April 23, 2024

NHL playoff standings: How high can the Predators climb?


Heading into the 2023-24 season, it was unclear what to make of the Nashville Predators. GM Barry Trotz had been busy in the offseason, and that included chopping ties with veteran facilities Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen. Andrew Brunette took over as the new head coach.

The membership hovered in the mushy center for a lot of the season, then misplaced 9-2 to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 15. The crew canceled a planned trip to see U2 at the Sphere in Las Vegas, and subsequently went on an 18-game level streak. That streak was snapped with a few lopsided defeats this previous Thursday (8-4 to the Arizona Coyotes) and Saturday (7-4 to the Colorado Avalanche), so their contest on Tuesday night time in opposition to the Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+) is an opportunity to get again on the proper aspect of the ledger.

But past the sport in opposition to the B’s, how high can this crew climb in the standings?

If the Preds win out, they’re going to end with 106 factors. The Dallas Stars (at present at 103 factors) and Avalanche (100) may be powerful to catch, notably since these golf equipment are on heaters of their very own as of late. But the Winnipeg Jets, with 96 factors to the Preds’ 90, are in little bit of a tailspin, going 4-5-1 of their previous 10.

After the Bruins sport, the Preds have seven video games remaining, six of that are in opposition to groups at present exterior of playoff place. The different sport is in opposition to, you guessed it, Winnipeg. As for the Jets, their last seven video games embody clashes with the Stars, Avs and Vancouver Canucks.

So based mostly on schedules, it might seem the door is open for Nashville to overhaul Winnipeg. What do the projections say? Stathletes’ mannequin has the Jets ending with 103 factors to the Preds’ 100, and provides Winnipeg a 69.2% probability of taking the No. 3 seed in comparison with 26.7% for Nashville.

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

Note: Playoff chances are high through Stathletes.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matchups
Tuesday’s schedule
Monday’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


Tuesday’s video games

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

Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.
Ottawa Senators at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.
Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m.


Monday’s scoreboard

Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Florida Panthers 4
Detroit Red Wings 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Rangers 2
New York Islanders 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (OT)
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Colorado Avalanche 1
St. Louis Blues 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT)
Winnipeg Jets 4, Los Angeles Kings 3
Seattle Kraken 4, San Jose Sharks 2


Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 101
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: A1
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 110
Next sport: @ NSH (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: A2
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 108
Next sport: @ MTL (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 95
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: A3
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 105
Next sport: vs. TB (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 89
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 99
Next sport: @ TOR (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 90
Next sport: vs. NYR (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 28%
Tragic quantity: 14

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 82
Next sport: vs. WSH (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 0.3%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 79
Next sport: @ MIN (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 6

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 76
Next sport: vs. FLA (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 4


Metropolitan Division

Points: 104
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: M1
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 114
Next sport: vs. NJ (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 101
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: M2
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 110
Next sport: vs. BOS (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 83
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: M3
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 90
Next sport: @ BUF (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 71.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 92
Next sport: @ BUF (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 75.5%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 88
Next sport: vs. CHI (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 15.6%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 85
Next sport: @ NJ (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.8%
Tragic quantity: 11

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 84
Next sport: vs. PIT (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 6.9%
Tragic quantity: 10

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 68
Next sport: vs. NYI (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Central Division

Points: 103
Regulation wins: 36
Playoff place: C1
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 113
Next sport: vs. EDM (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: C2
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 109
Next sport: @ MIN (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 96
Regulation wins: 40
Playoff place: C3
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 105
Next sport: vs. CGY (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 100
Next sport: vs. BOS (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.6%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 92
Next sport: @ NSH (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.8%
Tragic quantity: 11

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 89
Next sport: vs. OTT (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.4%
Tragic quantity: 10

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 74
Next sport: vs. VAN (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 54
Next sport: @ NYI (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Pacific Division

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 40
Playoff place: P1
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 111
Next sport: @ VGK (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 95
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: P2
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 107
Next sport: @ DAL (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: P3
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 100
Next sport: vs. VAN (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.2%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 96
Next sport: vs. SEA (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: 98.1%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 83
Next sport: @ LA (Wednesday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 4

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 9
Points tempo: 82
Next sport: vs. ANA (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 4

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 57
Next sport: @ CGY (Tuesday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 42
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 47
Next sport: vs. LA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

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


Race for the No. 1 decide

The NHL makes use of a draft lottery to find out the order of the first spherical, so the crew that finishes in final place isn’t assured the No. 1 choice. As of 2021, a crew 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: 42
Regulation wins: 13

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 18

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 18

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 23

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 28

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26

Points: 84
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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