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NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs

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The NHL’s 2021 season is winding down, although the official end date of the season is still undetermined. As of now, the last regular-season game is scheduled for May 19, when the Flames host the Canucks.

Regardless of when things officially end and when the playoffs officially begin, the playoff races are heating up as a number of teams remain in the hunt. With teams only playing opponents in their own division, each game creates a four-point swing and there’s a good chance that positioning won’t be decided till the divisions wrap up their games.

Unlike in previous years, this season four teams will advance from each of the four divisions, with the top seed facing the fourth seed and No. 2 taking on No. 3. The winners will then face off before the champs of each division meet in the semifinals.

Here’s how the 2021 Stanley Cup playoff bracket looks at this very minute.

Last updated: 10:37 p.m. ET on May 11.

All probabilities from Sports Club Stats.

NHL playoff standings 2021

East Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (77 points, 29 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .688
  • Playoff probability: Clinched division title

Pittsburgh is your East Division champ.

2. Washington Capitals (77 points, 29 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .688
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Capitals beat the Bruins on Tuesday night to close their season but lost the division title race.

3. Boston Bruins (73 points, 25 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .652
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Bruins lost to the Capitals on Tuesday night while largely playing their backups. They will face Washington in the first round on Saturday.

4. New York Islanders (71 points, 24 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .634
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

It’ll be Islanders-Penguins in the first round.

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Officially eliminated from contention: New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (76 points, 28 RW)

  • Remaining games: 2
  • Remaining opponents: Ottawa (Wednesday), Winnipeg (Friday)
  • Points percentage: .704
  • Playoff probability: Clinched division title

The Maple Leafs captured the organization’s first division title since 2000 with a win over the Canadiens on Saturday.

2. Edmonton Oilers (70 points, 31 RW)

  • Remaining games: 2
  • Remaining opponents: Montreal (Wednesday), Vancouver (Saturday)
  • Points percentage: .648
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Connor McDavid netted the game-winning goal and is now at 102 points.

3. Winnipeg Jets (61 points, 23 RW)

  • Remaining games: 1
  • Remaining opponents: Toronto (Friday)
  • Points percentage: .555
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

A 5-0 shutout win over the Canucks helped the Jets lock up third place in the North Division and set up a first-round date with the Oilers.

4. Montreal Canadiens (58 points, 20 RW)

  • Remaining games: 1
  • Remaining opponents: Edmonton (Wednesday)
  • Points percentage: .527
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Artturi Lehkonen’s game-tying goal in the third period against the Oilers on Monday put the Canadiens in the postseason.

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Officially eliminated from contention: Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks

Central Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes (80 points, 27 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .714
  • Playoff probability: Clinched division title

The Hurricanes lost to their first-round opponent, the Predators, for the second-straight game on Monday.

MORE: Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy talks Stanley Cup playoffs

2. Florida Panthers (79 points, 26 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .700
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Florida beat the Lightning — its first-round opponent — on Saturday and Monday to close out the season.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (75 points, 29 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .670
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The defending champs are officially in and poised for another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.

4. Nashville Predators (64 points, 21 RW)

  • Remaining games: 0
  • Points percentage: .556
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Pekka Rinne backstopped the Predators to a 5-0 win in the team’s regular-season finale — and, what looked like after the game, Rinne’s regular-season career finale.

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Officially eliminated from contention: Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (80 points, 29 RW)

  • Remaining games: 1
  • Remaining opponents: San Jose (Wednesday)
  • Points percentage: .727
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Golden Knights lost 2-1 to the Avalanche on Monday and will have to wait another day to clinch the division title.

2. Colorado Avalanche (78 points, 33 RW)

  • Remaining games: 2
  • Remaining opponents: Los Angeles (Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Points percentage: .722
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

See: Golden Knights.

3. Minnesota Wild (75 points, 27 RW)

  • Remaining games: 2
  • Remaining opponents: St. Louis (Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Points percentage: .694
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Wild beat the Ducks in overtime in Ryan Miller’s last NHL game.

4. St. Louis Blues (59 points, 17 RW)

  • Remaining games: 2
  • Remaining opponents: Minnesota (Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Points percentage: .546
  • Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Blues can’t finish higher than fourth. Now they just have to wait and see who wins the division.

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Officially eliminated from contention: Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings




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