The Pittsburgh Penguins have already clinched the worst record in the NHL. They’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see if that translates into the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
The Penguins will first conclude the regular season against the visiting Washington Capitals.
With 59 points, the Capitals are tied with the Chicago for 28th in the NHL. The Blackhawks finish their season against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Since the Capitals already have three more victories than the Blackhawks, they would finish 28th if the teams have the same number of points at season’s end.
The draft lottery, which takes place Tuesday, gives the 30th-place team a 25 percent chance to win. Under the weighted system, the winning club may not move up more than four spots; therefore, only the teams with the five worst records can earn the No. 1 pick.
Left winger Kelly Buchberger said the Penguins are not concerned about finishing with the league’s worst record.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Buchberger said. “There’s nothing that we can really control.”
The Capitals, who beat the Penguins 4-2 on Tuesday, are winless in their last two games. After tying Boston 3-3 on Thursday, Washington lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
Leading scorer Jeff Halpern had two goals—the first time this season he’s had more than one. He has 20 points in his last 19 games.
“It hasn’t been a whole lot of fun this year,” Halpern said. “When you’re losing games, it doesn’t make any of the (individual stats) feel any good.”