NHL playoff watch standings update: State of the Metropolitan Division title race

After a one-game slate Monday night, there are considerably more games on tap for hockey fans Tuesday night -- 14 of them, in fact, including a double-header on ESPN: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals at 7 ET, followed by Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars at 9:30 ET. There's another game that has garnered our attention: the Carolina Hurricanes paying a visit to the New York Rangers (7 ET, streaming live for out-of-market ESPN+ subscribers).

For a while this season, the Canes' lead atop the Metropolitan Division appeared quite cushy. But unlike the Central, Pacific and Atlantic divisions, the Metro crown appears to be in play during the next fortnight and change. With both the Hurricanes and Rangers having played 73 games, the Canes hold a 102-100 lead in standings points, and a 41-39 edge in regulation wins. MoneyPuck projections give the Canes a 79.8% chance of winning the division, while the Rangers' chances are 19.9%, by far the highest of any second-place team.


The teams have split their two games thus far this season, and after tonight they'll play again on April 26. Of the other games on their respective schedules, the Canes will face just one other playoff-bound team (the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday), and six games against five likely lottery teams (the Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders and theNew Jersey Devils twice). The Rangers get two likely playoff-bound teams (the Boston Bruins on April 23 and the Capitals on April 29), along with five games against likely lottery teams (the Flyers, Red Wings, Jets, Islanders and Montreal Canadiens).

The winner of this race will likely match up against the first wild card in their first-round series (currently the Bruins), while the other will draw the No. 3-seeded Metro team (currently the Pittsburgh Penguins).

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.

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Current playoff matchups

Today's games

Last 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 games available to stream on ESPN+.

St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m.

San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

Seattle Kraken at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars, 9:30 p.m.(ESPN)

Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

New Jersey Devils at Arizona Coyotes, 10 p.m.

Last night's scoreboard


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

Winnipeg Jets 4, Montreal Canadiens 2

Expanded standings


Atlantic Division




x - Florida Panthers


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 38

Playoff position: A1

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. ANA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 100

Regulation wins: 40

Playoff position: A2

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. BUF (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 96

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: A3

Games left: 10

Next game: @ DAL (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Boston Bruins


Points: 95

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. STL (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Detroit Red Wings


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. OTT (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Buffalo Sabres


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 8

Next game: @ TOR (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Ottawa Senators


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: @ DET (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 9

Next game: @ CBJ (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Metropolitan Division




x - Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 102

Regulation wins: 41

Playoff position: M1

Games left: 9

Next game: @ NYR (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - New York Rangers


Points: 100

Regulation wins: 39

Playoff position: M2

Games left: 9

Next game: vs. CAR (Tuesday)


Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 94

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: M3

Games left: 8

Next game: @ NYI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Washington Capitals


Points: 90

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. PHI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



New York Islanders


Points: 75

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 11

Next game: vs. PIT (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 7



Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 23

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 9

Next game: vs. MTL (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 2



e - Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 57

Regulation wins: 18

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: @ WSH (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - New Jersey Devils


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: @ ARI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Central Division




x - Colorado Avalanche


Points: 110

Regulation wins: 42

Playoff position: C1

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. LA (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Minnesota Wild


Points: 94

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: C2

Games left: 11

Next game: vs. EDM (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



St. Louis Blues


Points: 94

Regulation wins: 38

Playoff position: C3

Games left: 10

Next game: @ BOS (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 87

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. SJ (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 95%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 86

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. TB (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 85%

Tragic number: N/A



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 8

Next game: vs. SEA (Wednesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 11



e - Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 59

Regulation wins: 15

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. LA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Arizona Coyotes


Points: 49

Regulation wins: 16

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. NJ (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Pacific Division




Calgary Flames



Points: 97

Regulation wins: 39

Playoff position: P1

Games left: 10

Next game: vs. SEA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Edmonton Oilers


Points: 90

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: P2

Games left: 9

Next game: @ MIN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 98%

Tragic number: N/A



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 86

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: P3

Games left: 8

Next game: @ CHI (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 58%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 84

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 9

Next game: @ VAN (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 55%

Tragic number: 16



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 9

Next game: vs. VGK (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 9%

Tragic number: 12



e - Anaheim Ducks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 8

Next game: @ FLA (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



San Jose Sharks


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 11

Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)

Playoff chances: <1%

Tragic number: 3



e - Seattle Kraken


Points: 52

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 10

Next game: @ CGY (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 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: 52

Regulation wins: 20



4. New Jersey Devils


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 17



5. Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 57

Regulation wins: 18



6. Ottawa Senators


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22



7. Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 59

Regulation wins: 15



8. Buffalo Sabres


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 20



9. Detroit Red Wings


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 17



10. San Jose Sharks


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 20



11. Anaheim Ducks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 20



12. Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 23



13. New York Islanders


Points: 75

Regulation wins: 31



14. Vancouver Canucks


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 29



15. Winnipeg Jets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 28



16. Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 84

Regulation wins: 32
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