Thanks to some early start times, Sunday’s NHL schedule gives us another “all-day hockey” feel, and it starts off with arguably the best matchup of the day as the Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Though neither team has officially clinched a playoff spot yet, both appear to be well on their way; the Bruins currently sit third in the Atlantic Division and would play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, while the Caps possess the East’s No. 2 wild card, and would take on the Florida Panthers. Boston has won the first two games in the season series (7-3 in D.C. on Jan. 10, and 4-3 in Boston on Jan. 20).

Later in the day, we’ll be keeping an eye on two other matchups of likely playoff teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Nashville Predators, and the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Minnesota Wild.

As we enter the final stretch of the 2021-22 regular season, it’s time to check in on all the playoff races — along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2022 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via FiveThirtyEight. Tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Today’s games
Last night’s scores
Expanded standings
Race for No. 1 pick

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

A1 Florida Panthers vs. WC2 Washington Capitals
A2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. A3 Boston Bruins
M1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC1 Tampa Bay Lightning
M2 New York Rangers vs. M3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

C1 Colorado Avalanche vs. WC2 Dallas Stars
C2 St. Louis Blues vs. C3 Minnesota Wild
P1 Calgary Flames vs. WC1 Nashville Predators
P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings


Today’s games

Note: All times Eastern. All out-of-market, non-TNT games available on ESPN+

Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 p.m. (TNT)
Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning, 5 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild, 5 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks at Carolina Hurricanes, 6 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.


Last night’s scoreboard

Watch In the Crease on ESPN+ for highlights from every game.

New Jersey Devils 3, Dallas Stars 1
Washington Capitals 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Florida Panthers 4, Nashville Predators 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT)
New York Rangers 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Calgary Flames 4, Seattle Kraken 1
Anaheim Ducks 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3
St. Louis Blues 6, New York Islanders 1
Colorado Avalanche 2, Edmonton Oilers 1 (SO)
Vancouver Canucks 4, San Jose Sharks 2
Vegas Golden Knights 6, Arizona Coyotes 1


Expanded standings

Atlantic Division

x – Florida Panthers

Points: 108
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff position: A1
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. ANA (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

x – Toronto Maple Leafs

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 40
Playoff position: A2
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. BUF (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Boston Bruins

Points: 95
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff position: A3
Games left: 11
Next game: @ WSH (Sunday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

Tampa Bay Lightning

Points: 94
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff position: WC1
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. BUF (Sunday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

e – Detroit Red Wings

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. OTT (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

e – Buffalo Sabres

Points: 63
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 9
Next game: @ TB (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

e – Ottawa Senators

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. WPG (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

e – Montreal Canadiens

Points: 51
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. WPG (Monday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Metropolitan Division

x – Carolina Hurricanes

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 40
Playoff position: M1
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. ANA (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

x – New York Rangers

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff position: M2
Games left: 9
Next game: vs. CAR (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Pittsburgh Penguins

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff position: M3
Games left: 9
Next game: vs. NSH (Sunday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

Washington Capitals

Points: 88
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: WC2
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. BOS (Sunday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

New York Islanders

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. PIT (Tuesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 9

Columbus Blue Jackets

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 9
Next game: vs. MTL (Wednesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 4

e – Philadelphia Flyers

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ WSH (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

e – New Jersey Devils

Points: 56
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ ARI (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Central Division

x – Colorado Avalanche

Points: 110
Regulation wins: 42
Playoff position: C1
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. LA (Wednesday)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

St. Louis Blues

Points: 94
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff position: C2
Games left: 10
Next game: @ BOS (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

Minnesota Wild

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: C3
Games left: 12
Next game: vs. LA (Sunday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

Nashville Predators

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff position: WC1
Games left: 11
Next game: @ PIT (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 94%
Tragic number: N/A

Dallas Stars

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: WC2
Games left: 11
Next game: @ CHI (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 77%
Tragic number: N/A

Winnipeg Jets

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ OTT (Sunday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 13

e – Chicago Blackhawks

Points: 59
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. DAL (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

e – Arizona Coyotes

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. NJ (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Pacific Division

Calgary Flames

Points: 97
Regulation wins: 39
Playoff position: P1
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. SEA (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: >99%
Tragic number: N/A

Edmonton Oilers

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 33
Playoff position: P2
Games left: 9
Next game: @ MIN (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 97%
Tragic number: N/A

Los Angeles Kings

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: P3
Games left: 9
Next game: @ MIN (Sunday)
Playoff chances: 70%
Tragic number: N/A

Vegas Golden Knights

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 9
Next game: @ VAN (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 53%
Tragic number: 18

Vancouver Canucks

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 9
Next game: vs. VGK (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 9%
Tragic number: 14

Anaheim Ducks

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 9
Next game: @ CAR (Sunday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 4

San Jose Sharks

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: @ NSH (Tuesday)
Playoff chances:
Tragic number: 5

e – Seattle Kraken

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ CGY (Tuesday)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


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. As of 2021, a team may move up a maximum of 10 spots if it wins the lottery, so only 11 teams are eligible for the draw for the No. 1 pick. Full details on the process can be found here.

1. Arizona Coyotes

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16

2. Montreal Canadiens

Points: 51
Regulation wins: 14

3. Seattle Kraken

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 20

4. New Jersey Devils

Points: 56
Regulation wins: 17

5. Philadelphia Flyers

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 18

6. Ottawa Senators

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 22

7. Chicago Blackhawks

Points: 59
Regulation wins: 15

8. Buffalo Sabres

Points: 63
Regulation wins: 20

9. Detroit Red Wings

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 17

10. San Jose Sharks

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 20

11. Anaheim Ducks

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 20

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 23

13. New York Islanders

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 31

14. Winnipeg Jets

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 26

15. Vancouver Canucks

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 29

16. Vegas Golden Knights

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 32