NHL Division Standings

2020-21 National Hockey League Magic Numbers

Update to how "No Control" numbers are presented

We've previously shown the letters "NC" if a team has no control of their own destiny for a seed. We've had some user feedback that suggested we try showing the number anyway, even if the team needs help to secure that seed.

We'll be testing this out on the MLB & NHL standings pages. You'll now see a teams Magic Number, faded out and surrounded by brackets, when they have no control of their own destiny, but can still achieve a seed with help from the other teams.

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Central

Central GP/R W L OTL PTS
CAR 53/3 36 10 7 79   3
TBL 53/3 36 14 3 75 [11]   5
FLA 54/2 35 14 5 75 [11] [7]  
NSH 54/2 29 23 2 60   3
DAL 53/3 21 18 14 56 [9]  
CHI 53/3 22 25 6 50 [13]  
CBJ 54/2 17 25 12 46 [11]   4
DET 54/2 18 27 9 45 [6]  

East

East GP/R W L OTL PTS
WAS 53/3 34 14 5 73   5 5 2
PIT 54/2 35 16 3 73 [7]   5 2
BOS 52/4 31 14 7 69 [11] 9   6
NYI 53/3 31 16 6 68 [12] [10] [10]  
NYR 54/2 26 22 6 58   2
PHI 53/3 23 23 7 53 [10]  
NJD 53/3 18 28 7 43  
BUF 54/2 15 32 7 37  

North

North GP/R W L OTL PTS
TOR 52/4 33 13 6 72   5
EDM 51/5 32 17 2 66 [15]   2
WPG 52/4 28 21 3 59 [18]   7
MTL 52/4 24 19 9 57 [11]   3
CGY 51/5 22 26 3 47 [19]   7 [13]
OTT 53/3 21 27 5 47 [11]   [13]
VAN 47/9 19 25 3 41 [27] [25] 17 13  

West

West GP/R W L OTL PTS
LAS 52/4 37 13 2 76   7 4
COL 51/5 34 13 4 72 [13]   8
MIN 52/4 33 14 5 71 [14] [12]  
STL 51/5 24 19 8 56   3
ARI 54/2 22 26 6 50   [9] 5
LAK 51/5 21 24 6 48 [19] 7   7
SJS 53/3 21 26 6 48 7 [11]  
ANA 54/2 17 30 7 41  
2020-21 NHL Season Notes
The National Hockey League has made adjustments for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The 2020-21 NHL season will begin January 13.
  • The divisions have been temporarily realigned to limit travel, and keep the Canadian teams together as travel restrictions still apply between the United States and Canada
  • Teams will play all games within their division
  • Teams will play 56 games, instead of the usual 82

Four teams from each division qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs:

  • The top four teams from each division will play in an intra-divisional first two rounds - #1 vs. #4, #2 vs #3 for the first round, with the winners of each series playing each other the second round
  • The four divisional winners will be reseeded by their regular season points totals, and will play #1 vs. #4, #2 vs #3 in the Semifinal round
  • The two semifinal winners will play in the Stanley Cup Finals

Clinched playoff berth
In the hunt
Eliminated from the playoffs

Tie for the division, wildcard, or seeding

  1. The greater number of games won (not including games won in a shootout)
  2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
  3. Goal differential

Tiebreaking prodecures from NHL.com

Updated: May 6, 2021 11:00am ET