NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs

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The NHL’s 2021 season is winding down, although the official end date of the season is still undetermined. As of now, the last regular-season game is scheduled for May 19, when the Flames host the Canucks.

Regardless of when things officially end and when the playoffs officially begin, the playoffs races are heating up as a number of teams remain in the hunt. With teams only playing opponents in their own division, each game creates a four-point swing and there’s a good chance positioning won’t be decided till the divisions wrap up their games.

Unlike in previous years, this season four teams will advance from each of the four divisions, with the top seed facing the fourth seed and No. 2 taking on No. 3. The winners will then face off before the champs of each division meet in the semifinals.

Here’s how the 2021 Stanley Cup playoff bracket looks at this very minute.

Last updated: 11:44 p.m. ET on May 3.

All probabilities from Sports Club Stats.

NHL playoff standings 2021

East Division

1. Washington Capitals (69 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: NYR, PHI (2), BOS
Points percentage: .683
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Capitals won to move back into first on May 3.

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2. Pittsburgh Penguins (71 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: PHI, BUF (2)
Points percentage: .670
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Penguins lost Monday night to the Flyers in Evgeni Malkin’s first game since March 16.

3. Boston Bruins (68 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: NJD, NYR (2), NYI, WSH
Points percentage: .667
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Bruins shut out the Devils Monday to not only clinch a playoff spot but pass the Isles in the standings.

4. New York Islanders (67 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: BUF, NJD (2), BOS
Points percentage: .644
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Islanders lost to the Sabres 4-2 on Monday.

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Officially eliminated from contention: New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (72 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: MTL, VAN, OTT, WPG
Points percentage: .692
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

It’s looking more and more likely the Maple Leafs will win the organization’s first division title since 2000.

2. Edmonton Oilers (62 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: VAN (5), MTL (2)
Points percentage: .633
Playoff probability: 100%

The Oilers won the final Battle of Alberta and, most likely, sent the Flames golfing.

3. Winnipeg Jets (57 points, 21 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: OTT, CGY, VAN (2), TOR
Points percentage: .559
Playoff probability: 100%

Winnipeg has lost seven straight.

4. Montreal Canadiens (57 points, 20 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: TOR (2), OTT, EDM (2)
Points percentage: .559
Playoff probability: 97.5%

Cole Caufield: Three NHL games. Two NHL goals. Two overtime game-winners.

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5. Calgary Flames (47 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: WPG, OTT, VAN (4)
Points percentage: .470
Playoff probability: 2.4%

With a Flames loss and a Canadiens win, it’s looking as if the Flames will be hitting the links soon.

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6. Vancouver Canucks (41 points, 13 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Remaining opponents: EDM (5), WPG (2), CGY (4)
Points percentage: .456
Playoff probability: 0.2%

Ottawa is actually ahead of the Canucks in the standings by four points.

Officially eliminated from contention: Ottawa Senators

Central Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes (77 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: CHI (2), NSH (2)
Points percentage: .740
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

With games in hand, it’s likely the Canes will take the top spot.

2. Florida Panthers (75 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: TBL (2)
Points percentage: .694
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Panthers won in overtime on Monday against the Stars.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (73 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: DAL (2), FLA (2)
Points percentage: .702
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The defending champs are officially in and poised for another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.

4. Nashville Predators (60 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: CBJ, CAR (2)
Points percentage: .566
Playoff probability: 84.1%

Nashville won in overtime to stay comfortably ahead of the Stars.

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5. Dallas Stars (56 points, 16 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: TBL (2), CHI (2)
Points percentage: .538
Playoff probability: 15.8%

See: Panthers, Predators

Officially eliminated from contention: Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (74 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: COL, MIN, STL (2), SJS
Points percentage: .725
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Vegas lost to the Wild on Monday night.

2. Colorado Avalanche (70 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: VGK, SJS (2), LAK (4)
Points percentage: .714
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Avalanche kept pace with Vegas for the top spot.

3. Minnesota Wild (70 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: STL (2), VGK, ANA (2)
Points percentage: .686
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Wild can’t finish worse than third — and are now tied for second.

4. St. Louis Blues (55 points, 17 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: MIN (2), ANA, LAK, VGK (2)
Points percentage: .550
Playoff probability: 97.0%

St. Louis widened the gap for the last playoff spot.

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5. Arizona Coyotes (50 points, 18 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: SJS (2), LAK (2)
Points percentage: .481
Playoff probability: 2.8%

Blues lost in overtime. Coyotes lost in overtime. Everything remains static.

6. Los Angeles Kings (44 points, 17 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: ANA, ARI (2), COL (3), STL
Points percentage: .449
Playoff probability: 0.2%

The Kings lost to the Ducks but that wasn’t the story. Ryan Miller, the winningest U.S-born goaltender in NHL history, got the win in what may be his last NHL game. No. 391.

0% playoff probability: San Jose Sharks

Officially eliminated from contention: Anaheim Ducks




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