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NHL standings as the Christmas break arrives; Buffalo in 27th

If the NHL season ended today ... there'd be a lot of baffled season-ticket holders who wouldn't know what to do with their remaining tickets.

But, putting that aside, here is the list of teams that would make the playoffs:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Montreal

2. Tampa Bay

3. Detroit

Metropolitan Division

1. Pittsburgh

2. N.Y. Islanders

3. N.Y. Rangers

Wild card

1. Toronto

2. Washington

Western Conference

Central Division

1. Chicago

2. Nashville

3. St. Louis

Pacific Division

1. Anaheim

2. San Jose

3. Vancouver

Wild card

1. Winnipeg

2. Los Angeles

More important to the fans in Buffalo is the race to last place. Here is how that is going, with games played, victories, losses, overtime/shootout losses, points, regulation/overtime wins.

30. Edmonton     35    7    21    7    21    7

29. Carolina 34    10    20    4    24    9

28. Arizona 34    12    18    4    28    10

27. Buffalo 35    13    19    3    29    8

 

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