The NHL regular season has yet to wrap up, but the Stanley Cup playoff picture is starting to come into focus. The contenders have separated themselves from the pretenders and there will be plenty of jostling for position over the final week of the season. 

Below you can find the league’s conference standings — including which teams find themselves on the right and wrong side of the playoff bubble — as well as the current playoff matchups if the season were to end today. We’ll keep tabs on important matchups involving Stanley Cup contenders and the odds each team is given as they head into the postseason.

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Contenders in action tonight (Friday, April 6)

  • Senators vs. Penguins, 7:30 pm EST
  • Sabres vs. Lightning, 7:30 pm EST
  • Blues vs. Blackhawks, 8:30 pm EST
  • Stars vs. Ducks, 10 pm EST

Last night’s results


Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference playoff seeding

(y = clinched division, x = clinched playoff berth)

Atlantic Division

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning – x
  2. Boston Bruins – x
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs – x

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals – y
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins – x
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets – x

Eastern Conference Wild Cards

  1. New Jersey Devils – x
  2. Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference playoff seeding

Central Division

  1. Nashville Predators – y
  2. Winnipeg Jets – x
  3. Minnesota Wild – x

Pacific Division

  1. Vegas Golden Knights – y
  2. San Jose Sharks – x
  3. Los Angeles Kings – x

Western Conference Wild Cards

  1. Anaheim Ducks – x
  2. Colorado Avalanche

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (WC No. 2)

Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. New Jersey Devils (WC No. 1)

Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic No. 3)

Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Metro No. 3)

Western Conference

Nashville Predators (Central No.1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC No. 2)

Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (WC No. 1)

Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 2) vs. Minnesota Wild (Central No. 3)

San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 2) vs. Los Angeles Kings (Pacific No. 3)

Current playoff odds

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NHL Draft Lottery odds

  1. Buffalo Sabres (18%)
  2. Ottawa Senators (12.5%)
  3. Arizona Coyotes (10.5%)
  4. Vancouver Canucks (9.5%)
  5. Montreal Canadiens (8.5%)
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