NHL playoff picture: Ducks on top in the West; Capitals swat Bruins

Jake Roth / Reuters

The New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks continued their dominance on Sunday, as both squads took home victories, cementing their stance atop their respective conferences. The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins went face-to-face in an important matchup at the bottom of the playoff picture, with Washington taking the win.

Here's how the rest of the league looks after an exciting Sunday night:

Eastern Conference


Team GP Points
Montreal 69 93
Tampa Bay 70 91
Detroit 68 87

The Red Wings dominated a Penguins team that was without Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist, helping them move up the standings with the 5-1 victory.


Team GP Points
N.Y. Rangers 68 95
N.Y. Islanders 71 90
Pittsburgh 69 88

The Rangers remained on top of the Metropolitan with their win over the Florida Panthers, while Pittsburgh stayed put with a devastating loss at the hands of Detroit.

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Washington 70 84
Boston 69 82
Ottawa 68 77
Florida 69 76

The Capitals moved past the Bruins after their Sunday match-up, with Ottawa closing in after their win over Philadelphia. Florida stayed still after their loss.

Current Matchups

Montreal (A1) vs. Washington (WC1)

Tampa Bay (A2) vs. Detroit (A3)

N.Y. Rangers (M1) vs. Boston (WC2) 

N.Y. Islanders (M2) vs. Pittsburgh (M3) 

Western Conference


Team GP Points
St. Louis 69 93
Nashville 71 93
Chicago 68 88

After going up early against a tough Anaheim squad, Nashville squandered a lead and lost two points in the process. St. Louis was triumphant over Dallas, moving them up the standings. Chicago had the night off and stood still.


Team GP Points
Anaheim 71 95
Vancouver 68 82
Calgary 69 81

The Ducks were the only movers in the Pacific with their win over the Predators, while Vancouver and Calgary both had the night off. 

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Minnesota 69 83
Winnipeg 69 80
Los Angeles 68 79
San Jose 69 76
Colorado 69 75

The Western Conference wild card race showed no movement, as all teams had the night off on Sunday.

Current Matchups

St. Louis (C1) vs. Minnesota (WC1)

Nashville (C2) vs. Chicago (C3)

Anaheim (P1) vs. Winnipeg (WC2)

Vancouver (P2) vs. Calgary (P3) 

Race for Last

Team GP Points
Buffalo 68 44
Edmonton 69 48
Arizona 69 50
Toronto 70 60
Carolina 68 60
Columbus 69 64

Carolina took a 3-2 win over Columbus, which moves them higher in the standings than Toronto, giving the Maple Leafs a better chance at landing top pick in the McDavid sweepstakes.

NHL playoff picture: Ducks on top in the West; Capitals swat Bruins
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