NHL playoff watch standings update: Battle of Florida highlights Sunday's schedule

Some rivalries in the NHL have existed for decades; think Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers-New York Islanders, etc. But some of the most heated grudge matches have materialized more recently, such as the one between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The two Florida teams would seem like natural rivals, but the clubs didn't hit peaks in their competitive cycles simultaneously until the past few seasons. And now, their games are simply must-watch for all hockey fans, period. That included the first-round series from the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, and it includes tonight's game (7 ET, ESPN+ and Hulu).


Both clubs are playoff-bound, and this could be a preview of a second-round matchup, should the Panthers defeat the East's second wild card (currently the Washington Capitals), and the Lightning take care of the Toronto Maple Leafs. But we're pretty sure no one will be thinking that far ahead with their rivals on the other side of the ice tonight.

As we enter the final stretch of the 2021-22 regular season, it's time to check in on all the playoff races -- along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2022 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via FiveThirtyEight. Tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump ahead:

Current playoff matchups

Friday's games

Thursday night's scores

Expanded standings

Race for No. 1 pick




Current playoff matchups


Eastern Conference

A1 Florida Panthers vs. WC2 Washington Capitals

A2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. A3 Tampa Bay Lightning

M1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC1 Boston Bruins

M2 New York Rangers vs. M3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

C1 Colorado Avalanche vs. WC2 Dallas Stars

C2 Minnesota Wild vs. C3 St. Louis Blues

P1 Calgary Flames vs. WC1 Nashville Predators

P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

Today's games


Note: All times Eastern. All out-of-market, non-TNT games available to stream on ESPN+.

Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 1 p.m.

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders, 1 p.m.

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 4 p.m. (TNT)

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. (ESPN+, Hulu)

Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (ESPN+, Hulu)

Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m.

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.

Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.

St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks, 8:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m.

Last night's scoreboard


Watch In the Crease on ESPN+ for highlights from every game.

Buffalo Sabres 5, New York Islanders 3

Pittsburgh Penguins 7, Detroit Red Wings 2

Carolina Hurricanes 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)

Boston Bruins 3, New York Rangers 1

Ottawa Senators 6, Montreal Canadiens 4

Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Nashville Predators 2

Florida Panthers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

Dallas Stars 3, Seattle Kraken 2

San Jose Sharks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Calgary Flames 6, Vancouver Canucks 3

St. Louis Blues 5, Arizona Coyotes 4 (OT)

Los Angeles Kings 4, Anaheim Ducks 2

Expanded standings


Note: x = clinched playoff spot; y = clinched division title; z = clinched best conference record; e = eliminated

Atlantic Division




z - Florida Panthers


Points: 120

Regulation wins: 41

Playoff position: A1

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. TB (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 109

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: A2

Games left: 3

Next game: @ WSH (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 104

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: A3

Games left: 4

Next game: @ FLA (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Boston Bruins


Points: 101

Regulation wins: 37

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 4

Next game: @ MTL (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Buffalo Sabres


Points: 73

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: @ BOS (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Detroit Red Wings


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: @ NJ (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Ottawa Senators


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. NJ (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. BOS (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Metropolitan Division




x - Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 110

Regulation wins: 44

Playoff position: M1

Games left: 3

Next game: @ NYI (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - New York Rangers


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 43


Playoff position: M2

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. CAR (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 101

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: M3

Games left: 3

Next game: @ PHI (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Washington Capitals


Points: 99

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. TOR (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - New York Islanders


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. CAR (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 77

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. EDM (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - New Jersey Devils


Points: 62

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. DET (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 59

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. PIT (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Central Division




z - Colorado Avalanche


Points: 116

Regulation wins: 45

Playoff position: C1

Games left: 4

Next game: @ WPG (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Minnesota Wild


Points: 107

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: C2

Games left: 4

Next game: @ NSH (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - St. Louis Blues


Points: 107

Regulation wins: 42

Playoff position: C3

Games left: 3

Next game: @ ANA (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 93

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. MIN (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 95%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 93

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. VGK (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 85%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. COL (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 15

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. PHI (Monday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Arizona Coyotes


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 16

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: @ MIN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Pacific Division




y - Calgary Flames


Points: 108


Regulation wins: 44

Playoff position: P1

Games left: 3

Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Edmonton Oilers


Points: 98

Regulation wins: 37

Playoff position: P2

Games left: 4

Next game: @ CBJ (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 96

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: P3

Games left: 2

Next game: @ SEA (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 99%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. SJ (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 21%

Tragic number: 5



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 87

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. SEA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 1



e - San Jose Sharks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ VGK (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. STL (Sunday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ VAN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Race for the No. 1 pick


The NHL uses a draft lottery to determine the order at the top of the first round, so the team that finishes in last place is not guaranteed the No. 1 selection. As of 2021, a team might move up a maximum of 10 spots if it wins the lottery, so only 11 teams are eligible for the draw for the No. 1 pick. Full details on the process can be found here. The 2022 draft lottery will be held on May 10.



1. Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14



2. Arizona Coyotes


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 16



3. Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22



4. Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 59

Regulation wins: 19



5. New Jersey Devils


Points: 62

Regulation wins: 19



6. Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 15



7. Ottawa Senators


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 25



8. Detroit Red Wings


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 19



9. Buffalo Sabres


Points: 73

Regulation wins: 25



10. Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21



11. San Jose Sharks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 22



12. Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 77

Regulation wins: 24



13. New York Islanders


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 32



14. Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28



15. Vancouver Canucks


Points: 87

Regulation wins: 31



16. Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 33

Notes on conditionally traded picks impacting the top 16:


  • Columbus will receive Chicago's first-round pick if Chicago does not win either of the two draws in the 2022 draft lottery. Otherwise, the pick defers to 2023.

  • Buffalo will receive Vegas' first-round pick if it is outside the top 10 selections. Otherwise, the pick defers to 2023.

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