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

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 playoffs 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 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: 9:20 p.m. ET on May 2.

All probabilities from Sports Club Stats.

NHL playoff standings 2021

East Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (71 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: PHI (2), BUF (2)
Points percentage: .683
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Penguins shut out the Caps on Saturday night to move into first place.

2. Washington Capitals (69 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: NYR (2), PHI (2), BOS
Points percentage: .676
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

See: Penguins

3. New York Islanders (67 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: BUF (2), NJD (2), BOS (1)
Points percentage: .657
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Islanders probably put the final nail in the Rangers’ coffin with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday.

4. Boston Bruins (66 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: NJD (2), NYR (2), NYI, WSH
Points percentage: .660
Playoff probability: 100%

The Bruins beat the Sabres on Saturday to widen the gap.

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0% playoff probability: New York Rangers

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

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (71 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: MTL (2), VAN, OTT, WPG
Points percentage: .696
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

It’s looking more and more likely the Maple Leafs will win the organization’s first division title since 2000.

2. Edmonton Oilers (62 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: VAN (5), MTL (2)
Points percentage: .633
Playoff probability: 100%

The Oilers won the final Battle of Alberta and, most likely, sent the Flames golfing.

3. Winnipeg Jets (57 points, 21 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: OTT (2), CGY, VAN (2), TOR
Points percentage: .570
Playoff probability: 100%

Winnipeg was idle on Saturday and lost ground to the Oilers — and saw Canadiens creep up, too.

4. Montreal Canadiens (55 points, 20 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: TOR (3), OTT, EDM (2)
Points percentage: .550
Playoff probability: 97.5%

Cole Caufield. Overtime game-winner. First NHL goal.

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5. Calgary Flames (47 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: WPG, OTT, VAN (4)
Points percentage: .470
Playoff probability: 2.4%

With a Flames loss and a Canadiens win, it’s looking as if the Flames will be hitting the links soon.

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6. Vancouver Canucks (41 points, 13 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Remaining opponents: EDM (5), WPG (2), CGY (4)
Points percentage: .456
Playoff probability: 0.2%

Ottawa is actually ahead of the Canucks in the standings by two points.

Officially eliminated from contention: Ottawa Senators

Central Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes (75 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: CHI (3), NSH (2)
Points percentage: .735
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

With games in hand it’s likely the Canes will take the top spot.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (73 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: DAL (2), FLA (2)
Points percentage: .696
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

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

3. Florida Panthers (73 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: DAL, TBL (2)
Points percentage: .689
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Two more points for Sam Bennett in a win Saturday over the Blackhawks.

4. Nashville Predators (58 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: CBJ (2), CAR (2)
Points percentage: .558
Playoff probability: 84.1%

Nashville got a big win Saturday night over the Stars in overtime.

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5. Dallas Stars (55 points, 16 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: TBL (2), FLA, CHI (2)
Points percentage: .539
Playoff probability: 15.8%

See: Predators

6. Chicago Blackhawks (50 points, 14 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: CAR (3), DAL (2)
Points percentage: .490
Playoff probability: 0.1%

While the Blackhawks are pretty much out of the postseason, no one expected them to be in the conversation in the first place.

Officially eliminated from contention: Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (74 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: COL, MIN (2), STL (2), SJS
Points percentage: .740
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Vegas keeps pace with the Hurricanes for the Presidents’ Trophy.

2. Colorado Avalanche (70 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: VGK, SJS (2), LAK (4)
Points percentage: .714
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Avalanche kept pace with Vegas for the top spot.

3. Minnesota Wild (68 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: STL (2), VGK (2), ANA (2)
Points percentage: .680
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Wild can’t finish worse than third.

4. St. Louis Blues (53 points, 16 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: MIN (2), ANA (2), LAK, VGK (2)
Points percentage: .541
Playoff probability: 97.0%

St. Louis lost to the Wild in overtime Saturday, which means it can only finish in fourth — if it can hold off the Coyotes.

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5. Arizona Coyotes (50 points, 18 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: SJS (2), LAK (2)
Points percentage: .481
Playoff probability: 2.8%

Blues lost in overtime. Coyotes lost in overtime. Everything remains static.

6. Los Angeles Kings (44 points, 17 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: ANA, ARI (2), COL (3), STL
Points percentage: .449
Playoff probability: 0.2%

The Kings lost to the Ducks but that wasn’t the story. Ryan Miller, the winningest U.S-born goaltender in NHL history, got the win in what may be his last NHL game. No. 391.

0% playoff probability: San Jose Sharks

Officially eliminated from contention: Anaheim Ducks



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