NHL playoff watch standings update: The path for the Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers to meet ...

Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon are two of the best hockey players in the world. Neither has come close to winning the Stanley Cup yet, but if things break a certain way this postseason, one of them could be guaranteed a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Avs have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and are in the mix for the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top team overall this regular season. They'll face the West's No. 2 wild card (currently the Dallas Stars) in the first round, followed by the winner of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild series in the second round in order to get to the conference finals. Per Money Puck, the Avs have a 43.4% chance of making it that far.


As for the Oilers, they've got a series forthcoming against the No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division, currently the Los Angeles Kings. Win that one, and they'll face the winner of the series pitting the Calgary Flames against the West's No. 1 wild card (currently the Nashville Predators). Money Puck gives the Oilers a 24.6% chance of getting to the conference finals.

The still-raging Western wild-card race will have much to do with both teams' paths to another showdown. But we'll be keeping a close eye on their game Friday night (9 ET, streaming live ESPN+ for out-of-market subscribers) to get a preview of this possible future matchup.

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

Tonight's games


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

Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.

Seattle Kraken at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. (NHLN)

Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m.

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes, 10:30 p.m.

Last night's scoreboard


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

Philadelphia Flyers 6, Montreal Canadiens 3

Florida Panthers 5, Detroit Red Wings 2

Buffalo Sabres 5, New Jersey Devils 2

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Boston Bruins 0

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Winnipeg Jets 2

New York Rangers 6, New York Islanders 3

Tampa Bay Lightning 8, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Minnesota Wild 6, Vancouver Canucks 3

Calgary Flames 4, Dallas Stars 2

Los Angeles Kings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

St. Louis Blues 3, San Jose Sharks 1

Expanded standings


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

Atlantic Division




z - Florida Panthers


Points: 118

Regulation wins: 41

Playoff position: A1

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. TOR (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: A2

Games left: 4

Next game: @ FLA (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 102

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: A3

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. NSH (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Boston Bruins


Points: 99

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. NYR (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - Buffalo Sabres


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. NYI (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Detroit Red Wings


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. PIT (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Ottawa Senators


Points: 65

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: @ CBJ (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ OTT (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Metropolitan Division




x - Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 44

Playoff position: M1

Games left: 4

Next game: @ NJ (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - New York Rangers


Points: 108

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: M2

Games left: 4

Next game: @ BOS (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%


Tragic number: N/A



x - Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 99

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: M3

Games left: 4

Next game: @ DET (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Washington Capitals


Points: 97

Regulation wins: 34

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 5

Next game: @ ARI (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



e - New York Islanders


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: @ BUF (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. OTT (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. CAR (Saturday)

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: 5

Next game: @ EDM (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - Minnesota Wild


Points: 105

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: C2

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. SEA (Friday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



x - St. Louis Blues


Points: 105

Regulation wins: 42

Playoff position: C3

Games left: 4

Next game: @ ARI (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 93

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: WC1

Games left: 5

Next game: @ TB (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 98%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 91

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: WC2

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. SEA (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 77%

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: 4

Next game: @ SJ (Saturday

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Arizona Coyotes


Points: 50

Regulation wins: 16

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. WSH (Friday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E

Pacific Division




y - Calgary Flames


Points: 106

Regulation wins: 43

Playoff position: P1


Games left: 4

Next game: vs. VAN (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Edmonton Oilers


Points: 96

Regulation wins: 36

Playoff position: P2

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. COL (Friday)

Playoff chances: >99%

Tragic number: N/A



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 94

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: P3

Games left: 3

Next game: vs. ANA (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 95%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 89

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: vs. SJ (Monday)

Playoff chances: 28%

Tragic number: 7



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 87

Regulation wins: 31

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ CGY (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 2%

Tragic number: 5



e - Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 4

Next game: @ LA (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - San Jose Sharks


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 21

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 5

Next game: vs. CHI (Saturday)

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: E



e - Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 6

Next game: @ MIN (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 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. Arizona Coyotes


Points: 50

Regulation wins: 16



2. Montreal Canadiens


Points: 51

Regulation wins: 14



3. Seattle Kraken


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 22



4. Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 59

Regulation wins: 19



5. New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19



6. Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 63

Regulation wins: 15



7. Ottawa Senators


Points: 65

Regulation wins: 24



8. Detroit Red Wings


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 19



9. Buffalo Sabres


Points: 71

Regulation wins: 24



10. San Jose Sharks


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 21



11. Anaheim Ducks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 21



12. Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 76

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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