NHL standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2020 playoffs

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The 2020 NHL playoff picture is coming into focus, with the contenders increasingly separating themselves from the pretenders with every passing week.

While there are still over three weeks of regular season games to be played, it's never too early to turn our gaze to the playoff races as they continue to heat up.

Here's how the 2020 Stanley Cup playoff bracket looks today.

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Last updated: 9:25 a.m. ET on March 12.

All probabilities from Sports Club Stats, all GIFS from giphy.com.

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NHL standings: Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Boston Bruins (100 points, 38 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 22-4-9
Playoff probability: 100%

The Bruins halted the Flyers' nine-game winning streak Tuesday night with a 2-0 win.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (92 points, 35 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 22-10-2
Playoff probability: 100%

Lightning failed to keep pace with Boston after a 2-1 loss in Toronto on Tuesday.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (81 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 18-9-7
Playoff probability: 77.9%

Maple Leafs picked up a massive two points against the Lightning to go three points clear of Florida for third place in the Atlantic Division.

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Metropolitan Division

1. Washington Capitals (90 points, 31 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 18-10-5
Playoff probability: 99.9%

The Capitals earned a point in Buffalo Monday to move into sole possession of first place.

2. Philadelphia Flyers (89 points, 31 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 25-6-4
Playoff probability: 99.8%

Flyers saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday against Boston.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (86 points, 29 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 23-8-4
Playoff probability: 96.9%

Pittsburgh has hit a rut that has seen the team drop off slightly in the chase for the Metro title.

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Wild cards

1. Carolina Hurricanes (81 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 14
Home record: 19-12-2
Playoff probability: 82.1%

The Hurricanes won their third straight game Tuesday to move into the top Wild Card spot.

2. Columbus Blue Jackets (81 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 20-12-4
Playoff probability: 27.5%

The Blue Jackets' grasp on this spot is very tenuous, given they've played more games than all of their Wild Card rivals.

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3. New York Islanders (80 points, 24 RW)

Remaining games: 14
Home record: 20-9-6
Playoff probability: 55.4%

A terrible stretch of games has seen the Isles fall behind in the Wild Card race.

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4. New York Rangers (79 points, 31 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 18-16-2
Playoff probability: 22.0%

Chris Kreider's injury had many thinking the Rangers were done but Mika Zibanejad says, 'hold on.'

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5. Florida Panthers (78 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 17-14-4
Playoff probability: 38.3%

Toronto's win Tuesday puts Florida three points back of third place in the Atlantic Division.

NHL standings: Western Conference

Central Division

1. St. Louis Blues (94 points, 33 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Home record: 23-7-5
Playoff probability: 100%

The Blues find themselves in a much more comfortable spot than last year.

2. Colorado Avalanche (92 points, 37 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 18-9-6
Playoff probability: 100%

Call them the road warriors, because the Avs are vastly better away from Denver (and they're pretty good at the Pepsi Center).

3. Dallas Stars (82 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 19-12-3
Playoff probability: 96.6%

The Stars' awful start to the campaign is a distant memory.

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Pacific Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights (86 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Home record: 22-11-4
Playoff probability: 98.9%

Shea Theodore is Alberta's No. 1 public enemy after he scored the game-winning goals against the Flames Sunday and the Oilers Monday.

2. Edmonton Oilers (83 points, 31 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Home record: 17-11-6
Playoff probability: 97.5%

Edmonton falls two points back of Vegas after blowing a pair of one-goal leads to the Golden Knights Monday.

3. Calgary Flames (79 points, 25 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 16-13-4
Playoff probability: 62%

The Flames will likely spend the rest of the season trying to hold off Vancouver and Arizona.

Wild cards

1. Winnipeg Jets (80 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 11
Home record: 20-14-3
Playoff probability: 47.7%

Winnipeg leaps back into the top wild-card spot with a big win over the Oilers on March 11.

2. Nashville Predators (78 points, 28 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 17-14-4
Playoff probability: 54.1%

Idle Nashville shifts down a spot but remains in the postseason.

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3. Vancouver Canucks (78 points, 27 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 22-9-4
Playoff probability: 72.6%

Vancouver slips out of the playoffs as the Jets earn a victory on Wednesday night.

4. Minnesota Wild (77 points, 30 RW)

Remaining games: 13
Home record: 19-11-5
Playoff probability: 50.9%

Wild slide out of the Wild Card spots following Vancouver's win Tuesday.

5. Arizona Coyotes (74 points, 26 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 17-12-4
Playoff probability: 17.6%

The Coyotes playoff hopes took a hit after back-to-back losses in Calgary and Winnipeg.

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6. Chicago Blackhawks (72 points, 23 RW)

Remaining games: 12
Home record: 16-14-4
Playoff probability: 2%

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