NHL playoff bracket update: Here come the Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final last spring, and with much of the roster returning, there was hope that they'd be a top contender again in 2019-20. Instead, it's been an up-and-down season for Rod Brind'Amour's crew, as they've battled a number of injuries to key players. But are they getting hot at the right time? The Canes' dominant 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday catapulted them into the second wild-card spot. Of the Canes' 15 remaining games, eight are against teams currently in playoff position, and they have one left against the New York Islanders, who are nipping at their heels.

Here's where things stand throughout the league heading into Monday's five-game slate, including Washington Capitals-Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche-Los Angeles Kings streaming live on ESPN+.

Note: Playoff chances are courtesy of Money Puck, while tragic numbers are per the NHL's Damian Echevarrieta.

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Race for No. 1 pick | Current playoff matchups



Eastern Conference





Boston Bruins


Points: 98

Regulation wins: 37

Playoff position: Atlantic 1

Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 10: @ PHI

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 92

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: Atlantic 2

Games left: 13 (7 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 10: @ TOR

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: Atlantic 3

Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. TB

Playoff chances: 78.3%

Tragic number: N/A



Washington Capitals


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: Metro 1

Games left: 14 (8 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 9: @ BUF

Playoff chances: 99.9%

Tragic number: N/A



Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: Metro 2

Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. BOS

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 84

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: Metro 3

Games left: 14 (6 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 10: @ NJ

Playoff chances: 90.7%

Tragic number: N/A



Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: Wild card 1

Games left: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 12: vs. PIT

Playoff chances: 51.7%

Tragic number: N/A



Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Wild card 2

Games left: 15 (7 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 10: @ DET

Playoff chances: 82.6%

Tragic number: N/A



New York Islanders


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 15 (6 home, 9 away)

Next game: March 10: @ VAN

Playoff chances: 47.0%

Tragic number: 31



New York Rangers


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (5 home, 9 away)

Next game: March 10: @ DAL

Playoff chances: 14.3%

Tragic number: 26



Florida Panthers


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (6 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 9: @ STL

Playoff chances: 33.8%

Tragic number: 26



Montreal Canadiens


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. NSH

Playoff chances: 1.6%

Tragic number: 17



New Jersey Devils


Points: 68

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (8 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. PIT

Playoff chances: 0.1%

Tragic number: 18



Buffalo Sabres


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 9: vs. WSH

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 16



Ottawa Senators


Points: 62

Regulation wins: 18

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (4 home, 9 away)

Next game: March 10: @ ANA

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 10



Detroit Red Wings


Points: 39

Regulation wins: 13

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 8: vs. TB

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: Eliminated

Western Conference





St. Louis Blues


Points: 92

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: Central 1

Games left: 13 (7 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 9: vs. FLA

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Colorado Avalanche


Points: 90

Regulation wins: 37

Playoff position: Central 2

Games left: 14 (9 home, 5 away)

Next game: March 9: @ LA

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 82

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Central 3

Games left: 14 (8 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. NYR

Playoff chances: 97.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 84

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: Pacific 1

Games left: 12 (4 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 9: @ EDM

Playoff chances: 98.8%

Tragic number: N/A



Edmonton Oilers


Points: 82

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: Pacific 2

Games left: 13 (9 home, 4 away)

Next game: March 9: vs. VGS

Playoff chances: 96.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Calgary Flames


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: Pacific 3

Games left: 12 (8 home, 4 away)

Next game: March 12: vs. NYI

Playoff chances: 80.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Minnesota Wild


Points: 77

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: Wild card 1

Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 12: vs. VGS

Playoff chances: 75.4%

Tragic number: N/A



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: Wild card 2

Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. NYI

Playoff chances: 47.6%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (6 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 10: @ MTL

Playoff chances: 39.4%

Tragic number: 29



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 9: vs. ARI

Playoff chances: 30.2%

Tragic number: 27



Arizona Coyotes


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)

Next game: March 9: @ WPG


Playoff chances: 31.3%

Tragic number: 25



Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)

Next game: March 11: vs. SJ

Playoff chances: 3.6%

Tragic number: 21



Anaheim Ducks


Points: 65

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (7 home, 6 away)

Next game: March 10: vs. OTT

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 16



San Jose Sharks


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)

Next game: March 11: @ CHI

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 14



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 60

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 14 (9 home, 5 away)

Next game: March 9: vs. COL

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 13

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. However, whoever does win the draft lottery has a chance to select Alexis Lafreniere.

Find out more about Lafreniere here, read up on the rest of the top draft prospects here, and check out all of our 2020 NHL draft coverage.



Detroit Red Wings


Points: 39

Regulation wins: 13

Chance of No. 1 pick: 18.5%



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 60

Regulation wins: 19

Chance of No. 1 pick: 13.5%



Ottawa Senators


Points: 62

Regulation wins: 18

Chance of No. 1 pick: 11.5%



San Jose Sharks


Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa.

Points: 63

Regulation wins: 22

Chance of No. 1 pick: 9.5%



Anaheim Ducks


Points: 65

Regulation wins: 19

Chance of No. 1 pick: 8.5%



Buffalo Sabres


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 22

Chance of No. 1 pick: 7.5%



New Jersey Devils


Points: 68

Regulation wins: 22

Chance of No. 1 pick: 6.5%



Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 22

Chance of No. 1 pick: 6%



Montreal Canadiens


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 19

Chance of No. 1 pick: 5%



Arizona Coyotes


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 26

Chance of No. 1 pick: 3.5%



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 28

Chance of No. 1 pick: 3%



Nashville Predators


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 27

Chance of No. 1 pick: 2.5%



Florida Panthers


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 29

Chance of No. 1 pick: 2%



New York Rangers


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 30

Chance of No. 1 pick: 1.5%



New York Islanders


Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa (top-3 protected).

Points: 79

Regulation wins: 24

Chance of No. 1 pick: 1%

Current playoff matchups



(A1) Bruins vs. (WC2) Hurricanes

(A2) Lightning vs. (A3) Maple Leafs

(M1) Capitals vs. (WC1) Blue Jackets

(M2) Flyers vs. (M3) Penguins

(P1) Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Wild

(P2) Oilers vs. (P3) Flames

(C1) Blues vs. (WC2) Canucks

(C2) Avalanche vs. (C3) Stars

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