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NHL Power Rankings: Rangers No. 1 for fifth straight week
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NHL Power Rankings: Rangers No. 1 for fifth straight week
SI Staff
Tuesday March 31st, 2015

With the 2014-15 NHL regular season coming to a close, the race to grab the top seeds and final playoff berths is going down to the wire. Below, SI.com has postseason projections of all eight first-round matchups if the season ended today, along with a breakdown of the teams on the outside looking in.

All playoff spots have been clinched and the East seeds are set.

FORMAT NOTE: The top three teams in each division (Atlantic, Metro, Central and Pacific) qualify. The final four “wild card” spots are filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference. It is possible that five teams could come from one division in each conference, and three from the others. In the first round, the division winner with the best record in each conference plays the corresponding wild card team that has the worst record; the wild card team with the better record of the two plays the other division winner while the teams that finish second and third in each division meet. Home-ice advantage in the first two rounds goes to the team that finished highest in the regular season standings. 

Last updated on April 11.

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  • Western Conference
    [C1] blues
    RECORD: 51-24-7 (109 Pts)
    VS
    [wc 2] jets
    RECORD: 43-26-13 (99 pts)
    [P1] ducks
    RECORD: 50-24-7 (107 Pts)
    VS
    [wc 1] wild
    RECORD: 46-28-8 (100 pts)
     
    [C2] predators
    RECORD: 47-24-10 (104 pts)
    VS
    [C3] blackhawks
    RECORD: 48-27-6 (102 pts)
     
    [P2] canucks
    RECORD: 47-29-5 (99 pts)
    VS
    [p3] flames
    RECORD: 45-30-7 (97 pts)
  • Eastern Conference
    [M1] rangers
    RECORD: 53-22-7 (113 pts)
    VS
    [WC 2] penguins
    RECORD: 43-27-12 (98 pts)
     
    [A1] canadiens
    RECORD: 50-22-10 (110 pts)
    VS
    [WC 1] Senators
    RECORD: 43-26-13 (99 pts)
    [A2] lightning
    RECORD: 49-24-8 (106 pts)
    VS
    [A3] red wings
    RECORD: 43-25-14 (100 pts)
     
    [M2] capitals
    RECORD: 45-26-11 (101 pts)
    VS
    [m3] islanders
    RECORD: 47-28-7 (100 pts)
    IN THE HUNT
    # TEAM Points BACK
    E1 Bruins 1

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