With today's win against Buffalo and Washington's overtime win Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched first place in the East Division.
Pittsburgh and Washington can still finish the season with the same amount of points (77) and regulation wins (29) which is the first tie breaker, but Pittsburgh has the edge in the second tie-breaker, regulation plus overtime wins, regardless of what happens in Washington's final game.
The division title is the ninth in franchise history, and first since the 2013-14 season.
The Penguins finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 37-16-3 record, good for 77 points. Pittsburgh's .688 points percentage this year is the third-best points percentage in team history.
|2012-13 ||.750 |
|1992-93 ||.708 |
|2020-21 ||.688 |
|2016-17 ||.677 |
|2013-14 ||.665 |
|Year ||PTS% |
Pittsburgh was led by captain Sidney Crosby, who ranks eighth in the NHL in scoring with a team-high 62 points (24G-38A). He finished as the team's point leader for the 11th time in his career, tying Mario Lemieux for the team record.
The Penguins will face off in Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against either the Boston Bruins or New York Islanders. Both the Bruins and Islanders have games remaining which can affect seeding. A full schedule will be announced by the NHL at a later date.