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NHL stretch run primer: who's clinched, who's still in the hunt

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NHL stretch run primer: who's clinched, who's still in the hunt

Matt Larkin
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As the regular season winds down, which teams have made the playoffs and which teams are still in contention? THN has a full breakdown of need-to-know information.

The NHL's regular season ends in 10 days. Is your team safely in a playoff position, fighting for its life or booking golf vacation packages? Here's a bare-bones breakdown. Playoff chances in percentages are from Sports Club Stats. Anyone understand how the Rangers can be 100 percent, yet haven't clinched? I don't.

EASTERN CONFERENCE – CLINCHED

1. Boston Bruins (110 points)
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (101 points)
3. Tampa Bay Lightning (93 points)
4. Montreal Canadiens (93 points)

WESTERN CONFERENCE – CLINCHED

1. St. Louis Blues (109 points)
2. Anaheim Ducks (108 points)
3. San Jose Sharks (105 points).
4. Colorado Avalanche (102 points)
5. Chicago Blackhawks (99 points)
6. Los Angeles Kings (96 points)

EASTERN CONFERENCE – WILD CARD RACE

5. New York Rangers (90 points, 100.0%)
6. Phladelphia Flyers (87 points, 99.2%)

WILD CARD 1: Detroit Red Wings (93.7%)
(86 points, 6 games left vs. Buf, @ Mtl, @ Buf, @ Pit, vs. Car, @StL)

WILD CARD 2: Columbus Blue Jackets (79.9%)
(83 points, 7 games left @ Phi, vs. Chi, vs. NYI, vs. Phx, @ Dal, @ TB, @ Fla)

STILL IN CONTENTION

Toronto Maple Leafs (6.9%)
(82 points, 5 games left vs. Bos, vs. Wpg, @ TB, @ Fla, @ Ott)

Washington Capitals (6.6%)
(81 points, 6 games left @ NJ, @ NYI, @ StL, @ Car, vs. Chi, vs. TB

New Jersey Devils (12.6%)
(80 points, 6 games left vs. Wsh, @ Car, vs. Cgy, @ Ott, vs. NYI, vs. Bos)

LESS THAN 1%: Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders

WESTERN CONFERENCE – WILD CARD RACE

WILD CARD 1: Minnesota Wild (95.0%)
(89 points, 6 games left @ Chi, vs. Pit, @ Wpg, vs. Bos, vs. StL, vs. Nsh)

WILD CARD 2: Dallas Stars (81.9%)
(85 points, 7 games left @ Car, @ TB, @ Fla, vs. Nsh, vs. Clb, vs. StL, @ Phx

STILL IN CONTENTION

Phoenix Coyotes (23.1%)
(85 points, 5 games left vs. Edm, @ Clb, @ Nsh, vs. SJ, vs. Phx

LESS THAN 1%: Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets

IF PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY – EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

IF PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY – WESTERN CONFERENCE

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars
Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks

A reminder of the playoff format: The leader of each of the four divisions plays a wild card team and the No. 2 and No. 3 teams from each division face each other.

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin

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