Surveying the scene after a wild Saturday

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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 NHL’s 15-game slate Saturday was just as wild as we’d hoped, with six games requiring overtime or a shootout to decide the victor. And like a motion-sensing spotlight in an alley, the results of those games provided quite a bit of clarity to all of the playoff races.

The New York Islanders punched their ticket to the postseason with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. This was the final regular-season matchup between the clubs at Nassau Memorial Coliseum, and Semyon Varlamov put on a show for the limited capacity crowd, stopping all 28 shots he faced.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Ottawa Senators are now officially eliminated from the playoffs after an overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Though still in the midst of turning the roster over to a new wave of young players, the Sens were a tough out for the rest of the North Division this season, so the future is bright.

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 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

0:40

Penguins’ Bryan Rust scores the first two goals for the Penguins leading them to the 3-0 win over the Capitals.

Points: 71Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: E1Games left: 4Next game: @ PHI (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 69Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: E2Games left: 5Next game: @ NYR (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 67Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: E3Games left: 5Next game: @ BUF (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 66Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: E4Games left: 6Next game: @ NJ (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58Regulation wins: 23Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: vs. WSH (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: 1

Points: 51Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: vs. PIT (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 41Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: vs. BOS (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 33Regulation wins: 10Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: vs. NYI (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Central Divisionplay

0:38

Erik Haula’s goal in overtime is the lone goal of the game as the Predators blank the Stars 1-0.

Points: 75Regulation wins: 25Playoff position: C1Games left: 5Next game: vs. CHI (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 73Regulation wins: 24Playoff position: C2Games left: 3Next game: vs. DAL (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 71Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: C3Games left: 5Next game: @ DET (May 2)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: C4Games left: 4Next game: @ CBJ (May 3)Playoff chances: 82.2%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 55Regulation wins: 16Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: @ FLA (May 3)Playoff chances: 17.8%Tragic number: 7

Points: 50Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: @ CAR (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: 2

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 3Next game: vs. TB (May 2)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 43Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: vs. NSH (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

North Divisionplay

0:21

Connor McDavid scores the first goal of the game for the Oilers and Edmonton never looks back.

Points: 71Regulation wins: 27Playoff position: N1Games left: 5Next game: @ MTL (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 62Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: N2Games left: 7Next game: @ VAN (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 57Regulation wins: 21Playoff position: N3Games left: 6Next game: @ OTT (May 3)Playoff chances: 99.5%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 55Regulation wins: 20Playoff position: N4Games left: 6Next game: vs. TOR (May 3)Playoff chances: 95.3%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 47Regulation wins: 19Playoff position: N/AGames left: 6Next game: vs. WPG (May 5)Playoff chances: 5%Tragic number: 4

Points: 43Regulation wins: 15Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: vs. EDM (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13Playoff position: N/AGames left: 11Next game: vs. WPG (May 3)Playoff chances: 0.2%Tragic number: 8

West Divisionplay

0:30

Kevin Fiala’s goal in overtime propels the Wild to a 4-3 win.

Points: 74Regulation wins: 28Playoff position: W1Games left: 6Next game: @ MIN (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 70Regulation wins: 30Playoff position: W2Games left: 7Next game: @ SJ (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

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Points: 68Regulation wins: 26Playoff position: W3Games left: 6Next game: vs. VGS (May 3)Playoff chances: 100%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 53Regulation wins: 16Playoff position: W4Games left: 7Next game: vs. ANA (May 3)Playoff chances: 94%Tragic number: N/A

Points: 50Regulation wins: 18Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: vs. LA (May 3)Playoff chances: 5.5%Tragic number: 5

Points: 45Regulation wins: 14Playoff position: N/AGames left: 5Next game: vs. COL (May 3)Playoff chances: 0.1%Tragic number: 2

Points: 44Regulation wins: 17Playoff position: N/AGames left: 7Next game: @ ARI (May 3)Playoff chances: 0.5%Tragic number: 5

Points: 39Regulation wins: 11Playoff position: N/AGames left: 4Next game: @ STL (May 3)Playoff chances: 0%Tragic number: E

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 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: 33Regulation wins: 10

Points: 39Regulation wins: 11

Points: 41Regulation wins: 13

Points: 41Regulation wins: 14

Points: 43Regulation wins: 11

Points: 43Regulation wins: 15

Points: 44Regulation wins: 17

Points: 45Regulation wins: 14

Points: 45Regulation wins: 15

Points: 47Regulation wins: 19

Points: 50Regulation wins: 14

Points: 50Regulation wins: 18

Points: 51Regulation wins: 14

Points: 55Regulation wins: 16

Points: 58Regulation wins: 23

Published: 2021-05-02 14:37:01

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