NHL playoff bracket update: Beware the Flames?

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It appears that the Pacific Division title is going to come down to the final games of the season. The top three teams are now within three points of one another after the Calgary Flames dispatched the Arizona Coyotes in a 3-2 win on Friday night. The Flames are behind the Vegas Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers in the regulation wins column but have two more games against Vegas and their final game of the season against Edmonton.

Here’s where things stand throughout the league heading into Saturday’s 10-game slate, including Carolina HurricanesNew York Islanders and Nashville PredatorsDallas Stars 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

Points: 98
Regulation wins: 37
Playoff position: Atlantic 1
Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. TB
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 89
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff position: Atlantic 2
Games left: 15 (7 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: @ BOS
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: Atlantic 3
Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 10: vs. TB
Playoff chances: 81.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: Metro 1
Games left: 15 (8 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 7: @ PIT
Playoff chances: 99.8%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 87
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: Metro 2
Games left: 15 (8 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. BUF
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Metro 3
Games left: 16 (8 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. WSH
Playoff chances: 95.0%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 14 (5 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: @ EDM
Playoff chances: 46.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 16 (7 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. CAR
Playoff chances: 49.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (6 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. NJ
Playoff chances: 31.3%
Tragic number: 29

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 17 (8 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: @ NYI
Playoff chances: 67.4%
Tragic number: 32

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (7 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. MTL
Playoff chances: 23.7%
Tragic number: 27

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: @ FLA
Playoff chances: 4.6%
Tragic number: 20

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (7 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: @ PHI
Playoff chances: 0.1%
Tragic number: 19

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 21
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (8 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 7: @ NYR
Playoff chances: 0.1%
Tragic number: 19

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 14 (4 home, 10 away)
Next game: March 7: @ SJ
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 11

Points: 37
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 8: vs. TB
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: Eliminated


Western Conference

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: Central 1
Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 8: @ CHI
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 88
Regulation wins: 36
Playoff position: Central 2
Games left: 15 (9 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 8: @ SJ
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Central 3
Games left: 15 (9 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. NSH
Playoff chances: 97.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: Pacific 1
Games left: 13 (4 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 8: @ CGY
Playoff chances: 97.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: Pacific 2
Games left: 14 (10 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. CBJ
Playoff chances: 92.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: Pacific 3
Games left: 13 (9 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 8: vs. VGS
Playoff chances: 85.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 15 (8 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 8: vs. CBJ
Playoff chances: 55.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 9: vs. ARI
Playoff chances: 30.5%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (6 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: @ LA
Playoff chances: 75.7%
Tragic number: 30

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (6 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 7: @ DAL
Playoff chances: 30.0%
Tragic number: 29

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 9: @ WPG
Playoff chances: 28.4%
Tragic number: 25

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 14 (9 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 8: vs. STL
Playoff chances: 6.2%
Tragic number: 23

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 14 (8 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 8: vs. MIN
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 17

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (7 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. OTT
Playoff chances: 0.1%
Tragic number: 17

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 15 (10 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 7: vs. MIN
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.

Points: 37
Regulation wins: 13
Chance of No. 1 pick: 18.5%

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 18
Chance of No. 1 pick: 13.5%

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 18
Chance of No. 1 pick: 11.5%

Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 9.5%

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 19
Chance of No. 1 pick: 8.5%

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 21
Chance of No. 1 pick: 7.5%

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6.5%

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6%

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 19
Chance of No. 1 pick: 5%

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3.5%

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3%

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 28
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2.5%

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 25
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2%

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 30
Chance of No. 1 pick: 1.5%

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 30
Chance of No. 1 pick: 1%


Current playoff matchups

(A1) Bruins vs. (WC2) Islanders
(A2) Lightning vs. (A3) Maple Leafs
(M1) Capitals vs. (WC1) Blue Jackets
(M2) Flyers vs. (M3) Penguins
(P1) Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Canucks
(P2) Oilers vs. (P3) Flames
(C1) Blues vs. (WC2) Jets
(C2) Avalanche vs. (C3) Stars

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