April 23, 2024

NHL playoff standings: 15-game Super Saturday on tap


The NHL schedule works in mysterious methods. Following a one-game Friday evening — and forward of a one-game Sunday — there are 15 video games on the slate on Saturday, starting with the Detroit Red Wings visiting the Florida Panthers (12:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network) and capped off by two 10 p.m. ET video games: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames (NHL Power Play on ESPN+) and Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken (NHL Power Play on ESPN+).

Amid this busy day, to which matchups ought to hockey followers pay essentially the most consideration?

There are two video games the place each groups are at present in playoff place. Following their first regulation loss since Feb. 15, the Nashville Predators are visiting the Colorado Avalanche (6 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). There is a potential future the place this can be a first-round matchup. The Preds are the West’s first wild card proper now, and the Avs are three factors in again of the Stars for first within the Central. If that postseason conflict would not happen, it is a chance in Round 2 as properly.

Our different “playoff team vs. playoff team” matchup pits the newly clinched Boston Bruins in opposition to the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+). If the present standings maintain till the playoffs start, this may not be an opening-round matchup. But if the Bruins overtake the New York Rangers because the East’s prime seed, or if the Caps soar the Tampa Bay Lightning to be the primary wild card — however not each — then it could be!

Speaking of the Lightning, they will host the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+) in a contest that the guests want fairly a bit greater than the hosts, because the Isles’ tragic quantity continues to dwindle.

Similarly, the Vegas Golden Knights are in place to deal a devastating blow to the Minnesota Wild‘s postseason possibilities (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+/Hulu exclusive), because the Wild enter the sport eight factors behind the Kings for the West’s second wild card with 10 video games remaining for every membership.

As we traverse the ultimate stretch of the common season, it is time to test in on all of the playoff races — together with the groups jockeying for place within the 2024 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff likelihood is by way of Stathletes.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matchups
Saturday’s schedule
Friday’s scores
Expanded standings
Race for No. 1 pick

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

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

Western Conference

C1 Dallas Stars vs. WC2 Los Angeles Kings
C2 Colorado Avalanche vs. C3 Winnipeg Jets
P1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC1 Nashville Predators
P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Vegas Golden Knights


Saturday’s recreation

Note: All occasions ET. All video games not on TNT or NHL Network can be found by way of NHL Power Play, which is included in an ESPN+ subscription (native blackout restrictions apply).

Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers, 12:30 p.m. (NHLN)
Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+/Hulu)
Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers, 4 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche, 6 p.m.
New York Rangers at Arizona Coyotes, 6 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. (ESPN+/Hulu)
Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m.
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.


Friday’s scoreboard

Buffalo Sabres 5, New Jersey Devils 2


Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: A1
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: @ WSH (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 97
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: A2
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 109
Next recreation: vs. DET (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 91
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: A3
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 104
Next recreation: @ BUF (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 99
Next recreation: vs. NYI (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 89
Next recreation: @ FLA (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 20.6%
Tragic quantity: 16

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 83
Next recreation: vs. TOR (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0.3%
Tragic quantity: 10

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 77
Next recreation: @ WPG (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 77
Next recreation: vs. CAR (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7


Metropolitan Division

Points: 102
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: M1
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 115
Next recreation: @ ARI (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: M2
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: @ MTL (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: M3
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 91
Next recreation: vs. CHI (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 78.2%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 92
Next recreation: vs. BOS (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 57.0%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 88
Next recreation: @ TB (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 24.5%
Tragic quantity: 16

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 84
Next recreation: vs. PIT (Tuesday)
Playoff possibilities: 16.9%
Tragic quantity: 11

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 84
Next recreation: @ CBJ (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 2.5%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 65
Next recreation: vs. PIT (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Central Division

Points: 101
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: C1
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 112
Next recreation: @ SEA (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 98
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: C2
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: vs. NSH (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 94
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: C3
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 106
Next recreation: vs. OTT (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 101
Next recreation: @ COL (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.1%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 92
Next recreation: vs. SJ (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 5.1%
Tragic quantity: 14

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 90
Next recreation: vs. VGK (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 2.0%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 75
Next recreation: vs. NYR (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 53
Next recreation: @ PHI (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Pacific Division

Points: 98
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: P1
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: vs. ANA (Sunday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff place: P2
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 106
Next recreation: vs. ANA (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 88
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: P3
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 99
Next recreation: @ MIN (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 95.8%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 99
Next recreation: @ CGY (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 98.0%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 83
Next recreation: vs. DAL (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 81
Next recreation: vs. LA (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 58
Next recreation: @ EDM (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 40
Regulation wins: 12
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 46
Next recreation: @ STL (Saturday)
Playoff possibilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

p — clinched Presidents’ Trophy
y — clinched division
x — clinched playoff berth
e — eradicated from playoff rivalry


Race for the No. 1 decide

The NHL makes use of a draft lottery to find out the order of the primary spherical, so the workforce that finishes in final place isn’t assured the No. 1 choice. As of 2021, a workforce can transfer up a most of 10 spots if it wins the lottery, so solely 11 groups are eligible for the draw for the No. 1 decide. Full details on the process can be found here. Sitting No. 1 on the draft board for this summer time is Macklin Celebrini, a freshman at Boston University.

Points: 40
Regulation wins: 12

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 15

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 18

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 18

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 18

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 23

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 24

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 27

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 23

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 29

* The Penguins’ first-round decide was traded to the Sharks as a part of the Erik Karlsson commerce. However, it’s top-10 protected.



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