NHL Playoff standings 2021: Boston Bruins odds, scenarios

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Bruins playoff picture: Where B's stand in tight East race originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins are on track for their fifth consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Boston had won six consecutive games after bolstering its roster before the April 12 trade deadline by acquiring forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar, as well as defenseman Mike Reilly, before dropping Friday night's game to the lowly Buffalo Sabres and Sunday's game to the Pittsburg Penguins.

The battle for playoff seeding in the East Division will be an exciting one over the next few weeks, where the top four teams are separated by seven games or fewer. All of the top four teams have a good chance to earn the No. 1 seed and home-ice advantage for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.

So, where does the Original Six franchise stand with less than a month until the regular season ends May 11? Here is all the information you need as the Bruins make their push for the postseason.

What is the format for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The NHL is using a divisional playoff format for the 2020-21 season similar to what it used before 1993-94 when the Smythe, Norris, Patrick and Adams divisions were in place.

The top four teams in each division earn a playoff berth. 

The first round of the playoffs will feature the No. 1 seed having home ice advantage versus the No. 4 seed, and the same for the No. 2 seed against the No. 3 seed. The winner of those Round 1 series will square off in what is essentially the division final. 

The four second round winners will advance to the league semifinals, where each team will be re-seeded based on regular season total points in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 bracket. The two semifinal winners will meet in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Where are the Bruins in the East Division standings?

The Bruins are fourth in the East Division and sit seven points behind the first-place Penguins. Boston has one game in hand on the Penguins, Capitals and Islanders. 

The Rangers are the only real threat to the Bruins' chances of earning a playoff spot. New York trails Boston by six points and has played two more games. 

East Division

GP

W-L-OTL

PTS

ROW

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

49

32-14-3

67

29

2. Washington Capitals

48

31-13-4

66

28

3. New York Islanders

48

29-14-5

63

25

4. Boston Bruins

47

27-14-6

60

23

5. New York Rangers

49

25-18-6

56

24

6. Philadelphia Flyers

48

22-19-7

51

19

7. New Jersey Devils

48

14-27-7

35

14

8. Buffalo Sabres

49

13-29-7

33

10

 

Who would the Bruins play in the first round?

The Bruins would play the Penguins in the first round if the current standings hold. Boston has a 4-3 record and is tied in goal differential with Pittsburgh after seven games this season. These teams will play one more time in the regular season on April 27. 

Here are the East playoff matchups if the season ended today:

No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins

No. 4 Boston Bruins

No. 2 Washington Capitals

No. 3 New York Islanders

 

What is the Bruins' remaining schedule?

The Bruins have 9 games left in the regular season. The remaining schedule is pretty soft, and it includes two more games against the last-place Sabres and two versus the seventh-place Devils. Five of Boston's final eight games will be played on home ice at TD Garden.

Here are the Bruins' next five games: 

Tuesday, April 27

at Penguins

Thursday, April 29

vs. Sabres

Saturday, May 1

vs. Sabres

Monday, May 3

at Devils

Tuesday, May 4

at Devils

 

What are the Bruins' playoff odds?

The Bruins currently have +1100 odds to win the 2021 Stanley Cup championship -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook. These odds are the sixth-best in the league. The three teams in front of them in the division standings are the Penguins at +1400, Islanders at +1600 and Capitals at +1400. 

The B's are tied with the Capitals as favorites to win the East Division with +225 odds.

We'll update this article as the playoffs near, so stay tuned for the latest on the Bruins' postseason scenarios.

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