NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2019 playoffs

first_img2. Colorado Avalanche (90 points, 36 ROW)Remaining games:  0Home record:  21-14-6Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Avalanche secured the final playoff spot in the West on Thursday night. The 2019 NHL playoff picture is coming into focus, with the 15 teams set, and seeding still to be determined.With teams in the final week of the regular season schedule, the playoff pairings are starting to become clearer. Here’s how the 2019 Stanley Cup playoff bracket looks at this very minute.Last updated: April 4MORE: Updated odds, predictions for 2019 NHL playoff spotsNHL standings: Eastern ConferenceAtlantic Division1. Tampa Bay Lightning (128 points, 56 ROW)Remaining games: Home record:  32-7-2Playoff probability:  Clinched Presidents’ TrophyThe Lightning has stormed their way through the regular season, and now just need to stay sharp ahead of the start of the postseason.2. Boston Bruins (107 points, 47 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  29-9-3Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthThe Bruins are going to face the Maple Leafs in the first round, which is a favorable matchup.3. Toronto Maple Leafs (100 points, 46 ROW)Remaining games:   0Home record: 23-16-2Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Leafs are backing into the playoffs and will need to return to form if they want to have a chance against Boston in Round 1.MORE: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin makes NHL history after scoring 50th goalMetropolitan Division1. Washington Capitals (104 points, 44 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  24-11-6Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Capitals are fending off the Islanders for the division title, but the defending champs should also start preparing for Columbus, Carolina or Montreal.2. New York Islanders (103 points, 43 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record: 24-13-4Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthIt’s a surprise to see the Islanders here after they missed the playoffs the previous two years, but now they prepare for the Penguins.3. Pittsburgh Penguins (100 points, 42 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record: 23-14-4Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Penguins overcame a slow start to get themselves back into a playoff spot and now brace themselves for the Islanders.MORE: Bruins’ Brad Marchand remains distinctly polarizing in player pollWild cards1. Carolina Hurricanes (99 points, 44 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  24-13-4Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Hurricanes are back in the postseason for the first time since 2009.2. Columbus Blue Jackets (98 points, 44 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  22-17-2Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthColumbus secures its postseason spot in dramatic fashion on the second-to-last night of the regular season.MORE: Ranking the best Hurricanes’ celebrations from 2018-19NHL standings: Western ConferenceCentral Division1. Nashville Predators (100 points, 43 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record: 25-14-2Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthThe Predators won’t repeat as President’s Trophy winners, but they’ll get another shot at the big dance.2. Winnipeg Jets (99 points, 45 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  25-12-4Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthThe Jets picked a bad time to start slumping, but they are still very much in control of their destiny.3. St. Louis Blues (99 points, 42 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  24-15-2Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthThe Blues have a very real shot at clinching a tight Central Division with an end-of-season hot streak.MORE: The Blues are in the playoffs and we’re just as surprised as youPacific Division1. Calgary Flames (107 points, 50 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record: 26-10-5Playoff probability: Clinched division titleThe highest-scoring team in the West, the Flames will be out to do some damage come playoff time.2. San Jose Sharks (101 points, 46 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record:  25-11-5Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthThe Sharks limp into the home stretch despite scoring seemingly at will this season.3. Vegas Golden Knights (93 points, 40 ROW)Remaining games: 0Home record: 24-12-5Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berthNo longer surprising anyone, Vegas still gets into the postseason with a chance to make some history.  Wild cards1. Dallas Stars (93 points, 42 ROW)Remaining games:  0Home record:  24-14-3Playoff probability:  Clinched playoff berthHaving clinched with two games remaining, the Stars look forward to the postseason.last_img