NHL standings: Breaking down the 2017 NHL playoffs bracket

Here's a look at the 2017 NHL playoff picture with standings and wild-card races in each conference on the final day of the 2016-17 season.

The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoff field is set. The seedings were finalized on the final day of the regular season.

The Maple Leafs were the last team to clinch. They secured their first playoff berth in four years after beating the Penguins 5-3 on Saturday, eliminating the Lightning and Islanders in the process.

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The NHL's 2016-17 regular seasonendedSunday; the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs will begin Wednesday, April 12.

NHL standings:Eastern Conference

y- clinched division title
z- clinched conference
p-clinched Presidents' Trophy

Metropolitan Division
p-Washington Capitals (118 points)
Pittsburgh Penguins(111)
Columbus Blue Jackets (108)

Atlantic Division
y-Montreal Canadiens (103points)
Ottawa Senators (98)
Boston Bruins (95)


Wild card
New York Rangers (102)
Toronto Maple Leafs (95)

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NHL standings:Western Conference

y- clinched division title
z- clinched conference

Central Division
z-Chicago Blackhawks (109)
Minnesota Wild (106)
St. Louis Blues (99)


Pacific Division
y-Anaheim Ducks (105)
Edmonton Oilers (103)
San Jose Sharks (99)


Wild card
CalgaryFlames (94)
NashvillePredators (94)

NHL playoff battles

Metropolitan:Three of the NHL's top four teams reside in the Metro. Washington hadthe most points, Pittsburgh thesecond-most and Columbus the fourth-most. Washington is assured of home-ice advantage throughout as the Presidents' Trophy winner. Pittsburgh and Columbus will square off in Round 1.

Atlantic: Montreal locked up the division title early, leaving an intense race for the next two spots. Ottawa, Boston and Toronto all battled for Atlantic positioning as they tried to avoid a Round 1 matchup with Washington. Ottawa put itself in prime position to do that with a victory Thursday at Boston. The Maple Leafs had a chance to claim third place Sunday but lost to the Blue Jackets 3-2. Boston took the spot because it hadmore regulation and overtime wins.

East wild card:The Maple Leafs dashed the hopes of both the Lightning and Islanders on Saturday, then dashed their own hopes with the Sunday loss to Columbus. The Maple Leafs are slated to play the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

Pacific: The race came down to Sunday. Anaheim nailed down the division title by reaching overtime against the Kings. For good measure, the Ducks won 4-3 in OT. That froze out the Oilers, who were beating the Canucks. Edmonton settled for second place. San Jose finished in the third Pacific spot.

West wild card:Calgary and Nashville finished their seasons tied at 94 points, but Calgary will be the higher-seeded wild card because it had more regulation and overtime wins than Nashville. That meansNashville will have to play the top-seedBlackhawks in Round 1.

Round 1 bracket

Metropolitan Division

Washington (1) vs. Toronto(WC2)
Pittsburgh (2) vs. Columbus (3)

Atlantic Division

Montreal (1) vs. New York Rangers (WC1)
Ottawa (2) vs. Boston(3)

Central Division

Chicago (1) vs. Nashville (WC2)
Minnesota (2) vs. St. Louis (3)

Pacific Division

Anaheim (1) vs. Calgary (WC1)
Edmonton (2) vs.San Jose (3)





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