NHL playoff watch standings update: Boston Bruins-St. Louis Blues highlights busy Tuesday schedule

With the NHL playoff field solidifying over the final two weeks of the regular season, we can begin to get excited about dream Stanley Cup Final matchups. One type of matchup that is always captivating is a rematch of a recent Cup Final clash, and one of the possibilities of that archetype this time around is running back the 2019 series between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.

Tuesday night, we'll get a potential preview of that Cup Final combo as Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and the B's head to St. Louis to take on Ryan O'Reilly, Robert Thomas and the Blues. The Blues won 4-2 in the first matchup this season between the teams (April 12 in Boston) on the strength of a two-goal outing from Vladimir Tarasenko.


Taking a peek at the standings, the Blues are battling with the Minnesota Wild for home-ice advantage in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 Central Division series; the Wild will square off with the Montreal Canadienson Tuesday night. The Bruins are currently the first wild card in the Eastern Conference, which would likely earn them an opening-round matchup against the Metropolitan Division champions (the Carolina Hurricanescurrently lead the New York Rangers by two points).

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

Tuesday's games

Monday 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 St. Louis Blues vs. C3 Minnesota Wild

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 games available to stream on ESPN+.

Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m.

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.

Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. (ESPN+, Hulu)

Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. (ESPN)

Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.

Last night's scoreboard


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

Calgary Flames 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2

Washington Capitals 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

Carolina Hurricanes 5, Arizona Coyotes 3

New Jersey Devils 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2

Seattle Kraken 4, Ottawa Senators 2

Vancouver Canucks 6, Dallas Stars 2

Expanded standings


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

Atlantic Division




x - Florida Panthers


Points: 114

Regulation wins: 40

Playoff position: A1

Games left: 7

Next game: @ NYI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 106

Regulation wins: 42

Playoff position: A2

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. PHI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 100

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: A3

Games left: 7

Next game: vs. DET (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Boston Bruins


Points: 97

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 7

Next game: @ STL (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Buffalo Sabres


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 23

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ NJ (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Detroit Red Wings


Points: 68

Regulation wins: 18

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ TB (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Ottawa Senators


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ VAN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. MIN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Metropolitan Division




x - Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 106

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: M1

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. WPG (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - New York Rangers


Points: 104

Regulation wins: 41

Playoff position: M2

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. WPG (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%


Tragic number: N/A



x - Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 97

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: M3

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. BOS (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Washington Capitals


Points: 96

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 6

Next game: @ VGK (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - New York Islanders


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 7

Next game: vs. FLA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ SJ (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. BUF (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 57

Regulation wins: 18

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ TOR (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Central Division




z - Colorado Avalanche


Points: 116

Regulation wins: 45

Playoff position: C1

Games left: 6

Next game: @ SEA (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - St. Louis Blues


Points: 102

Regulation wins: 41

Playoff position: C2

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. BOS (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Minnesota Wild


Points: 101

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: C3

Games left: 7

Next game: @ MTL (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 91

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. CGY (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 93%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 91

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 6

Next game: @ EDM (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 93%

Tragic number: N/A



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ NYR (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 3



e - Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 15

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ ARI (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Arizona Coyotes


Points: 49

Regulation wins: 16

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. CHI (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Pacific Division




x - Calgary Flames


Points: 103

Regulation wins: 42

Playoff position: P1


Games left: 6

Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Edmonton Oilers


Points: 94

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: P2

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. DAL (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 90

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: P3

Games left: 5

Next game: @ ANA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 74%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 87

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. WSH (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 21%

Tragic number: 8



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 86

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: vs. OTT (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 19%

Tragic number: 9



e - Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. LA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - San Jose Sharks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 7

Next game: vs. CBJ (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Seattle Kraken


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 21

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 7

Next game: vs. COL (Wednesday)

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 may 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.



1. Arizona Coyotes


Points: 49

Regulation wins: 16



2. Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14



3. Seattle Kraken


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 21



4. Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 57

Regulation wins: 18



5. Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 15



6. New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19



7. Ottawa Senators


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 24



8. Detroit Red Wings


Points: 68

Regulation wins: 18



9. Buffalo Sabres


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 23



10. San Jose Sharks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 20



11. Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21



12. Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 24



13. New York Islanders


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 32



14. Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28



15. Vancouver Canucks


Points: 86

Regulation wins: 31



16. Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 87

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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