NHL Playoff Standings 2016: Latest Picture, Projected Bracket and Races to Watch

March 29th, 2016 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The NHL regular season has reached the end stretch, and the Eastern Conference race for the two wild-card spots is a four-way battle.

As play gets underway Tuesday, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers were manning those two spots with 89 and 87 points, respectively.

However, neither of those teams is safe to make the playoffs, and neither are the Boston Bruins, who have 88 points and are in third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Detroit Red Wings, who hung on for dear life in their Monday night 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, have the same 87 points as the Flyers. Since Philadelphia has one game in hand on Detroit, it currently possesses the edge in the standings.

That may turn out to be little comfort for Philadelphia. When the season comes to its conclusion and all teams have played the same number of games, the first tiebreaker used to determine which team makes the playoffs is regulation and overtime wins (ROW in the NHL standings).

The Red Wings, Bruins and Islanders have earned 36 ROW wins, while the Flyers have 35. Philadelphia picked up a 3-2 overtime win over ...

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