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NHL playoff bracket update: Boston Bruins hit 100 points with statement win

The Boston Bruins entered Tuesday night with the lead in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and entire NHL. They're pretty great! They exited Tuesday night as the first team to reach 100 points in the standings this season, and they did so with a thorough victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that has generated considerable buzz of late as a dark horse Stanley Cup contender. The Flyers peppered the Bruins' cage with 36 shots, but Tuukka Rask stopped all of them; goals from Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron were all that was needed. With a dozen games left, Boston has an eight-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Atlantic crown, and an equal lead over the St. Louis Blues for the Presidents' Trophy.

Here's where things stand throughout the league heading into Wednesday's five-game slate, including New York Rangers-Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators-Los Angeles Kings streaming live on ESPN+.

Note: Playoff chances are courtesy of Money Puck, while tragic numbers are per the NHL's Damian Echevarrieta.

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Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins

Points: 100
Regulation wins: 38
Playoff position: Atlantic 1
Games left: 12 (6 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 13: @ BUF
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Tampa Bay Lightning

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff position: Atlantic 2
Games left: 12 (7 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. PHI
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Toronto Maple Leafs

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Atlantic 3
Games left: 12 (7 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. NSH
Playoff chances: 78.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Washington Capitals

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: Metro 1
Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. DET
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Philadelphia Flyers

Points: 89
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: Metro 2
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ TB
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Pittsburgh Penguins

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: Metro 3
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ CBJ
Playoff chances: 92.3%
Tragic number: N/A

Carolina Hurricanes

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 14 (7 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ NJ
Playoff chances: 79.1%
Tragic number: N/A

Columbus Blue Jackets

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 12 (5 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. PIT
Playoff chances: 44.8%
Tragic number: N/A

New York Islanders

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 14 (6 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 12: @ CGY
Playoff chances: 42.3%
Tragic number: 28

New York Rangers

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 11: @ COL
Playoff chances: 24.2%
Tragic number: 24

Florida Panthers

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ DAL
Playoff chances: 38.4%
Tragic number: 24

Montreal Canadiens

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11 (4 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. BUF
Playoff chances: 0.2%
Tragic number: 13

Buffalo Sabres

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ MTL
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 14

New Jersey Devils

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (7 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. CAR
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 14

Ottawa Senators

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12 (4 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 11: @ LA
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 6

Detroit Red Wings

Points: 39
Regulation wins: 13
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 11 (4 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ WSH
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: Eliminated


Western Conference

St. Louis Blues

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff position: Central 1
Games left: 12 (6 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 11: @ ANA
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Colorado Avalanche

Points: 90
Regulation wins: 37
Playoff position: Central 2
Games left: 13 (9 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 11: vs. NYR
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Dallas Stars

Points: 82
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Central 3
Games left: 13 (7 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. FLA
Playoff chances: 93.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Vegas Golden Knights

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: Pacific 1
Games left: 11 (4 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ MIN
Playoff chances: 99.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Edmonton Oilers

Points: 83
Regulation wins: 31
Playoff position: Pacific 2
Games left: 12 (8 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 11: vs. WPG
Playoff chances: 96.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Calgary Flames

Points: 79
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: Pacific 3
Games left: 12 (8 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. NYI
Playoff chances: 78.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Nashville Predators

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ TOR
Playoff chances: 56.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Vancouver Canucks

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: @ ARI
Playoff chances: 52.5%
Tragic number: N/A

Winnipeg Jets

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12 (4 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 11: @ EDM
Playoff chances: 34.8%
Tragic number: 25

Minnesota Wild

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (6 home, 7 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. VGS
Playoff chances: 69.1%
Tragic number: 26

Arizona Coyotes

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12 (8 home, 4 away)
Next game: March 12: vs. VAN
Playoff chances: 16.4%
Tragic number: 21

Chicago Blackhawks

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 11: vs. SJ
Playoff chances: 2.7%
Tragic number: 19

Anaheim Ducks

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 12 (6 home, 6 away)
Next game: March 11: vs. STL
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 14

San Jose Sharks

Points: 63
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (5 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 11: @ CHI
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 12

Los Angeles Kings

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 13 (8 home, 5 away)
Next game: March 11: vs. OTT
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 11


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. However, whoever does win the draft lottery has a chance to select Alexis Lafreniere.

Find out more about Lafreniere here, read up on the rest of the top draft prospects here, and check out all of our 2020 NHL draft coverage.

Detroit Red Wings

Points: 39
Regulation wins: 13
Chance of No. 1 pick: 18.5%

Ottawa Senators

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 18
Chance of No. 1 pick: 13.5%

Los Angeles Kings

Points: 62
Regulation wins: 20
Chance of No. 1 pick: 11.5%

San Jose Sharks

Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa.

Points: 63
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 9.5%

Anaheim Ducks

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 20
Chance of No. 1 pick: 8.5%

New Jersey Devils

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 7.5%

Buffalo Sabres

Points: 68
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6.5%

Chicago Blackhawks

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6%

Montreal Canadiens

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 19
Chance of No. 1 pick: 5%

Arizona Coyotes

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3.5%

Minnesota Wild

Points: 77
Regulation wins: 30
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3%

Winnipeg Jets

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 29
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2.5%

Florida Panthers

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 30
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2%

New York Rangers

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 31
Chance of No. 1 pick: 1.5%

New York Islanders

Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa (top-3 protected).

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 24
Chance of No. 1 pick: 1%


Current playoff matchups

(A1) Bruins vs. (WC2) Blue Jackets
(A2) Lightning vs. (A3) Maple Leafs
(M1) Capitals vs. (WC1) Hurricanes
(M2) Flyers vs. (M3) Penguins
(P1) Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Predators
(P2) Oilers vs. (P3) Flames
(C1) Blues vs. (WC2) Canucks
(C2) Avalanche vs. (C3) Stars