NHL Playoff Bracket Scenarios – Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche in focus on Wednesday

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Tim KavanaghESPN.com

CloseTim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York.

We’ve reached the final three games to determine the winner of the West Division and the Presidents’ Trophy for the team with the best regular season record for the 2021 NHL season.

The Vegas Golden Knights have a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche, and the two teams split the season series 4-4; if the teams tie in standings points, it will go to regulation wins, where the Avs have the edge.

Vegas’ final game is Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks (streaming live on ESPN+). The Golden Knights have won all seven previous games against the Sharks this season, but that just means San Jose is due for a win, right?

Meanwhile, the Avs will host the Los Angeles Kings (also streaming live on ESPN+). The Kings have taken one game in the season series, but it was all the way back on Jan. 21. The two teams will face off again Thursday night.

Having reached 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 draft lottery.

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

Jump ahead:Current playoff matchupsRace for No. 1 pick

East Division

Points: 77Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: E1Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 77Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: E2Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 73Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: E3Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 71Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: E4Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 60Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 58Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 37Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Central Division

Points: 80Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: C1Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 79Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: C2Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 75Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: C3Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 64Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: C4Games left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 60Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 55Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 48Regulation wins: 16Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 48Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

North Divisionplay

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Blake Wheeler’s two goals cap off a perfect night for the Jets as they blank the struggling Canucks 5-0.

Points: 76Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: N1Games left: 2Next game: @ OTT (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 70Regulation wins: 31Playoff position: N2Games left: 2Next game: @ MTL (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 61Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N3Games left: 1Next game: vs. TOR (May 14)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58Regulation wins: 20Playoff position: N4Games left: 1Next game: vs. EDM (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 49Regulation wins: 20Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: vs. VAN (May 13)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 49Regulation wins: 18Playoff position: N/AGames left: 1Next game: vs. TOR (May 12)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: @ CGY (May 13)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

West Division

Points: 80Regulation wins: 29Playoff position: W1Games left: 1Next game: @ SJ (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 78Regulation wins: 33Playoff position: W2Games left: 2Next game: vs. LA (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 75Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: W3Games left: 2Next game: @ STL (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 59Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: W4Games left: 2Next game: vs. MIN (May 12)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 54Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 49Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 2Next game: @ COL (May 12)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 49Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 1Next game: vs. VGS (May 12)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 43Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 0Next game: N/APlayoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Current playoff matchupsEast Division

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

Central Division

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

North Division

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

West Division

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 4 St. Louis BluesNo. 2 Colorado Avalanche 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.

• Who will be the top pick this summer? »• Early top-32 prospect rankings »• How COVID-19 will impact evaluations »

Points: 37Regulation wins: 11

Points: 43Regulation wins: 11

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15

Points: 48Regulation wins: 12

Points: 48Regulation wins: 16

Points: 49Regulation wins: 15

Points: 49Regulation wins: 18

Points: 49Regulation wins: 19

Points: 49Regulation wins: 20

Points: 54Regulation wins: 19

Points: 55Regulation wins: 15

Points: 58Regulation wins: 17

Points: 60Regulation wins: 17

Points: 60Regulation wins: 24

Published: 2021-05-12 12:58:23

Tags: #NHL #Playoff #Bracket #Scenarios #Vegas #Golden #Knights #Colorado #Avalanche #focus #Wednesday

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