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NHL playoff picture: Blackhawks leapfrog Wild, Flames rise in Pacific

Bruce Fedyck / Reuters

The Chicago Blackhawks jumped over the Minnesota Wild by edging the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames moved past the Los Angeles Kings into third place in the Pacific Division with a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Here's how the playoff picture looks after a busy Sunday slate:

Eastern Conference


Team GP Points
x-Montreal 76 102
Tampa Bay 76 99
Detroit 75 92

The Detroit Red Wings failed to gain ground in the Atlantic Division, losing 5-4 to the New York Islanders.


Team GP Points
x-New York Rangers 75 101
Pittsburgh 76 95
New York Islanders 77 95

The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout and leapfrogged the Islanders because they have a game in hand.

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Washington 76 92
Boston 76 89
Ottawa 75 86
Florida 76 85

The Washington Capitals defeated the Rangers 5-2, the Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime and the Florida Panthers doubled up the Senators 4-2.

Current Matchups

Montreal (A1) vs. Boston (WC2)

Tampa Bay (A2) vs. Detroit (A3)

New York Rangers (M1) vs. Washington (WC1)

Pittsburgh (M2) vs. New York Islanders (M3)

Western Conference


Team GP Points
x-Nashville 77 102
St. Louis 75 99
Chicago 75 96

The Blackhawks earned a 4-3 victory over the Jets and moved past the Wild into third place in the division. Chicago trails the St. Louis Blues by three points for second place.


Team GP Points
x-Anaheim 78 105
Vancouver 75 91
Calgary 76 89

The Flames' win over the Predators vaulted them back into third place in the division, putting some heat on the idle Vancouver Canucks.

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Minnesota 76 95
Winnipeg 76 90
Los Angeles 75 88
Dallas 76 84

Minnesota slipped back down to the first wild card spot thanks to the Blackhawks' win over the Jets, and Winnipeg's loss means the Kings can leapfrog them with a win over Chicago on Monday. Los Angeles has more regulation or overtime wins - ROWs - than the Jets.

Current Matchups

Nashville (C1) vs. Minnesota (WC1)

St. Louis (C2) vs. Chicago (C3)

Anaheim (P1) vs. Winnipeg (WC2)

Vancouver (P2) vs. Calgary (P3)

Race for Last

Team GP Points
Buffalo 75 48
Arizona 76 54
Edmonton 75 57
Toronto 76 62

The Buffalo Sabres battle the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The Edmonton Oilers play the Colorado Avalanche that same evening, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are off until Tuesday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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