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

Of the NHL’s four rebuilt divisions, the Central Division now has the toughest race in the top three: The Carolina Hurricanes (62 points), Florida Panthers (61) and Tampa Bay Lightning (60) are all teams to beat.

Monday night sees two of those clubs across the street when the Lightning host the Hurricanes at 7pm. IT. The season series now stands at 3-3, with the Lightning holding a 13-12 goal advantage. The Canes defeated the Nashville Predators, in part due to a decisive point from rookie Jani Hakanpaa late in the game. The Lightning, meanwhile, are coming off a dangerous 5-3 defeat against the Panthers.

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.

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Current elimination races
Choice race #1

Eastern Division

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Micah Zibanejad scored a key power play goal for the Rangers, making it 5-3 in favor of the Devils.

Glasses: 62
Winning rules : 24
Playoff Positions: E1
Left-handed games : 10
Next Match : @ NYI (April 22)
Playoff odds: 98.3%
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: 92.7%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 59 The
plan wins : 21
Playoff position : E3
remaining matches : 11
Next game: vs NJ (April 20)
Playoff chances: 96.8%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 56 The
plan wins : 18
Playoff position : E4
Games on the left: 13
Next game: @ BUF (April 20)
Playoff odds: 89.8%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 52Rules wins: 20
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ NYI (April 20)
Playoff odds: 21.9%
Tragic figure : 19

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 13 Position
Playoff : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ NYR (April 22)
Playoff odds: 0.5%
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

Glasses: 62
Winning rules : 21
Playoff position : C1
Play on the left : 13
Next game: @ TB (April 19)
Playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 61 The
plan wins : 20
Playoff position : C2
Games on the left : 11
Next game: vs CBJ (April 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 60 victories of the
diet: 24
Playoff Positions: C3
Play on the left : 12
Next game: vs. CAR (19 April)
Qualification Opportunities: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 49 The
plan wins : 16 Position
Playoff : C4
games on the left: 10
Next game: vs. CHI (April 19)
Playoff odds: 28.2%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ NSH (April 19)
Playoff odds: 10.6%
Tragic figure : 20

Glasses: 46
The plan wins : 15
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 13
Next game: vs. DET (April 19)
Playoff odds: 61.3%
Tragic figure : 23

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 10
Next Match : @ FLA (April 19)
Playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 10

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 10
Next Match : @ DAL (April 19)
Playoff odds: 0%
Tragic number : 9

Northern Division

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Bo Horvat scored twice, including the winning goal, as Vancouver returned from a 25-day KOVID break in Toronto.

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: 54
Regulatory victories : 24
Playoff Positions: N3
Games on the left: 13
Next game: vs MTL (April 19)
Qualifying opportunities: 99.1%
Tragic number : N/A

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 17
Playoff position : N4
Left games : 14
Next game: @ EDM (April 19)
Playoff odds: 76.4%
Tragic figure : N/A

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 16
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 12
Next game: vs. OTT (April 19)
Playoff odds: 19.7%
Tragic figure : 18

Glasses: 37 The
plan wins : 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 18
Next game: vs TOR (April 20)
Qualifying opportunities: 5%
Tragic number : 26

Glasses: The 34
plan wins: 11
Playoffs : N/A
remaining matches : 11
Next game: @ CGY (April 19)
Playoff Ratings: 0%
Tragic number : 9

Western Division

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Shea Theodore sends a pass through the Ducks’ defense to Mark Stone, who scored a power play goal in Las Vegas’ 5-2 win over Anaheim.

Spectacle: 64 regulation wins
: 27
Playoff position : W1
The games remain : 13
Next game: @ STL (April 22)
Playoff odds : 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Spectacle: 64 regulation wins
: 25
Playoff position : W2
remaining matches : 12
Next game: vs SJ (April 19)
Playoff chances: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 57 The
plan wins : 22
Playoff position : W3
Game Links : 13
Next game: @ ARI (April 19)
Playoff odds: 100%
Tragic Number : N/A

Glasses: 45Playoff position 16Playoff position Profit control : W4
remaining matches : 11
Next game: vs. MIN (April 19)
Playoff odds: 45.6%
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: 34.2%
Tragic figure : 25

Glasses: 40 victories of the
diet: 12
Playoff Positions: N/A
remaining matches : 12 Next game: @ VGS (April 19)
Playoff odds: 9.1%
Tragic figure : 19

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14
Playoff position : N/A
remaining matches : 14
Next game: vs. ANA (20 April)
Qualifying opportunities: 11.1%
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

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. 4 Arizona Coyotes
No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights 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: The 34
plan wins: 11

Glasses: 35 The
plan wins : 9

Glasses: 37 The
plan wins : 11

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14

Glasses: 38 The
plan wins : 14

Glasses: 39 The
plan wins : 11

Glasses: 40 victories of the
diet: 12

Glasses: 41 The
plan wins : 16

Glasses: 44 The
plan wins : 13

Glasses: 46
The plan wins : 15

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 13

Glasses: 47
Winning rules : 14

Glasses: 52Rules wins: 20

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