The Boston Bruins have clinched their fifth consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Boston cemented its berth with a 3-0 win over the Devils Monday night, and the East Division's four playoff spots have been claimed.
Now it becomes a battle for playoff seeding with the season winding down. Three of the 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.
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 third in the East Division and sit four points behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins. Boston has one game in hand on the New York Islanders and two games in hand on the Penguins.
|1. Pittsburgh Penguins||55||36-16-3||75||33|
|2. Washington Capitals||53||34-14-5||73||31|
|3. Boston Bruins||53||32-14-7||71||28|
|4. New York Islanders||54||31-17-6||68||27|
|5. New York Rangers||55||26-23-6||58||25|
|6. Philadelphia Flyers||53||23-23-7||53||20|
|7. New Jersey Devils||54||19-28-7||45||19|
|8. Buffalo Sabres||55||15-33-7||37||11|
Who would the Bruins play in the first round?
The Bruins would play the Washington Capitals in the first round if the current standings hold. Boston is currently 4-1-2 against Washington this season.
Here are the East playoff matchups if the season ended today:
|No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins||No. 4 New York Islanders|
|No. 2 Washington Capitals||No. 3 Boston Bruins|
What is the Bruins' remaining schedule?
The Bruins have three games left in the regular season, with two games coming against East Division playoff teams. Two of Boston's final three games will be played on home ice at TD Garden.
Here is the Bruins' remaining regular-season schedule:
|Saturday, May 8||vs. Rangers|
|Monday, May 10||vs. Islanders|
|Tuesday, May 11||at Capitals|
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 -- which are the best odds in the East Division.
We'll update this article as the playoffs near, so stay tuned for the latest on the Bruins' postseason scenarios.
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