NHL playoff watch standings update: The postseason seeds left to be determined

After the Vegas Golden Knights' elimination from playoff contention last night, the 16-team field for the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs is set -- we just have to wait to see which teams fit into which seeding slots.

Currently, there are eight teams locked into position:



Starting at the top, the Panthers and Avalanche remain in a battle for the Presidents' Trophy and the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason. Both teams have two games left; Colorado is two points back but has a 46-41 edge in regulation wins.

In the Atlantic, the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins for the No. 3 seed, with the loser of that battle earning the East's No. 1 wild card and a series against the Canes. Both teams have two games left, and Boston has a one-game edge in RW.

The race for No. 3 in the Metro is even tighter: the Pittsburgh Penguins hold a one-point and one-RW edge over the Washington Capitals, but the Caps have a game in hand. The winner between these two gets the Rangers, the loser gets the Panthers.

There are two races going on in the Central Division. The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues both have 109 points in the battle to determine home-ice advantage in the first round; the Blues have a 43-36 edge in RW, but the Wild have a game in hand. Both Western wild cards are coming from this division, but their positioning is yet to be finalized. The Dallas Stars currently have a one-point edge in the standings, but the Nashville Predators have a game in hand and hold a 35-30 RW advantage. The first wild card will take on the Flames, while the second gets the Avalanche in the first round.

We'll get our next set of clues after tonight's nine-game schedule. Buckle up!

And now, let's check in on the current playoff matchups, along with today's schedule, expanded standings and the full lottery order.

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

Jump ahead:

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 Nashville Predators

C2 Minnesota Wild vs. C3 St. Louis Blues

P1 Calgary Flames vs. WC1 Dallas Stars

P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

Today's games


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

Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.

Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.

New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.

Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. (NHLN)

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.

San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

Last night's scoreboard


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Winnipeg Jets 4, Philadelphia Flyers 0

Montreal Canadiens 4, New York Rangers 3

Chicago Blackhawks 4, Vegas Golden Knights 3 (SO)

Arizona Coyotes 4, Dallas Stars 3 (OT)

Los Angeles Kings 5, Seattle Kraken 3

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: 2

Next game: @ OTT (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 113

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: A2

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. BOS (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 38

Playoff position: A3

Games left: 2

Next game: @ CBJ (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Boston Bruins


Points: 105

Regulation wins: 39

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. BUF (Thursday)

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: 72

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: @ NJ (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Ottawa Senators


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. FLA (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Montreal Canadiens


Points: 53

Regulation wins: 15

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. FLA (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Metropolitan Division




y - Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 114

Regulation wins: 46

Playoff position: M1

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. NJ (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - New York Rangers


Points: 108


Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: M2

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. WSH (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 101

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: M3

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. CBJ (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Washington Capitals


Points: 100

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 2

Next game: @ NYI (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - New York Islanders


Points: 82

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. WSH (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. TB (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - New Jersey Devils


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: @ CAR (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. OTT (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Central Division




z - Colorado Avalanche


Points: 118

Regulation wins: 46

Playoff position: C1

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. NSH (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Minnesota Wild


Points: 109

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: C2

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. CGY (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - St. Louis Blues


Points: 109

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: C3

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. VGK (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Dallas Stars


Points: 96

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. ANA (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Nashville Predators


Points: 95

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 2

Next game: @ COL (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Winnipeg Jets


Points: 85

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. CGY (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 16

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: @ BUF (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Arizona Coyotes


Points: 55

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: vs. NSH (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Pacific Division




y - Calgary Flames


Points: 110


Regulation wins: 44

Playoff position: P1

Games left: 2

Next game: @ MIN (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Edmonton Oilers


Points: 100

Regulation wins: 38

Playoff position: P2

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. SJ (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Los Angeles Kings


Points: 98

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: P3

Games left: 1

Next game: @ VAN (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 92

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: @ STL (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Vancouver Canucks


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. LA (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - San Jose Sharks


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: @ EDM (Thursday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Anaheim Ducks


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 1

Next game: @ DAL (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 2

Next game: vs. SJ (Friday)

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 can 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: 53

Regulation wins: 15



2. Arizona Coyotes


Points: 55

Regulation wins: 17



3. Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22



4. Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 20



5. New Jersey Devils


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 19



6. Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 16



7. Ottawa Senators


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 25



8. Detroit Red Wings


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 20



9. Buffalo Sabres


Points: 73

Regulation wins: 25



10. Anaheim Ducks


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 22



11. San Jose Sharks


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 22



12. Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 25



13. New York Islanders


Points: 82

Regulation wins: 32



14. Winnipeg Jets


Points: 85

Regulation wins: 30



15. Vancouver Canucks


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 32



16. Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 91

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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