April 17, 2024

NHL playoff standings: The implications of Penguins-Capitals


Gone are the times when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals had been battling atop the Metropolitan Division.

But consider it or not, with the Capitals clinging to the East’s second wild-card spot, the Penguins aren’t fully out of the working to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Heading into Thursday’s conflict between the golf equipment (7 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+), the Penguins are three factors behind the Capitals within the standings, with yet another regulation win. Notably, Washington has a recreation in hand on Pittsburgh (and the opposite groups vying for the wild card).

After the sport towards the Capitals, the Penguins will face groups presently in playoff place in 4 of their closing six contests — and the 2 groups that are not presently in playoff place are within the aforementioned “vying for the wild card” cohort: the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders, each of whom are presently forward of the Pens.

Washington’s post-Pittsburgh schedule contains dates towards 4 present playoff groups in its closing seven, in addition to video games towards the Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres (who stay mathematically within the wild-card race as nicely), and the almost eradicated Ottawa Senators.

Stathletes provides the Capitals a 52.9% likelihood of incomes a playoff spot of any selection (whether or not as a wild card or the No. 3 seed within the Metro), whereas the Penguins are at 10.2%. It seems there may be some juice left within the Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby rivalry!

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

Note: Playoff chances are high by way of Stathletes.

Jump forward:
Current playoff matchups
Thursday’s schedule
Wednesday’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


Thursday’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).

Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. (ESPN+/Hulu)
Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.
Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.


Wednesday’s scoreboard

Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3
Dallas Stars 5, Edmonton Oilers 0
Los Angeles Kings 5, Seattle Kraken 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Arizona Coyotes 1


Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

Points: 103
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff place: A1
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 111
Next recreation: @ CAR (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 99
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff place: A2
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 107
Next recreation: @ OTT (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 95
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: A3
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 104
Next recreation: @ MTL (Saturday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 91
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 100
Next recreation: @ MTL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 90
Next recreation: vs. NYR (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 45.9%
Tragic quantity: 14

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 83
Next recreation: vs. PHI (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 0.7%
Tragic quantity: 7

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 78
Next recreation: vs. FLA (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 4

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 78
Next recreation: vs. TB (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 4


Metropolitan Division

Points: 106
Regulation wins: 40
Playoff place: M1
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 114
Next recreation: @ DET (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 101
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff place: M2
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: 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 recreation: @ BUF (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 54.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 91
Next recreation: vs. PIT (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 52.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 89
Next recreation: @ CBJ (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 34%
Tragic quantity: 13

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 86
Next recreation: @ WSH (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 10.2%
Tragic quantity: 11

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 82
Next recreation: @ OTT (Saturday)
Playoff probabilities: 1.5%
Tragic quantity: 6

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


Central Division

Points: 105
Regulation wins: 37
Playoff place: C1
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 113
Next recreation: @ CHI (Saturday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

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

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

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: WC1
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 98
Next recreation: vs. STL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 98.4%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 92
Next recreation: @ NSH (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 5.8%
Tragic quantity: 9

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 90
Next recreation: vs. COL (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 3.8%
Tragic quantity: 8

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 73
Next recreation: vs. VGK (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 54
Next recreation: vs. DAL (Saturday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E


Pacific Division

Points: 102
Regulation wins: 41
Playoff place: P1
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 110
Next recreation: @ LA (Saturday)
Playoff probabilities: 100%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 95
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff place: P2
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 105
Next recreation: vs. COL (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.9%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff place: P3
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 101
Next recreation: @ ARI (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 99.6%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 89
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff place: WC2
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 97
Next recreation: @ SJ (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: 92.4%
Tragic quantity: N/A

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 7
Points tempo: 82
Next recreation: @ ANA (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 81
Next recreation: @ WPG (Thursday)
Playoff probabilities: ~0%
Tragic quantity: 1

Points: 54
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 6
Points tempo: 58
Next recreation: vs. SEA (Friday)
Playoff probabilities: 0%
Tragic quantity: E

Points: 42
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff place: N/A
Games left: 8
Points tempo: 47
Next recreation: 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 choose

The NHL makes use of a draft lottery to find out the order of the primary spherical, so the staff that finishes in final place shouldn’t be 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: 42
Regulation wins: 13

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16

Points: 54
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 31

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 30

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 24

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 29

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 29

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



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