March NHL News, Standings and Opinion (Week of 3/28)


I cannot believe March is almost behind us! Today will be the last NHL standings update of the month of March and then we will be gearing up for April and eventually the end of the regular season.

The playoff race is heating up, and there are some interesting battles to follow throughout the league, like who makes it in with the wild card in the west and who will be the top three teams in the Atlantic Division.

The Boston Bruins are making a push for the third spot, in the Atlantic, and this race could go down to the end of the season. Let’s jump in with some standings and news from around the league!

Atlantic Division Standings:

Florida Panthers 44-15-6 94 Pts

Tampa Bay Lightning 41-18-6 88 Pts

Toronto Maple Leafs 41-19-5 87 Pts

Boston Bruins 41-19-5 87 Pts

Detroit Red Wings 26-32-8 60 Pts

Buffalo Sabres 23-33-10 56 Pts

Ottawa Senators 23-36-6 52 Pts

Montreal Canadiens 18-37-11 47 Pts

Division News

The Atlantic Division has a lot of favorites for the Stanley Cup, but only one team can come out on top. Some of the trade deadline moves the teams in the division made will help set them apart from their competitors, and we took a look and graded the moves from the Atlantic Division teams.

Metropolitan Division Standings:

Carolina Hurricanes 43-15-7 93 Pts

Pittsburgh Penguins 40-17-10 90 Pts

New York Rangers 42-19-5 89 Pts

Washington Capitals 32-29-10 84 Pts

Columbus Blue Jackets 32-29-5 69 Pts

New York Islanders 28-27-9 65 Pts

Philadelphia Flyers 21-34-11 53 Pts

New Jersey Devils 24-37-5 53 Pts

Division News

The big news out of the Metro has to be the big night from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Beating the Detroit Red Wings 11-2 is the biggest win in the Salary Cap era and featured a night where all but three players got at least a point, and one of those players who missed out on the action was the goalie!

Central Division Standings:

Colorado Avalanche 46-14-6 98 Pts

Minnesota Wild 40-20-4 84 Pts

Nashville Predators 38-24-4 80 Pts

St. Louis Blues 35-20-9 79 Pts

Dallas Stars 36-25-3 75 Pts

Winnipeg Jets 32-25-10 74 Pts

Chicago Blackhawks 24-32-10 58 Pts

Arizona Coyotes 20-40-5 45 Pts

Division News

The Colorado Avalanche are the favorite to win the Stanley Cup and capture the Presidents Trophy, but that trophy has been a curse more than a blessing in years past. The Central has a lot of competitive teams including a tough race for the Wild Card spots that includes the Predators, Blues, and Stars.

Pacific Division Standings:

Calgary Flames 40-17-8 88 Pts

Los Angeles Kings 36-22-9 81 Pts

Edmonton Oilers 36-25-5 77 Pts

Vegas Golden Knights 36-28-4 76 Pts

Vancouver Canucks 32-26-9 73 Pts

San Jose Sharks 29-28-8 66 Pts

Anaheim Ducks 27-29-11 65 Pts

Seattle Kraken 20-39-6 46 Pts

Division News

The Pacific Division is a mixed bunch of teams as usual. The Calgary Flames look like the top team around but considering they will face off against a wild card team we could see them face the Vegas Golden Knights in round one which definitely is not a match made in heaven. Honestly, the pairing of LA and Edmonton looks like the strangest round one matchup in the league potentially considering neither team looks to be that competitive in the grand scheme of things.

The playoffs are a little over a month away and it definitely is going to be fun to watch!