NHL Playoff Watch Daily – Who wants the West’s No. 4 seed?

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Tim KavanaghESPN.com

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

The West Division has given us the first three teams to clinch playoff spots in 2021: the Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks have combined for nine wins and 23 losses since April 5, and none made any big additions at the trade deadline on April 12 as they engage in a battle royale for the final spot. Monday’s action should give us our next set of clues as to the identity of the West’s final playoff participant.

The Yotes will visit the Sharks, and Arizona has a 3-1 lead in the season series thus far; the pair will square off again Wednesday. The Blues have a tougher task, hosting the Avs. Colorado leads that season series 5-2, but St. Louis did win 5-3 on Saturday. Finally, the Kings will renew hostilities with their metropolitan area rivals the Anaheim Ducks (streaming live on ESPN+), with that season series square at two games apiece.

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 matchupsRace for No. 1 pick

East Divisionplay

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Mika Zibanejad tallies two goals in the first period and adds another in the second of the Rangers’ 6-3 win over the Sabres.

Points: 67Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: E1Games left: 7Next game: vs. BOS (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 66Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: E2Games left: 8Next game: vs. NYI (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 99.9%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 63Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: E3Games left: 8Next game: @ WSH (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 97.9%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 60Regulation wins: 20Playoff position: E4Games left: 9Next game: @ PIT (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 94.5%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 56Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: N/AGames left: 7Next game: vs. BUF (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 7.5%Tragic number: 11

Points: 51Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 8Next game: @ NJ (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 0.2%Tragic number: 7

Points: 35Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 8Next game: vs. PHI (Apr. 27Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 33Regulation wins: 10Playoff position: N/AGames left: 7Next game: @ NYR (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Central Divisionplay

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Brayden Point sets up Victor Hedman for the game-winning goal in overtime of the Lightning’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Discover Central Division could have only one #StanleyCup Playoffs spot available after tonight’s action as the @Canes, @FlaPanthers and @TBLightning all are in position to clinch Monday. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/hi2xlVQi9N

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 26, 2021

Points: 68Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: C1Games left: 9Next game: @ DAL (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 67Regulation wins: 22Playoff position: C2Games left: 7Next game: @ NSH (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 66Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: C3Games left: 8Next game: @ CHI (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 54Regulation wins: 18Playoff position: C4Games left: 7Next game: vs. FLA (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 60.2%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 52Regulation wins: 16Playoff position: N/AGames left: 9Next game: vs. CAR (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 38.5%Tragic number: 16

Points: 49Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 8Next game: vs. TB (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 1.3%Tragic number: 11

Points: 42Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 6Next game: @ CBJ (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 40Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 6Next game: vs. DET (Apr. 27)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

North Division

Points: 65Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: N1Games left: 8Next game: @ MTL (Apr. 28)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 57Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: N2Games left: 9Next game: vs. EDM (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 99.7%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 56Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: N3Games left: 11Next game: @ WPG (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 99.6%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 49Regulation wins: 18Playoff position: N4Games left: 10Next game: @ CGY (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 72.3%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 45Regulation wins: 18Playoff position: N/AGames left: 9Next game: vs. MTL (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 21.2%Tragic number: 14

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13Playoff position: N/AGames left: 15Next game: @ OTT (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 7.2%Tragic number: 22

Points: 38Regulation wins: 13Playoff position: N/AGames left: 8Next game: vs. VAN (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: 5

West Division

Points: 70Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: W1Games left: 9Next game: vs. COL (Apr. 28)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 66Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: W2Games left: 11Next game: @ STL (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 65Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: W3Games left: 9Next game: vs. STL (Apr. 28)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 47Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: W4Games left: 8Next game: @ SJ (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 38.6%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 46Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 11Next game: vs. COL (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 50.4%Tragic number: 21

Points: 41Regulation wins: 12Playoff position: N/AGames left: 9Next game: vs. ARI (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 3.3%Tragic number: 12

Points: 40Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 11Next game: vs. ANA (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 7.7%Tragic number: 15

Points: 35Regulation wins: 9Playoff position: N/AGames left: 8Next game: @ LA (Apr. 26)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: 4

Current playoff matchupsEast Division

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

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 Winnipeg Jets vs. No. 3 Edmonton Oilers

West Division

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 4 Arizona CoyotesNo. 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: 33Regulation wins: 10

Points: 35Regulation wins: 9

Points: 35Regulation wins: 11

Points: 38Regulation wins: 13

Points: 40Regulation wins: 11

Points: 40Regulation wins: 15

Points: 41Regulation wins: 12

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13

Points: 42Regulation wins: 15

Points: 45Regulation wins: 18

Points: 46Regulation wins: 14

Points: 49Regulation wins: 14

Points: 51Regulation wins: 14

Points: 52Regulation wins: 16

Points: 56Regulation wins: 22

Published: 2021-04-26 15:54:05

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