We’re down to the wire in the NHL season, and there are only a few games left until the playoffs begin. So, how many games are left in the NHL season?
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How Many Games Left in the NHL Season?
With the NHL season nearing its end, fans are wondering how many games are left. As of March 5th, there are 186 games left to be played. This includes all games remaining in the regular season, as well as any potential playoff games.
What’s left to be decided in the NHL season?
With just a few days left in the NHL regular season, there are still a few things to be decided. Here’s a look at what’s left to be decided:
-The race for the Presidents’ Trophy is still close, with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading the Nashville Predators by just two points.
-The race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is tight, with the Carolina Hurricanes holding a one-point lead over the Montreal Canadiens.
-The Western Conference playoff race is also close, with just two points separating the third-place San Jose Sharks from the eighth-place Edmonton Oilers.
-The race for the Art Ross Trophy is still close, with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning leading Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks by just four points.
What teams are still in the running for the playoffs?
It’s hard to believe, but the NHL season is coming to a close. As of March 5th, there are only 31 games left in the regular season for most teams. So, which teams are still in the running for the playoffs?
As it stands right now, the Tampa Bay Lightning (113 points) and the Boston Bruins (105 points) have clinched their spot in the playoffs. The Washington Capitals (98 points), Pittsburgh Penguins (97 points), and Philadelphia Flyers (93 points) have also all clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
In the Western Conference, it’s a little bit more wide open. The Nashville Predators (101 points), Winnipeg Jets (99 points), Calgary Flames (98 points), Vegas Golden Knights (96 points), and San Jose Sharks (93 points) have all clinched playoff spots. That leaves about 10 teams vying for the final two playoff spots.
The race is currently being led by the Dallas Stars (91 points), Minnesota Wild (89 points), Colorado Avalanche (88 points), and St. Louis Blues (88 points). But, with so few games left in the season, anything could happen. It should be an exciting end to the NHL season!
Who’s leading the race for the Stanley Cup?
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and seven in Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded to the NHL playoff champion at the end of each season.
The 2017–18 NHL season is the 101st season of operation of the National Hockey League. The regular season began on October 4, 2017, and will end on April 8, 2018. The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin a few days afterwards.
What players are still in contention for the scoring title?
With just a few weeks left in the NHL season, there are still a few players in contention for the scoring title.
Edmonton Oilers’ center Connor McDavid leads the league with 103 points (41 goals, 62 assists), followed by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov with 102 points (38 goals, 64 assists).
Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand is third with 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists), while Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is fourth with 94 points (43 goals, 51 assists).
Matthews’ teammate, defenseman Morgan Rielly, rounds out the top five with 92 points (20 goals, 72 assists).
All five players have a chance to take home the scoring title, but it will likely be a two-man race between McDavid and Kucherov.
Who’s in danger of missing the playoffs?
With just under a month left in the season, there are a handful of teams on the bubble of making the playoffs or missing out entirely. Here’s a look at which teams are in danger of missing the playoffs and which ones are still fighting for their postseason lives.
As of March 5th, the Carolina Hurricanes sit outside of the playoff picture in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 77 points. They have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games but will need to put together a strong finish to the season to make the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets are also on the outside looking in, sitting in 10th place with 76 points. They too have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and will need to catch fire down the stretch if they want to make a push for the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, it’s a bit more dire for teams on the bubble as there are four teams within two points of each other fighting for two playoff spots. The Arizona Coyotes currently sit in 7th place with 80 points, but they have gone just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and will need to pick up their play if they want to hold onto a playoff spot. The Nashville Predators are right behind them in 8th place with 79 points and have gone 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
The Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets are currently tied for 9th place with 78 points each. Both teams have been hot as of late, with the Canucks going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and the Jets going 6-2-2. It’s going to be a tight race down the stretch for these two teams as they battle for a spot in the playoffs.
What teams are on the bubble?
With the NHL season quickly coming to an end, fans are wondering how many games are left and which teams are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
As of March 3rd, there are 71 games remaining in the regular season.
While every team has played a different number of games so far, the Chicago Blackhawks have the fewest amount of games remaining with only 19. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the most amount of games left to play with 28.
There are several teams that are on the bubble and their fate will be decided in these final few weeks. The Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets are all within 4 points of a playoff spot.
Which teams will make it to the playoffs? Fans will have to wait and see.
What’s at stake for the teams in the playoffs?
As the NHL season winds down, there are a few teams that have already clinched a playoff berth and a few that have been eliminated from contention. But for the majority of teams, there are still a few games left in the season and much at stake.
For teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators, who have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, they will be fighting for seeding. The Lightning currently sit atop the NHL standings and with just a few games remaining, they could potentially end up with the best record in the league. The Predators, on the other hand, are currently second in the Central Division and will be looking to hold off the Winnipeg Jets for that spot.
There are also a number of teams who are sitting on the playoff bubble and will need to put together a strong finish to clinch a spot. In the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers are all vying for a spot in the playoffs. In the Western Conference, it’s tighter than ever with eight teams within four points of each other fighting for those last two spots.
And then there are those teams who have already been eliminated from playoff contention but still have something to play for. These teams will be looking to finish strong and build momentum heading into next season. With that being said, here’s a look at what’s at stake for all 31 NHL teams heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
What are the key matchups in the playoffs?
As the NHL season comes to a close, there are a few key matchups to watch out for in the playoffs.
In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins are looking to defend their title against a resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning team. The Lightning have been one of the best teams in the league all season, and they will be a tough out in the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, the Vegas Golden Knights are looking to make a run at the Stanley Cup. They will have to go through a tough San Jose Sharks team, however, which is always tough in the playoffs.
whichever team comes out of these two conferences will have their work cut out for them in the Stanley Cup Finals.
How will the playoffs affect the NHL Draft?
The Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing and the race for the Stanley Cup is heating up. But for some teams, their focus is already on next season and the NHL Draft. How will the playoffs affect the NHL Draft?
After each round of the playoffs, the draft order is determined by a lottery. The teams that are eliminated in the first two rounds will have a better chance at getting the top pick in the draft. The team that wins the Stanley Cup will get the 32nd pick in the draft.
So, for teams that are still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, they could end up with a lower draft pick if they make it to the later rounds of the playoffs. However, they could also luck out and get a higher pick if they are eliminated early on.
The NHL Draft will be held on June 21st, 2019.