NHL playoff bracket update: Here come the New York Rangers

The New York Rangers famously sent their fans a letter two seasons ago, transparently laying out that the club was going to be going through some tough times in the short term, but that they'd return to being a top contender soon enough. Well, it appears the rebuild has gone quicker than many had hoped. With their 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, New York is just two points out of a wild-card spot, with two games in hand. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are no certainty, but it appears the month of March will be much more exciting for Rangers fans than many had assumed at the start of the season.

Here's where things stand heading into Friday's five-game slate, including Minnesota Wild-Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins-Anaheim Ducks streaming live on ESPN+.

Note: Playoff chances are courtesy of Money Puck, while tragic numbers are per the NHL's Damian Echevarrieta.

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Eastern Conference





Boston Bruins


Points: 92

Regulation wins: 35

Playoff position: Atlantic 1

Games left: 17 (7 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ NYI

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Tampa Bay Lightning


Points: 85

Regulation wins: 32

Playoff position: Atlantic 2

Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CGY

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Toronto Maple Leafs


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Atlantic 3

Games left: 17 (9 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. VAN

Playoff chances: 83.5%

Tragic number: N/A



Washington Capitals


Points: 84

Regulation wins: 29

Playoff position: Metro 1

Games left: 18 (9 home, 9 away)

Next game: March 1: @ MIN

Playoff chances: 98.4%

Tragic number: N/A



Pittsburgh Penguins


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Metro 2

Games left: 20 (9 home, 11 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: @ ANA

Playoff chances: 88.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Philadelphia Flyers


Points: 79

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Metro 3

Games left: 19 (10 home, 9 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: vs. NYR

Playoff chances: 91.1%

Tragic number: N/A



New York Islanders


Points: 78

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: Wild card 1

Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. BOS

Playoff chances: 68.0%

Tragic number: N/A



Columbus Blue Jackets


Points: 76

Regulation wins: 23

Playoff position: Wild card 2

Games left: 17 (7 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: vs. MIN

Playoff chances: 37.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 20 (9 home, 11 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: vs. COL

Playoff chances: 68.1%

Tragic number: 39



New York Rangers


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)

Next game: March 1: vs. PHI

Playoff chances: 40.9%

Tragic number: 37



Florida Panthers


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CHI

Playoff chances: 20.9%

Tragic number: 33



Montreal Canadiens


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 18

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 16 (6 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. CAR

Playoff chances: 2.1%

Tragic number: 24



Buffalo Sabres


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 22

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 19 (8 home, 11 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: @ VGS

Playoff chances: 1.6%

Tragic number: 29



New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ LA

Playoff chances: 0.1%

Tragic number: 24



Ottawa Senators


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 17 (6 home, 11 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. DET

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 15



Detroit Red Wings


Points: 34

Regulation wins: 12

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 17 (9 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ OTT

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: Eliminated

Western Conference





St. Louis Blues


Points: 86

Regulation wins: 30

Playoff position: Central 1

Games left: 17 (8 home, 9 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. DAL

Playoff chances: 100%

Tragic number: N/A



Colorado Avalanche


Points: 81

Regulation wins: 33

Playoff position: Central 2

Games left: 20 (10 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: @ CAR

Playoff chances: 99.9%

Tragic number: N/A



Dallas Stars


Points: 80

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Central 3

Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ STL

Playoff chances: 98.7%

Tragic number: N/A



Vegas Golden Knights


Points: 78

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: Pacific 1

Games left: 17 (7 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: vs. BUF

Playoff chances: 98.0%

Tragic number: N/A



Vancouver Canucks


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: Pacific 2

Games left: 19 (10 home, 9 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ TOR

Playoff chances: 76.0%

Tragic number: N/A



Edmonton Oilers


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 28

Playoff position: Pacific 3

Games left: 18 (11 home, 7 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. WPG

Playoff chances: 77.2%

Tragic number: N/A



Calgary Flames


Points: 73

Regulation wins: 23

Playoff position: Wild card 1

Games left: 17 (11 home, 6 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ TB

Playoff chances: 73.9%

Tragic number: N/A



Nashville Predators


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 25

Playoff position: Wild card 2

Games left: 19 (9 home, 10 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. COL

Playoff chances: 56.0%

Tragic number: N/A



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 26

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 16 (7 home, 9 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ EDM

Playoff chances: 27.7%

Tragic number: 33



Arizona Coyotes


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 24

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 16 (9 home, 7 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. BUF

Playoff chances: 26.7%

Tragic number: 31



Minnesota Wild


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 27

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 19 (8 home, 11 away)


Next game: Feb. 28: @ CBJ

Playoff chances: 58.4%

Tragic number: 36



Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 64

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 18 (11 home, 7 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: @ FLA

Playoff chances: 7.2%

Tragic number: 29



Anaheim Ducks


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 19 (11 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 28: vs. PIT

Playoff chances: 0.2%

Tragic number: 25



San Jose Sharks


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 20

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 18 (10 home, 8 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. PIT

Playoff chances: 0.1%

Tragic number: 23



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 52

Regulation wins: 17

Playoff position: N/A

Games left: 18 (12 home, 6 away)

Next game: Feb. 29: vs. NJ

Playoff chances: 0%

Tragic number: 17

Race for the No. 1 pick



The NHL uses a draft lottery to determine the order at the top of the first round, so the team that finishes in last place is not guaranteed the No. 1 selection. However, whoever does win the draft lottery has a chance to select Alexis Lafreniere.

Find out more about Lafreniere here, read up on the rest of the top draft prospects here, and check out all of our 2020 NHL draft coverage.



Detroit Red Wings


Points: 34

Regulation wins: 12

Chance of No. 1 pick: 18.5%



Los Angeles Kings


Points: 52

Regulation wins: 17

Chance of No. 1 pick: 13.5%



Ottawa Senators


Points: 56

Regulation wins: 17

Chance of No. 1 pick: 11.5%



San Jose Sharks


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 20

Chance of No. 1 pick: 9.5% (Note: pick belongs to Ottawa)



Anaheim Ducks


Points: 58

Regulation wins: 17

Chance of No. 1 pick: 8.5%



New Jersey Devils


Points: 61

Regulation wins: 19

Chance of No. 1 pick: 7.5%



Chicago Blackhawks


Points: 64

Regulation wins: 20

Chance of No. 1 pick: 6.5%



Buffalo Sabres


Points: 66

Regulation wins: 22

Chance of No. 1 pick: 6%



Montreal Canadiens


Points: 67

Regulation wins: 18

Chance of No. 1 pick: 5%



Minnesota Wild


Points: 69

Regulation wins: 27

Chance of No. 1 pick: 3.5%



Arizona Coyotes


Points: 70

Regulation wins: 24

Chance of No. 1 pick: 3%



Florida Panthers


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 28

Chance of No. 1 pick: 2.5%



Winnipeg Jets


Points: 72

Regulation wins: 26

Chance of No. 1 pick: 2%



New York Rangers


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 30

Chance of No. 1 pick: 1.5%



Carolina Hurricanes


Points: 74

Regulation wins: 25

Chance of No. 1 pick: 1%

Current playoff matchups



(A1) Bruins vs. (WC2) Blue Jackets

(A2) Lightning vs. (A3) Maple Leafs

(M1) Capitals vs. (WC1) Islanders

(M2) Penguins vs. (M3) Flyers

(P1) Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Flames

(P2) Canucks vs. (P3) Oilers

(C1) Blues vs. (WC2) Predators

(C2) Avalanche vs. (C3) Stars

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