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NHL Playoff Picture 2019: Updated Standings and Bracket Outlook

The countdown is on and in less than a month, the NHL regular season will be completed and the Stanley Cup playoffs will be underway.

While the Tampa Bay Lightning are seemingly just a few victories away from clinching the Presidents Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the postseason, there are significant playoff races going on in both conferences, and results from each night's game change the perspective and position of the teams involved.

Eastern Conference

The top three teams in the Atlantic Division appear quite secure. The Lightning (110 points) have a 17-point lead over the Boston Bruins, who have now dropped two games in a row after a 19-game point streak.