NHL playoff odds updated predictions for road to the 2018 Stanley Cup

Philadelphias probability to keep a playoff berth is 96 percent, up 8 percent from last week. The Devils are at 78 percent while the Panthers have fallen 16 percent.

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NHL playoff odds updated predictions for road to the 2018 Stanley Cup

The head-to-head battle for the final wild card spot seems to be between the surging Avalanche and the Blues. Boasting almost similar numbers as the Blues, the Avalanche have a slim lead. Theyre 55.9 percent probability to make it. TheCalgary Flamesare the latest team hanging by a mathematical thread. Their chances dropped 19 percent from last week to a non-existent at 0.001 percent.

AccuScoresNHL playoff probabilities will be updated on a weekly basis.

ThePhiladelphia Flyers, Florida PanthersandNew Jersey Devilsare still in the mix for the wild-ard spots. The Flyers have the advantage with four points to New Jersey and seven points to Florida. However, the Panthers have three games in hand compared to the Flyers and two to the Devils. While Florida can still leapfrog the Devils, the wild-card spots are the Flyers and Devils to lose.

AccuScore simulates the rest of the 2017-18 NHL season to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to the Stanley Cup.

In the East, the top three teams in each division are all but set.Tampa Bay, BostonandTorontoare likely to take the Atlantic, whileWashington, PittsburghandColumbusare more than 99 percent probable in the Metropolitan division.

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Each week,AccuScorewill update its 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs forecast by simulating the remainder of the NHL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to the Stanley Cup. Below are the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NHL playoffs and how they have changed.

Eliminated from playoff contention (0.00%):Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, New York Rangers

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Mathematically, only Tampa Bay, Boston and Nashvillehave clinched the playoff spots, but the other locks are so close to 100 percent theres no chance theyd fall out of the picture.

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The NHL regular season is nearing the end. Practically six teams from each conference are set for the postseason, but the wild card race is raging.

Down the line it gets a lot hairier, with theLos Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado AvalancheandSt. Louis Bluesstill very much in the mix. TheDallas Starsare hanging in there, as well, but their current form isnt exactly encouraging.

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The New York teams are effectively out of the contest, with their already dwindling numbers down to 0 percent from last update. TheCarolina Hurricanescan start their summer preparations as well, with just a 0.003 percent chance for the playoffs.

What looked like a lost season at around the deadline has turned into a battle for another playoff berth, and the Blues have won five straight.

NHL playoff odds, updated predictions for road to the 2018 Stanley Cup

The West is pretty much wide open. The locks are theNashville Predators, Winnipeg JetsandVegas Golden Knights, with theSan Jose SharksandMinnesota Wildall but certain as well.

The Kings and Ducks are battling not only for the wild card spot, but the third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings hold the edge with a better ROW number. Their playoff chances are up more than 20 percent since the last update. With the Stars falling fast with a measly 7 percent probability to make it to playoffs, the Blues are taking advantage and climbing from 24 percent to 58 percent probability.

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