Breaking Down Every NHL Team's Playoff Chances Post-Trade Deadline

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Breaking Down Every NHL Team's Playoff Chances Post-Trade Deadline
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Now that the trade deadline dust has had 24 hours to settle, how has the NHL playoff picture changed? Teams like Montreal, Minnesota, Los Angeles and the Rangers have greatly improved their situations, while teams like Vancouver, Columbus and Tampa Bay have been stung.

To compute every team's chances of making the playoffs, a combination of various statistical approaches were used, like those published by Sports Club Stats, Playoff Status and Hockey Reference. Each of these systems takes the current positioning of each team and the matchups in the schedule's remaining games into account.

While this isn't a complete breakdown of the trades that were made, those with the most significant impact on each team's calculated chances are studied.

In the end, we've got all 30 NHL teams coming up, including where they are now, what to expect and the impact of the trade deadline on their playoff chances. Let's begin!


All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.



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