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Tim Cavanagh is a senior NHL writer for ESPN. He’s from upstate New York.

For a few weeks, it looked like every playoff spot in the Eastern Division was safe, but the New York Rangers continued to hide in fifth place. On Tuesday night, they will try to get a little closer to that goal.

It’s the New York Islanders’ opponent on the Blueshirts’ ice Tuesday night. The Long Island Denizens lead the season series 3-2. Meanwhile, the team the Rangers are mostly chasing, the Boston Bruins, is hosting the Buffalo Sabres, an opponent they haven’t lost to in three games this season.

To add to the challenge, the Bruins have a two-game lead over the Rangers heading into Tuesday’s game. But we’ve seen weird things happen in the NHL, so with any luck the Rangers might be the last surprising playoff team.

With the regular season coming to a close, it’s time to look at the playoffs and the teams that are in the running for the lottery for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Message: The playoff chances are there because of the silver puck. The tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump ahead:
Current
playoff games first choice race

Eastern Division

Glasses: 62
Winning rules : 24
Playoff Positions: E1
Left-handed games : 10
Next Match : @ NYI (April 22)
Playoff odds: 98.4%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 60 victories of the
diet: 20
Playoff position : E2
Left-handed games : 11
Next game: vs NYR (April 20)
Qualifying opportunities: 92.9%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 59 The
plan wins : 21
Playoff position : E3
remaining matches : 11
Next game: vs NJ (April 20)
Playoff chances: 97%
Tragic number : N/A

Glasses: 56 The
plan wins : 18
Playoff position : E4
Games on the left: 13
Next game: @ BUF (April 20)
Playoff odds: 90%
Tragic Number: N/A

Glasses: 52Rules wins: 20
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ NYI (April 20)
Playoff odds: 21.3%
Tragic figure : 19

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 13 Position
Playoff : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ NYR (April 22)
Playoff odds: 0.4%
Tragic figure : 13

Glasses: The 34
plan wins: 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 12 Next game: @ PIT (April 20)
Playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 2

Glasses: 31 The
plan wins : 9
Playoff positions : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: vs. BOS (April 20)
Playoff opportunities: 0%
Tragic number : E

Central division

play

0:38

Yanni Gourde’s first shot was saved, but he jumped on the rebound and scored in overtime to help Tampa Bay beat Carolina.

Glasses: 63 The
plan wins : 21
Playoff position : C1
Play on the left : 12 Next game: @ TB (April 20)
Playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 63 The
plan wins : 21
Playoff position : C2
Games on the left : 10
Next game: vs CBJ (April 20)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 62
Winning rules : 24
Playoff Positions: C3
Play on the left : 11
Next game: vs. CAR (April 20)
Playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 51
Winning rules : 17
Playoff position : C4
games on the left: 9
Next Match : @ CHI (Apr 21)
Playoff odds : 44.3%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 48
Winning rules : 15
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 12
Next game: vs. DET (20 April)
Qualifying opportunities: 49.6%
Tragic figure : 21

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 10
Next game: vs NSH (April 21)
Playoff chances: 6.1%
Tragic figure : 16

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 9
Next Match : @ DAL (April 20)
Playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 6

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 9
Next Match : @ FLA (April 20)
Playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 6

Northern Division

play

0:36

Connor McDavid breaks through the defense to give the Oilers a definitive lead over the Canadiens.

Glasses: 61 The
plan wins : 22
Playoff position : N1
Games on the left: 11
Next game: @ VAN (April 20)
playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 57 The
plan wins : 21
Playoff position : N2
Games on the left: 11
Next game: vs TOR (April 22)
Playoff chances: 99.9%
Tragic number : N/A

Glasses: 56 The
plan wins : 25
Playoff position : N3
Games on the left: 12
Next game: vs MTL (April 21)
Qualifying opportunities: 99.7%
Tragic number : N/A

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 17
Playoff position : N4
Left games : 13
Next game: @ EDM (Apr 21)
Playoff odds: 81.6%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 16
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: vs MTL (April 23)
Qualifying opportunities: 13%
Tragic figure: 16

Glasses: 37 The
plan wins : 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 18
Next game: vs TOR (April 20)
Qualifying opportunities: 5.7%
Tragic figure : 26

Glasses: 36 victories of the
diet: 12
Playoff Positions: N/A
remaining matches : 10
Next Match : @ VAN (April 22)
playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 9

Western Division

play

0:32

Kirill Kaprizov opens the scoring for the Wild in a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes.

Glasses: 66 The
plan wins : 25
Playoff position : W1
The games remain : 11
Next game: vs SJ (April 21)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Spectacle: 64 regulation wins
: 27
Playoff position : W2
remaining matches : 13
Next game: @ STL (April 22)
Playoff odds : 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 59 The
plan wins : 23
Playoff position : W3
Game Links : 12 Next game: @ ARI (April 21)
Playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 45Playoff position 16Playoff position Profit control : W4
remaining matches : 10
Next game: vs. MIN (April 21)
Playoff odds: 34.4%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 44 The
plan wins : 13 Position
Playoff : N/A
remaining matches : 13
Next game: vs. COL (April 22)
Qualifying Opportunities: 42.7%
Tragic figure : 25

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 12
Playoff Positions: N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ VGS (April 21)
Playoff odds: 10.4%
Tragic figure : 18

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 14
Next game: vs. ANA (20 April)
Qualifying opportunities: 12.5%
Tragic figure : 21

Glasses: 35 The
plan wins : 9
Playoff positions : N/A
remaining matches : 10
Next Match : @ Los Angeles (April 20)
Opportunities Playoff: 0%
Tragic number : 10

current playoffs

Eastern Division

1 Washington Capitals vs 4 Boston Bruins
2 New York Islanders vs 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Central division

1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. 4 Nashville Predators
2 Florida Panthers vs. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning.

Northern Division

No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 4 Montreal Canadiens
Winnipeg Jets #2 vs. 3 Edmonton Oilers

Western Division

1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4 Arizona Coyotes
2 Colorado Avalanche vs. 3 Minnesota Wild.

1st place match Pickup

The NHL uses a lottery to determine the order of the first round, so a team that finishes last is not guaranteed the first pick. New for 2021 is that a team can rise up to 10 points if it wins the draw, so only 11 teams are eligible for the No. 1 draw. Full details of the procedure can be found here.

Glasses: 31 The
plan wins : 9

Glasses: The 34
plan wins: 11

Glasses: 35 The
plan wins : 9

Glasses: 36 victories of the
diet: 12

Glasses: 37 The
plan wins : 11

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 11

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 14

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 12

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 16

Glasses: 44 The
plan wins : 13

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 13

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 14

Glasses: 48
Winning rules : 15

Glasses: 52Rules wins: 20

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