs TB (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 96%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 73
The settlement wins: 30
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 14
Next game: @ DAL (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 3%
Tragic number: 17

Points: 70
The settlement wins: 22
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 12
Next game: @ PHI (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: ten

Points: 55
The settlement wins: 17
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. CBJ (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 54
The settlement wins: 16
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. NYR (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 0%
Tragic number: E


Central Division

Points: 104
The settlement wins: 41
Position in Playoff: C1
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @ PIT (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 91
The settlement wins: 31
Position in Playoff: C2
Games remaining: 14
Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 88
The settlement wins: 36
Position in Playoff: C3
Games remaining: 13
Next game: vs. SEA (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 82
The settlement wins: 32
Position in Playoff: WC1
Games remaining: 14
Next game: vs. MIN (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 87%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 81
The settlement wins: 25
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 14
Next game: vs. NYI (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 80%
Tragic number: 27

Points: 76
The settlement wins: 26
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 12
Next game: vs. DET (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 2%
Tragic number: 18

Points: 59
The settlement wins: 15
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 12
Next game: against SEA (Thursday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 1

Points: 49
The settlement wins: 16
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game:
Opportunities in the playoffs: 0%
Tragic number: E


Pacific Department

Points: 91
The settlement wins: 36
Position in Playoff: P1
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @ ANA (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: >99%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 86
The settlement wins: 29
Position in Playoff: P2
Games remaining: ten
Next game: vs. EDM (Thursday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 79%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 85
The settlement wins: 32
Position in Playoff: P3
Games remaining: 12
Next game: @SJ (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 88%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 82
The settlement wins: 31
Position in Playoff: WC2
Games remaining: 11
Next game: vs VAN (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 63%
Tragic number: N / A

Points: 74
The settlement wins: 26
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 12
Next game: @VGK (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 2%
Tragic number: 16

Points: 68
The settlement wins: 19
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 11
Next game: vs. CGY (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 8

Points: 66
The settlement wins: 20
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 14
Next game: vs. EDM (Tuesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs:
Tragic number: 12

Points: 50
The settlement wins: 19
Position in Playoff: N / A
Games remaining: 13
Next game: @STL (Wednesday)
Opportunities in the playoffs: 0%
Tragic number: E


Race for the No. 1 pick

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 the No. 1 selection. Starting in 2021, a team can move up a maximum of 10 places if it wins the lottery, so only 11 teams are eligible for the No. 1 pick draw. Full details on the process can be found here.

Points: 49
The settlement wins: 13

Points: 49
The settlement wins: 16

Points: 50
The settlement wins: 19

Points: 54
The settlement wins: 16

Points: 55
The settlement wins: 17

Points: 56
The settlement wins: 21

Points: 59
The settlement wins: 15

Points: 61
The settlement wins: 15

Points: 61
The settlement wins: 19

Points: 66
The settlement wins: 20

Points: 68
The settlement wins: 19

Points: 70
The settlement wins: 22

Points: 73
The settlement wins: 30

Points: 74
The settlement wins: 26

Points: 76
The settlement wins: 26

Points: 81
The settlement wins: 25

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