NHL Playoff Watch Daily: What’s at stake on Saturday

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Another night, another playoff spot clinched as we officially welcome the St. Louis Blues to the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues earned one point for their overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, and with the Los Angeles Kingsregulation loss to the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis is now locked in to the No. 4 spot in the West Division. Here’s what to watch for in Saturday’s 14-game slate:

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 matchups
Race for No. 1 pick

East Division

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Wade Allison give the Flyers the lead in the second period after scoring off the ricochet off the boards helping Philadelphia take down Washington 4-2.

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: E1
Games left: 1
Next game: vs. BUF (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: E2
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. PHI (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: E3
Games left: 3
Next game: vs. NYR (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff position: E4
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. NJ (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: @ BOS (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 55
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 2
Next game: @ WSH (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 45
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 2
Next game: @ NYI (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 37
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: @ PIT (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Central Division

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Joe Pavelski scores two second-period goals leading the Stars to a dominant 5-2 win over the Lightning.

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: C1
Games left: 2
Next game: @ NSH (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: C2
Games left: 2
Next game: @ FLA (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 75
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: C3
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. TB (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: C4
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. CAR (May 8)
Playoff chances: 96%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 2
Next game: @ CHI (May 9)
Playoff chances: 4%
Tragic number: 2

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. DAL (May 9)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 16
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: @ CBJ (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 12
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: vs. DET (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


North Division

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: N1
Games left: 3
Next game: vs. MTL (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N2
Games left: 4
Next game: vs. VAN (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 59
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N3
Games left: 4
Next game: vs. OTT (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N4
Games left: 3
Next game: @ TOR (May 8)
Playoff chances: 99.1%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 5
Next game: vs. OTT (May 9)
Playoff chances: 0.9%
Tragic number: 1

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 3
Next game: @ WPG (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 43
Regulation wins: 14
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 8
Next game: @ EDM (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 3


West Division

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Cale Makar rips the puck into the back of the net extending Colorado’s lead en route to a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: W1
Games left: 3
Next game: vs. STL (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: W2
Games left: 4
Next game: @ LA (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: W3
Games left: 3
Next game: vs. ANA (May 8)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 57
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: W4
Games left: 4
Next game: @ VGS (May 8)
Playoff chances: 99.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: @ SJ (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 48
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 4
Next game: vs. COL (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0.4%
Tragic number: E

Points: 48
Regulation wins: 15
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 2
Next game: vs. ARI (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E

Points: 42
Regulation wins: 11
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 1
Next game: @ MIN (May 8)
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: E


Current playoff matchups

East Division

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

Central Division

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

North Division

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

West Division

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 4 St. Louis Blues
No. 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.

Points: 37
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 42
Regulation wins: 11

Points: 43
Regulation wins: 14

Points: 45
Regulation wins: 15

Points: 46
Regulation wins: 12

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 16

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 17

Points: 47
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 48
Regulation wins: 15

Points: 48
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 14

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 19

Points: 55
Regulation wins: 16

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 17

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 23

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