Which teams will make the playoffs this year?

As you might expect, there is a lot of drama surrounding the standings as the NHL’s top-two seeds battle it out for the best seed.

Here’s a look at how each team is positioned.


Washington Capitals (20-11-6, 81 points) The Capitals have an opportunity to move up to the top spot if they win out against the St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning.

They are in the top five for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

The Capitals are currently in third place with 73 points.

If they get through the first round of the playoffs, Washington could leapfrog St. Peter’s IceCaps and make it into the playoffs.

Washington has won seven of its past nine games and is 3-0-1 in those contests.

That is a solid start, and Washington has a good chance of making the playoffs if it wins out against New Jersey and Florida.

But if the Capitals lose out, it could be a long wait for another playoff berth.


New York Rangers (20.5-9-5, 80 points) After finishing with the NHL record for most consecutive games with fewer than 20 goals in the season, the Rangers have a lot to look forward to.

They play five games against teams with fewer goals than they have, which is a very strong group.

The Rangers have won five straight games and will play two more against teams below the 80 points mark.

The New York Islanders are coming off a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and the Rangers play the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

The Islanders have won six of their past eight games and are 3-2-1 at home.

New Jersey, meanwhile, has lost four straight and is in last place with a 4-5-1 record.

The Devils have lost three straight and are 4-7-1 on the road.


New Orleans Canadiens (19-10-4, 76 points) Montreal is riding a three-game winning streak and will face the New York Devils on Sunday in New York.

The Canadiens are 8-1-1 against the Islanders this season and will host the Devils again on Tuesday.

The Isles are 6-1, with the most wins by an Eastern Conference team.

The Montreal Canadiens have won seven straight games, with a 5-3-1 mark on the season.

That would make them the best-stocked team in the Eastern Conference, but New Jersey is 2-4-1.


Tampa Bay Lighting (19.5 – 10-7, 67 points) Tampa Bay is 3 of 10 in regulation this season, which puts it in the bottom two of the league.

It is not surprising that the Lightning have a good shot at making the postseason.

They won five of their last six games and have a 5:10-per-game average.

Tampa has scored more goals per game than any team in their last 10 games.

The Lightning have won two of their first three games and face the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Tampa is 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Devils and has a 2-3 record in those games.


Ottawa Senators (17-12-7 – 67 points, LW: 5) The Senators are a wild card and have been in the playoff picture for more than a month.

They have the best record in the Central Division and a win over St. John’s on Saturday could send them into the third round.

The Senators have won three straight, with an 8-2 record and a good home record.

That includes a 2:17-per, and a 3:01-per average.

They host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Ottawa has a chance to advance if they lose to the Wild and the Blue Jackets lose to Columbus, but if they make the conference finals, Ottawa could be one of the teams to beat.


Edmonton Oilers (17.5 3-9 – 64 points) Edmonton is in first place in the West and will likely play at home against the Calgary Flames.

The Flames are 3 of 8 in regulation and have an 11-5 record in their past nine.

The Oilers have a chance at advancing with a win Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks at Rexall Place.

The Ducks are 4 of 11 in regulation, with five of those wins coming against the Flames.

They played the Ducks twice this season.

Edmonton is 3 for 6 in the shootout and is 0 for 5 against the Oilers.

The game is slated for 7 p.m.

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Toronto Maple Leafs (17 – 12-7 3-13, LW 6) The Maple Leafs are tied for first in the East with seven points.

Toronto is 3 2/3 games behind the Ottawa Senators and has five games remaining.

The Maple Marauders have won nine of their previous 10 games and could finish in second place with six games remaining against the Washington Capitals and Tampa