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San Jose Sharks' Colin White, left, and Jamie McGinn sandwich Calgary Flames' Tom Kostopoulos. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
San Jose Sharks' Colin White, left, and Jamie McGinn sandwich Calgary Flames' Tom Kostopoulos. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The NHL's playoff push Add to ...

Last updated after Feb. 12 games

Well we're down to the nitty gritty in the NHL's playoff race.

Given how things currently sit, we project that the postseason cutoff in both conferences will be roughly 92 points. That can shift slightly over the final 25 or so games, but it shouldn't move more than a point or two.

Taking into account that projected mark for eighth place, here is the record all 30 teams will need in their remaining games to get there:

Eastern Conference (92 points)

  1. N.Y. Rangers - 7-20-1
  2. Boston - 11-18-0
  3. Philadelphia - 11-14-1
  4. Pittsburgh - 11-14-1
  5. New Jersey - 13-14-0
  6. Florida - 13-13-1
  7. Washington - 15-11-1
  8. Toronto - 15-11-0
  9. Ottawa - 14-10-0
  10. Winnipeg - 17-8-0
  11. Montreal - 18-7-1
  12. Tampa Bay - 19-8-0
  13. N.Y. Islanders - 19-8-0
  14. Buffalo - 19-8-0
  15. Carolina - 20-5-1

Western Conference (92 points)

  1. Detroit - 7-18-0
  2. St. Louis - 8-18-1
  3. Vancouver - 9-18-0
  4. Nashville - 11-15-0
  5. San Jose - 13-16-0
  6. Chicago - 13-12-1
  7. Los Angeles - 13-11-1
  8. Phoenix - 15-11-0
  9. Dallas - 16-10-1
  10. Calgary - 16-10-0
  11. Minnesota - 17-10-0
  12. Colorado - 16-9-0
  13. Anaheim - 19-7-1
  14. Edmonton - 21-5-1
  15. Columbus - eliminated (max 90 points)

So long to the Blue Jackets hopes of making it, as they're the first team eliminated by these projections.

We will generally keep this list updated roughly once a week until early April, so feel free to check back as more teams fall out of contention.

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