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Who will be West’s No. 1 seed?

Who will be West's No. 1 seed?

Over the weekend, the Boston Bruins became the first team to clinch a playoff berth, and any reasonable observer would conclude that they will be the East’s No. 1 seed, barring a tremendous collapse in the closing weeks.

The West’s race for No. 1 is another story.

Through 67 games, the Vegas Golden Knights lead the charge with 88 points and 30 regulation wins. With one game in hand, the Dallas Stars have 85 points and 30 regulation wins. Taking a peek at the two clubs’ schedules, the Knights have eight games against teams currently in playoff position (out of 15 total), including a matchup against the Stars on April 8 on ABC/ESPN+. Of the Stars’ 16 remaining games, only six are against teams in a playoff spot.

Of course, other teams could enter the mix as well. The Minnesota Wild are at 84 points and 27 regulation wins through 67 games, while the Los Angeles Kings are at 85 and 28 through 67. This race is far from over.

As we enter 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 2023 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via FiveThirtyEight.

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Today’s games
Last night’s scores
Expanded standings
Race for No. 1 pick

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

A1 Boston Bruins vs. WC2 New York Islanders
A2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. A3 Tampa Bay Lightning
M1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC1 Pittsburgh Penguins
M2 New Jersey Devils vs. M3 New York Rangers

Western Conference

C1 Dallas Stars vs. WC1 Edmonton Oilers
C2 Minnesota Wild vs. C3 Winnipeg Jets
P1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. WC2 Colorado Avalanche
P2 Los Angeles Kings vs. P3 Seattle Kraken

Monday’s games

Note: All times Eastern. All games not on ESPN, TNT or NHL Network are available via NHL Power Play, which is included in an ESPN+ subscription (local blackout restrictions apply).

Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHLN)
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken, 10 p.m.

Sunday’s scoreboard

Watch “In the Crease” on ESPN+ for highlights from every game.

Detroit Red Wings 5, Boston Bruins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Rangers 2 (OT)
New Jersey Devils 3, Carolina Hurricanes 0
Vegas Golden Knights 5, St. Louis Blues 3
Winnipeg Jets 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Calgary Flames 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Nashville Predators 5, Anaheim Ducks 4 (OT)

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