NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2018 playoffs

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The NHL's year-over-year standings upheaval have made for an interesting 2018 Stanley Cup playoff race. Here are the current odds and projections for every team still in the hunt.

NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2018 playoffs

The NHL's year-over-year standings upheaval have made for an interesting 2018 Stanley Cup playoff race. Here are the current odds and projections for every team still in the hunt.

The 2017-18 NHL playoff picture is nearly in full focus, with the 16 teams set, and seeding still to be determined.

With less than 24 hours remaining in the regular season schedule, a makeup date between the Bruins and Panthers on Sunday will hold up the bracket in the Eastern Conference, while once the West Coast games have concluded, the other side will be fully set.

Here's how the 2018 Stanley Cup playoff bracket looks at this very minute.

Last updated: April 8

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NHL standings: Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (113 points, 48 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 30-8-2
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Lightning await the result of the Bruins-Panthers game Sunday. A win in any fashion for Boston would see them leapfrog Tampa Bay in the Atlantic. Any loss means the Lightning hold on to first place in the division and Eastern Conference.

2. Boston Bruins (112 points, 47 ROW)

Remaining games: 1 (1 home)
Home record: 28-7-5
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Bruins are going to Tuukka Rask for game No. 82 Sunday, the postponed makeup date against the Panthers, with eyes on topping the East.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (105 points, 42 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 29-9-2
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Leafs are locked in to the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic and await a first-round matchup against either the Bruins or Lightning.

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Metropolitan Division

1. Washington Capitals (105 points, 46 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 28-10-2
Playoff probability: Clinched division title

It will be the Capitals and the Blue Jackets in round one, meaning a renewal of the Alex Ovechkin-John Tortorella rivalry.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (100 points, 45 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 30-8-2
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Battle of Pennsylvania is back on with the Penguins set to face the Philadelphia Flyers.

3. Philadelphia Flyers (98 points, 40 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 22-13-6
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

A victory on Saturday not only punched the Flyers postseason ticket, but subsequently saw them move into third place in the Metropolitan Division, and in a matchup with the two-time defending Cup champion Penguins.

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Wild cards

1. Columbus Blue Jackets (97 points, 39 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 26-12-3
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Did the Blue Jackets rest their stars in Game 82 to ge them healthy, or to avoid the Penguins in the first round? Either way, a meeting with Ovechkin and co. awaits.

2. New Jersey Devils (97 points, 39 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 23-13-4
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

After snapping a six-year postseason drought, the Devils are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and will come up against either the Bruins or Lightning in round one.

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NHL standings: Western Conference

Central Division

1. Nashville Predators (117 points, 47 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 28-9-4
Playoff probability: Clinched Presidents' Trophy

Nashville took down a depleted Blue Jackets roster in their finale and will now see Central Division rival Colorado in the opening round.

2. Winnipeg Jets (114 points, 48 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 32-7-2
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Of Canada's seven NHL franchises, the Jets hold the best shot at ending the nation's 25-year Stanley Cup drought this year.

3. Minnesota Wild (101 points, 42 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 27-6-8
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Wild are healthy and added a "big" reinforcement in Olympian Jordan Greenway. They're going to need him for a first-round meeting with the high-powered Jets.

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Pacific Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (109 points, 47 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 29-10-2
Playoff probability: Clinched division title

The Golden Knights are Pacific Division champions in their inaugural season. Now the question is: How deep into the spring will they play?

2. Anaheim Ducks (101 points, 40 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 25-10-5
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Injuries ravaged Anaheim's season (the Ducks lead the league in man-games lost), but a weak Pacific means it's far from over for a preseason Cup favorite.

3. San Jose Sharks (100 points, 40 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 26-12-3
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

Written off as too old, the Sharks are well positioned to prove their demise was premature. Joe Thornton's return from injury looms large.

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Wild cards

1. Los Angeles Kings (98 points, 43 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 24-14-3
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

The Kings aren't a perfect team, but they're sturdy enough to return to the playoffs and a pose threat to advance beyond the first round for the first time since 2014.

2. Colorado Avalanche (95 points, 41 ROW)

Remaining games: 0
Home record: 28-11-2
Playoff probability: Clinched playoff berth

It took a 47 point year-over-year improvement, and a dramatic regular season finale victory against the Blues, but the Avalanche were the 16th and final team to qualify for the playoffs. Their prize? A first-round series against the President Trophy-winning Predators.

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