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

PostedAt: Sun, May 9, 2021 3:01 PM

The NHL's 2021 Stanley Cup playoff race is in the home stretch. Here are the current odds and projections for every team still in the hunt.

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 playoff 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 that 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: 1:34 a.m. ET on May 9.

All probabilities from Sports Club Stats.

NHL playoff standings 2021

East Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (77 points, 29 RW)

Remaining games: 0
Points percentage: .688
Playoff probability: Clinched division title

Pittsburgh is your East Division champ.

2. Washington Capitals (75 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: BOS (Tue., May 11)
Points percentage: .682
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Capitals beat the Flyers in overtime on Saturday night but lost the division title race.

3. Boston Bruins (71 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: NYI (Mon., May 10), WSH (Tue., May 11)
Points percentage: .657
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Bruins lost to the Rangers in New York's final game of the season Saturday afternoon.

4. New York Islanders (70 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: BOS (Mon., May 10)
Points percentage: .636
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Islanders won the final regular-season home game at Nassau Coliseum, beating the Devils 5-1.


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

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (76 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: OTT (Wed., May 12), WPG (Fri, May 14)
Points percentage: .704
Playoff probability: Clinched division title

The Maple Leafs captured the organization's first division title since 2000 with a win over the Canadiens on Saturday.

2. Edmonton Oilers (68 points, 31 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: MTL (Mon., May 10; Wed., May 12), VAN (Sat., May 15)
Points percentage: .642
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Connor McDavid. One hundred points.

3. Winnipeg Jets (59 points, 22 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: VAN (Mon., May 10; Tues., May 11), TOR (Fri., May 14)
Points percentage: .557
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

A Tim Stützle natural hat trick was too much for the Jets on Saturday.

4. Montreal Canadiens (57 points, 20 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: EDM (Mon., May 10; Wed., May 12)
Points percentage: .528
Playoff probability: 99.4%

The Canadiens lost and are, for whatever reason, keeping the Flames' playoff hopes burning bright.


5. Calgary Flames (47 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: OTT (Sun., May 9), VAN (Thu., May 13; Sun., May 16; Tue., May 18; Wed., May 19)
Points percentage: .461
Playoff probability: 0.5%

Ottawa bypassed Calgary in the standings by points Saturday.

0% playoff probability: Vancouver Canucks

Officially eliminated from contention: Ottawa Senators

Central Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes (80 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: NSH (Mon., May 10)
Points percentage: .727
Playoff probability: Clinched division title

The Hurricanes lost to their first-round opponent Saturday night.

2. Florida Panthers (77 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: TBL (Mon., May 10)
Points percentage: .700
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Florida beat the Lightning on Saturday to take back home-ice advantage . . . for now.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (75 points, 29 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: FLA (Mon., May 10)
Points percentage: .682
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

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

4. Nashville Predators (62 points, 20 RW)

Remaining games: 1
Remaining opponents: CAR (Mon., May 10)
Points percentage: .556
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Nashville booked its ticket to the postseason Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.


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

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (80 points, 29 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: COL (Mon., May 10), SJS (Wed., May 12)
Points percentage: .741
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

With a 4-1 win over the Blues, Vegas maintained its four-point lead over Colorado for the top spot.

2. Colorado Avalanche (76 points, 32 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: VGK (Mon., May 10), LAK (Wed., May 12; Thurs., May 13)
Points percentage: .717
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Colorado kept pace with the Golden Knights on Saturday.

3. Minnesota Wild (75 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 2
Remaining opponents: STL (Wed., May 12; Thurs., May 13)
Points percentage: .694
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Wild beat the Ducks in overtime in Ryan Miller's last NHL game.

4. St. Louis Blues (57 points, 17 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: LAK (Mon., May 10), MIN (Wed., May 12; Thurs., May 13)
Points percentage: .538
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Blues can't finish higher than fourth. Now they just have to wait and see who wins the division.


Officially eliminated from contention: Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings

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