As we turn towards the back half of the month of April, we are heading towards the end of the regular season for the NHL. We have a good idea of who’s in and who’s out, but where will the seedings fall? There are still spots up for grabs which will make the last two weeks very interesting for teams still left fighting.
Almost every team should have less than 10 games remaining this season. For the teams who have been eliminated, they can start planning and packing for the Bahamas. For the other teams still left fighting, throw away those razors because you could be in store for a long spring and early summer. With that in mind, it’s time to take a closer look at which teams are in and out of the postseason so you can keep planning your bets against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
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Besides seeding, the entire Eastern Conference is set on who’s in and who is getting ready for vacation. Out of the Atlantic Division, the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens are all heading towards the offseason. The Florida Panthers are the top team in the Atlantic Division this season.
From the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, and the Philadelphia Flyers are all heading home. The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers are tied for the top spot in that division.
From the Western Conference, both divisions still have playoff spots available. Just the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes have been eliminated from the Central Division. The Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, and the Dallas Stars are all fighting for the final spot. The Stars could be the other wild card, depending on what happens in the Pacific Division.
Out of the Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and the Seattle Kraken have been eliminated from postseason play. The Calgary Flames have yet to clinch the division but hold a seven-point lead on the Edmonton Oilers.
From the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and the Carolina Hurricanes have all clinched a spot. Washington and Pittsburgh are battling for the three and four spots in the division while New York and Carolina battle for first and second.
From the Atlantic Division, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Florida Panthers have all clinched playoff spots. The Lightning are not the favorite but are looking to win their third Stanley Cup in a row. Florida has battled issues all season, but they still produce and win games.
Projected Matchups & More
Right now, it is too close to tell on the projected matchups, but if the season ended today, the top two teams would be the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche. Florida would be set to take on the Washington Capitals. The Avalanche would have a date set with the Nashville Predators.
That would leave the two seeds to the top wild card teams and the second and third place division finishers to battle it out in the first round.