April 16, 2024

NHL playoff standings: A must-win game for the Sabres?


Based on how the Buffalo Sabres closed out the 2022-23 season, and the optimistic emotions round a staff with so many spectacular younger gamers, the membership was anticipated to be in the combine for a playoff spot this season.

Due to various components, that expectation has dwindled considerably. And with simply over two weeks left in the 2023-24 season, each game takes on added significance if the Sabres wish to preserve these hopes alive. They will not must run the desk, however there is not a lot wiggle room left for regulation losses.

Heading into Wednesday night time’s showdown towards the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., NHL Power Play on ESPN+), the Sabres are eight factors behind the Washington Capitals for the ultimate wild-card spot in the East. If there may be some hopeful information right here, it’s the Sabres’ regulation wins complete (28), which is the same as the Caps’ and forward of most different wild-card contenders.

So, about that entire “running the table” concept: After the Senators game, the Sabres have 9 video games left. Seven of these contests are towards groups at the moment in playoff spots; the different two are towards fellow wild-card bubble golf equipment, the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.

In different phrases, the street again to the postseason can be a troublesome one — although not not possible. And having these two potential four-point swing video games towards Washington will assist (offered Buffalo wins, after all).

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

Note: Playoff likelihood is by way of Stathletes.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matchups
Wednesday’s schedule
Tuesday’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 Vegas Golden Knights
C2 Colorado Avalanche vs. C3 Winnipeg Jets
P1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC1 Nashville Predators
P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings


Wednesday’s video games

Note: All instances 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).

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 (TNT)


Tuesday’s scoreboard

Boston Bruins 4, Florida Panthers 3
New York Rangers 6, Philadelphia Flyers 5 (OT)
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Washington Capitals 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (OT)
New Jersey Devils 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Nashville Predators 5, Vegas Golden Knights 4 (OT)
Edmonton Oilers 4, Winnipeg Jets 3 (OT)
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Calgary Flames 1
Montreal Canadiens 2, Colorado Avalanche 1
Arizona Coyotes 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Seattle Kraken 4, Anaheim Ducks 0
Dallas Stars 6, San Jose Sharks 3


Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: A1
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 111
Next game: @ TB (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 97
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: A2
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 115
Next game: vs. NYI (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 89
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: A3
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 103
Next game: vs. WSH (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 85
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 98
Next game: vs. BOS (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 98.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 90
Next game: @ CAR (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 25.0%
Tragic quantity: 18

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 83
Next game: vs. OTT (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.9%
Tragic quantity: 12

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 76
Next game: vs. PHI (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 21
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 12
Points tempo: 75
Next game: @ BUF (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7


Metropolitan Division

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: M1
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 114
Next game: @ COL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 97
Regulation wins: 37
Playoff place: M2
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 109
Next game: vs. DET (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: M3
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 92
Next game: @ MTL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 85.1%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 94
Next game: @ TOR (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 66.7%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 85
Next game: @ BUF (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 8.7%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 87
Next game: @ FLA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 13.3%
Tragic quantity: 16

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 83
Next game: vs. CBJ (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0.5%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 66
Next game: @ PIT (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: E


Central Division

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff place: C1
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 111
Next game: @ VAN (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 97
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: C2
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 111
Next game: vs. NYR (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 94
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: C3
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 107
Next game: vs. VGK (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 103
Next game: @ ARI (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.6%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 91
Next game: vs. CGY (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 4.3%
Tragic quantity: 14

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 89
Next game: vs. SJ (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.7%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 65
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 74
Next game: vs. NSH (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 54
Next game: @ OTT (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Pacific Division

Points: 98
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: P1
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 112
Next game: vs. DAL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: P2
Games left: 12
Points tempo: 105
Next game: vs. LA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff place: P3
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 101
Next game: @ EDM (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.5%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 98
Next game: @ WPG (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 95.0%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 82
Next game: @ STL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0.1%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 82
Next game: vs. ANA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 10
Points tempo: 59
Next game: @ SEA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 40
Regulation wins: 12
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 11
Points tempo: 46
Next game: @ MIN (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 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 choose

The NHL makes use of a draft lottery to find out the order of the first spherical, so the staff that finishes in final place is just not assured the No. 1 choice. As of 2021, a staff 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 choose. 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: 64
Regulation wins: 21

Points: 65
Regulation wins: 24

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 17

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 23

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 26

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 22

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 27

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 28

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



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