NHL playoff bracket update: Avalanche keep rolling

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The Colorado Avalanche were a trendy preseason pick to challenge for the Stanley Cup, and while they’ve had some ups and downs, Friday’s 3-2 win at the Carolina Hurricanes felt bigger than some recent contests. With 83 points, they now trail the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues by three, with two games in hand and a four-win edge in regulation victories.

Here’s where things stand throughout the league heading into Saturday’s 12-game slate, including Chicago BlackhawksFlorida Panthers and Colorado AvalancheNashville Predators 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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Race for No. 1 pick | Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

Points: 92
Regulation wins: 35
Playoff position: Atlantic 1
Games left: 17 (7 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ NYI
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 85
Regulation wins: 32
Playoff position: Atlantic 2
Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CGY
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Atlantic 3
Games left: 17 (9 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. VAN
Playoff chances: 84.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 84
Regulation wins: 29
Playoff position: Metro 1
Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 1: @ MIN
Playoff chances: 98.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 81
Regulation wins: 27
Playoff position: Metro 2
Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 1: @ NYR
Playoff chances: 95.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Metro 3
Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ SJ
Playoff chances: 88.0%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 78
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. BOS
Playoff chances: 74.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 76
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 16 (6 home, 10 away)
Next game: March 1: vs. VAN
Playoff chances: 32.5%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 19 (8 home, 11 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ MTL
Playoff chances: 61.8%
Tragic number: 37

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)
Next game: March 1: vs. PHI
Playoff chances: 37.4%
Tragic number: 35

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CHI
Playoff chances: 23.5%
Tragic number: 33

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 16 (6 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CAR
Playoff chances: 2.4%
Tragic number: 24

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 22
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (8 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 28: @ VGS
Playoff chances: 1.3%
Tragic number: 27

Points: 61
Regulation wins: 19
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ LA
Playoff chances: 0.1%
Tragic number: 24

Points: 56
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 17 (6 home, 11 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. DET
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 15

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 12
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 17 (9 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ OTT
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: Eliminated


Western Conference

Points: 86
Regulation wins: 30
Playoff position: Central 1
Games left: 17 (8 home, 9 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. DAL
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 83
Regulation wins: 34
Playoff position: Central 2
Games left: 190 (10 home, 9 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ NSH
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Central 3
Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ STL
Playoff chances: 98.6%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 80
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Pacific 1
Games left: 16 (6 home, 10 away)
Next game: March 1: vs. LA
Playoff chances: 98.4%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: Pacific 2
Games left: 19 (10 home, 9 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ TOR
Playoff chances: 74.7%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: Pacific 3
Games left: 18 (11 home, 7 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. WPG
Playoff chances: 75.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 73
Regulation wins: 23
Playoff position: Wild card 1
Games left: 17 (11 home, 6 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ TB
Playoff chances: 71.9%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 25
Playoff position: Wild card 2
Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. COL
Playoff chances: 52.1%
Tragic number: N/A

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 26
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 16 (7 home, 9 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ EDM
Playoff chances: 25.5%
Tragic number: 33

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 19 (8 home, 10 away)
Next game: March 1: vs. WSH
Playoff chances: 70.1%
Tragic number: 36

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 16 (9 home, 7 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. BUF
Playoff chances: 26.0%
Tragic number: 31

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (11 home, 7 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: @ FLA
Playoff chances: 6.5%
Tragic number: 29

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 18
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)
Next game: March 1: vs. NJ
Playoff chances: 0.3%
Tragic number: 25

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 20
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. PIT
Playoff chances: 0.1%
Tragic number: 23

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 17
Playoff position: N/A
Games left: 18 (12 home, 6 away)
Next game: Feb. 29: vs. NJ
Playoff chances: 0%
Tragic number: 17


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.

Points: 34
Regulation wins: 12
Chance of No. 1 pick: 18.5%

Points: 52
Regulation wins: 17
Chance of No. 1 pick: 13.5%

Points: 56
Regulation wins: 17
Chance of No. 1 pick: 11.5%

Note: Pick belongs to Ottawa

Points: 58
Regulation wins: 20
Chance of No. 1 pick: 9.5%

Points: 60
Regulation wins: 18
Chance of No. 1 pick: 8.5%

Points: 61
Regulation wins: 19
Chance of No. 1 pick: 7.5%

Points: 64
Regulation wins: 20
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6.5%

Points: 66
Regulation wins: 22
Chance of No. 1 pick: 6%

Points: 67
Regulation wins: 18
Chance of No. 1 pick: 5%

Points: 70
Regulation wins: 24
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3.5%

Points: 71
Regulation wins: 28
Chance of No. 1 pick: 3%

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 28
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2.5%

Points: 72
Regulation wins: 26
Chance of No. 1 pick: 2%

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 30
Chance of No. 1 pick: 1.5%

Points: 74
Regulation wins: 25
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) Islanders
(M2) Flyers vs. (M3) Penguins
(P1) Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Flames
(P2) Canucks vs. (P3) Oilers
(C1) Blues vs. (WC2) Predators
(C2) Avalanche vs. (C3) Stars