NHL Rankings: Ranking Scenarios, Breakdown for Last 2021 Playoff Places

NHL Rankings: Ranking Scenarios, Breakdown for Last 2021 Playoff Places

The 2021 NHL season is drawing to a close, although the official season end date 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 the official start of the playoffs, the playoff races are heating up as a number of teams remain in the running. With teams playing only opponents in their own division, every game creates a four-point swing and there’s a good chance the positioning won’t be decided until the divisions finish their matches.

Unlike in previous years, this season, four teams will advance from each of the four divisions, with the seed facing the fourth seed and the No.2 to No.3. The winners will then face off before the champions of each. division do meet in the semi-finals.

Here’s what the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff range looks like this minute.

Last updated: 12:44 a.m.ET on May 1.

All the probabilities of Sports club statistics.

2021 NHL Playoff Standings

East Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins (71 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: PHI (2), BUF (2)
Percentage of points: 0.683
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

The penguins excluded the Caps on Saturday night to take first place.

2. Washington Capitals (69 points, 26 RW)

Games remaining: 5
Other opponents: NYR (2), PHI (2), BOS
Percentage of points: 0.676
Playoff probability: playoff spot won

See: Penguins

3. New York Islanders (67 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: BUF (2), NJD (2), BOS (1)
Percentage of points: 0.657
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

The Islanders likely put the final nail in the Rangers’ coffin with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday.

4. Boston Bruins (66 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: NJD (2), NYR (2), NYI, WSH
Percentage of points: 0.660
Probability in playoffs: 99.3%

The Bruins beat the Sabers on Saturday to widen the gap.

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5. New York Rangers (58 points, 23 RW)

Games remaining: 4
Other opponents: WSH (2), BOS (2)
Percentage of points: .558
Playoff probability: 0.9%

The Rangers are pretty much done.

Officially eliminated from competition: New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabers, Philadelphia Flyers

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (71 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: MTL (2), VAN, OTT, WPG
Percentage of points: 0.696
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

It seems increasingly likely that the Maple Leafs have won the organization’s Premier League title since 2000.

2. Edmonton Oilers (62 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: DE (5), MTL (2)
Percentage of points: 0.633
Probability in playoffs: 100%

The Oilers won the final battle of Alberta and, quite possibly, sent the Flames to golf.

3. Winnipeg Jets (57 points, 21 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: OTT (2), CGY, VAN (2), TOR
Percentage of points: 0.570
Probability in playoffs: 99.9%

Winnipeg was in slow motion on Saturday and saw them lose ground to the Oilers – and the Canadiens, too.

4. Montreal Canadiens (55 points, 20 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: TOR (3), OTT, EDM (2)
Percentage of points: 0.550
Probability in playoffs: 91.2%

Cole Caufield. Winner of the overtime game. First goal in the NHL.

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5. Calgary Flames (47 points, 19 RW)

Games remaining: 6
Other opponents: WPG, OTT, VAN (4)
Percentage of points: .470
Playoff odds: 7.9%

With a loss for the Flames and a victory for the Canadiens, it looks like the Flames will soon hit the ties.

Flames vs Oilers: Battle of Alberta 2021 10-game recaps

6. Vancouver Canucks (41 points, 13 RW)

Games left: 11
Other opponents: EDM (5), WPG (2), CGY (4)
Percentage of points: .456
Playoff probability: 0.9%

Ottawa is actually ahead of the Canucks in the standings by two points.

0% playoff chance: Ottawa Senators

Central division

1. Carolina Hurricanes (75 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: CHI (3), NSH (2)
Percentage of points: 0.735
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

With games in hand, the Canes are likely to take the top spot.

2. Florida Panthers (73 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 3
Remaining opponents: DAL, TBL (2)
Percentage of points: 0.689
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

Two more points for Sam Bennett in Saturday’s win over the Blackhawks.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (71 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 5
Remaining opponents: DAL (2), DET, FLA (2)
Percentage of points: 0.696
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

The defending champions are officially present and ready for another Lord Stanley Cup race.

4. Nashville Predators (58 points, 19 RW)

Remaining games: 4
Remaining opponents: CBJ (2), CAR (2)
Percentage of points: 0.558
Probability in playoffs: 68.6%

Nashville picked up a big win on Saturday night against the Stars in overtime.

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5. Dallas Stars (55 points, 16 RW)

Games remaining: 5
Other opponents: TBL (2), FLA, CHI (2)
Percentage of points: .539
Playoff probability: 30.4%

See: Predators

6. Chicago Blackhawks (50 points, 14 RW)

Games remaining: 5
Remaining opponents: CAR (3), DAL (2)
Percentage of points: .490
Playoff odds: 1.0%

While the Blackhawks are pretty much out of the playoffs, no one expected them to be in the conversation in the first place.

Officially eliminated from the competition: Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (74 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: COL, MIN (2), STL (2), SJS
Percentage of points: 0.740
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

Vegas keeps pace with the Hurricanes for the Presidents’ Trophy.

2. Colorado Avalanche (70 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: VGK, SJS (2), LAK (4)
Percentage of points: 0.714
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

The Avalanche kept pace with Vegas for the top spot.

3. Minnesota Wild (68 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 6
Remaining opponents: STL (2), VGK (2), ANA (2)
Percentage of points: 0.680
Probability in playoffs: Place in the playoffs

The Wild cannot finish worse than third.

4. St. Louis Blues (53 points, 16 RW)

Remaining games: 7
Remaining opponents: MIN (2), ANA (2), LAK, VGK (2)
Percentage of points: 0.541
Probability in playoffs: 95.5%

St. Louis lost to the Wild in overtime on Saturday, which means they can only finish fourth if they can hold off the Coyotes.

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5. Arizona Coyotes (50 points, 18 RW)

Games remaining: 4
Other opponents: SJS (2), LAK (2)
Percentage of points: .481
Playoff probability: 3.3%

The Blues lost in overtime. The coyotes lost in overtime. Everything remains static.

6. Los Angeles Kings (44 points, 17 RW)

Games remaining: 7
Remaining opponents: ANA, ARI (2), COL (3), STL
Percentage of points: .449
Playoff odds: 1.2%

The Kings lost to the Ducks, but that wasn’t the story. Ryan Miller, the best goaltender in NHL history for US-born goaltenders, in what should be his last game in the NHL, took the win. No. 391

0% Playoff Chance: San Jose Sharks

Officially Eliminated from Restraint: Anaheim Ducks



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