The Washington Capitals have clinched the #1 seed.
The New Jersey Devils will clinch the #2 seed if they get at least one point against the Buffalo Sabres, which would give the Sabres the #3 seed. The Sabres will finish #2 if they win at New Jersey in regulation time. That would drop the Devils to #3.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched the #4 seed.
The Ottawa Senators have clinched the #5 seed.
The Boston Bruins have clinched the #6 seed.
The winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game goes to the playoffs, the loser is eliminated. If the Flyers win, they clinch the #7 seed, the Montreal Canadiens are the #8 seed and the Rangers are eliminated. If the Rangers win, the Canadiens clinch the #7 seed, the Rangers are #8 and the Flyers are eliminated.
The Chicago Blackhawks will clinch the #1 seed if they defeat the Detroit Red Wings. Otherwise, the San Jose Sharks will claim the #1 seed and the Blackhawks will earn the #2 seed.
The Vancouver Canucks have clinched the #3 seed.
The Phoenix Coyotes have clinched the #4 seed.
The Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators will vie for the #5, #6 and #7 seeds today. Two games on the schedule (Detroit at Chicago, Los Angeles at Colorado) will determine the final order (Nashville is idle). Following is a summary of how all possible outcomes of those games would determine seeds 5 through 7:
Game Results #5 Seed (pts) #6 Seed (pts) #7 Seed (pts) Tie-Breaker Used
DET W, L.A. W DET 102 L.A. 101 NSH 100
DET OT, L.A. W L.A. 101 DET 101 NSH 100 (L.A. 46 wins, DET 43)
DET L, L.A. W L.A. 101 NSH 100 DET 100 (NSH 47 wins, DET 43)
DET W, L.A. OT DET 102 NSH 100 L.A. 100 (NSH 47 wins, L.A. 45)
DET OT, L.A. OT DET 101 NSH 100 L.A. 100 (NSH 47 wins, L.A. 45)
DET L, L.A. OT NSH 100 L.A. 100 DET 100 (NSH 47 wins, L.A. 45, DET 43)
DET W, L.A. L DET 102 NSH 100 L.A. 99
DET OT, L.A. L DET 101 NSH 100 L.A. 99
DET L, L.A. L NSH 100 DET 100 L.A. 99 (NSH 47 wins, DET 43)
(W - win L - loss in regulation OT - loss in overtime or shootout)
The Colorado Avalanche have clinched the #8 seed.