NHL Playoff Watch Daily – Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins in key Sunday showdown


There are six games on the Sunday schedule in the NHL, and four of those six matchups are within the East Division.

A quick glance at the standings shows that a “Big Four” has emerged; while the New York Rangers are finishing the season out strong, the team they’re chasing for the final playoff slot — the Boston Bruins — has a four-point lead with two games in hand. One of those remaining games for Boston is hosting the division-leading Washington Capitals at high noon ET on Sunday.

The season series is tied 3-3, although the most recent contest was a bit lopsided. The Caps won 8-1 in Zdeno Chara‘s first game back in front of Boston fans after he signed with Washington this offseason. Bruins trade addition Taylor Hall comes in to the game on a hot streak, with a goal in two straight games.

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

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

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Race for No. 1 pick

East Division

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Alex Ovechkin scores a couple goals from distance helping the Capitals take down the Flyers.

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: E1
Games left: 11
Next game: @ BOS (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 98.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 59
Regulation wins: 21
Playoff position: E2
Games left: 12
Next game: @ BUF (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 99.1%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: E3
Games left: 12
Next game: @ PHI (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 92.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 54
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: E4
Games left: 14
Next game: vs. WSH (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 89.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 50
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12
Next game: @ NJ (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 19.2%
Tragic number: 21

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12
Next game: vs. NYI (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 1%
Tragic number: 16

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13
Next game: vs. NYR (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 6

Points: 29
Regulation wins: 8
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12
Next game: vs. PIT (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Central Division

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Jani Hakanpaa scores from distance off the faceoff giving Carolina the lead for good over Nashville in the third period.

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 21
Playoff position: C1
Games left: 13
Next game: @ TB (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 61
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: C2
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. CBJ (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: C3
Games left: 12
Next game: vs. CAR (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 49
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: C4
Games left: 10
Next game: vs. CHI (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 28.1%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: @ NSH (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 10.4%
Tragic number: 20

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13
Next game: vs. DET (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 61.5%
Tragic number: 23

Points: 39
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ FLA (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 10

Points: 38
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 10
Next game: @ DAL (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 9


North Division

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Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi scores the one-timer from up close helping Edmonton take down Winnipeg 3-0.

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N1
Games left: 12
Next game: @ VAN (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 21
Playoff position: N2
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. TOR (Apr. 22)
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 54
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: N3
Games left: 13
Next game: vs. MTL (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 99.2%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N4
Games left: 14
Next game: @ EDM (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 76.8%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 41
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12
Next game: vs. OTT (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 20.3%
Tragic number: 18

Points: 35
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 19
Next game: vs. TOR (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 3.8%
Tragic number: 26

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: @ CGY (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 9


West Division

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Coyotes’ Michael Bunting redirects the puck in the front of the net giving Phoenix the 3-2 win.

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: W1
Games left: 13
Next game: @ STL (Apr. 22)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: W2
Games left: 13
Next game: @ ANA (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: W3
Games left: 13
Next game: @ ARI (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 45
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: W4
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. MIN (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 45.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 44
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13
Next game: vs. COL (Apr. 22)
Playoff chances: 33.3%
Tragic number: 25

Points: 40
Regulation wins: 12
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12
Next game: @ VGS (Apr. 19)
Playoff chances: 9.8%
Tragic number: 19

Points: 38
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 14
Next game: vs. ANA (Apr. 20)
Playoff chances: 11.1%
Tragic number: 21

Points: 35
Regulation wins: 9
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11
Next game: vs. VGS (Apr. 18)
Playoff chances: 0.2%
Tragic number: 12


Current playoff matchups

East Division

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins
No. 2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 3 New York Islanders

Central Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators
No. 2 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

North Division

No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 4 Montreal Canadiens
No. 2 Winnipeg Jets vs. No. 3 Edmonton Oilers

West Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 Arizona Coyotes
No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 3 Minnesota Wild


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. New for 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.

Points: 29
Regulation wins: 8

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 35
Regulation wins: 9

Points: 35
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 38
Regulation wins: 14

Points: 38
Regulation wins: 14

Points: 39
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 40
Regulation wins: 12

Points: 41
Regulation wins: 16

Points: 44
Regulation wins: 13

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 13

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 15

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 14

Points: 50
Regulation wins: 19





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