NHL ’21 Division Rankings and Playoffs

These are just rankings based on what I think. In a 56-game season where there could be Covid positives, pauses and player movement at the trade deadline, a lot can change. Keep that in mind.

Only four teams per division make the playoffs. It’s divisional format like the old days which means 1 plays 4, 2 plays 3 and the winners face each other for a chance at the Conference Final. Very simple. Now can we go back to the Wales and Campbell? Get back to tradition.


Patrick Division

*1. Flyers

*2. Capitals

*3. Bruins

*4. Islanders

5. Penguins

6. Rangers

7. Sabres

8. Devils

(1) Flyers over (4) Islanders

(3) Bruins over (2) Capitals

Flyers over Bruins

Adams Division

*1. Lightning

*2. Hurricanes

*3. Stars

*4. Blue Jackets

5. Predators

6. Panthers

7. Blackhawks

8. Red Wings

(1) Lightning over (4) Blue Jackets

(3) Stars over (2) Hurricanes

Lightning over Stars

Wales Conference Final

Lightning over Flyers


Norris Division

*1. Golden Knights

*2. Avalanche

*3. Blues

*4. Wild

5. Coyotes

6. Kings

7. Ducks

8. Sharks

(1) Golden Knights over (4) Wild

(2) Avalanche over (3) Blues

Avalanche over Golden Knights

Smythe Division

*1. Maple Leafs

*2. Canadiens

*3. Flames

*4. Canucks

5. Jets

6. Oilers

7. Senators

(4) Canucks over (1) Maple Leafs

(2) Canadiens over (3) Flames

Canadiens over Canucks

Campbell Conference Final

Avalanche over Canadiens

Stanley Cup

Avalanche over Lightning

NHL Awards

Conn Smythe Nathan MacKinnon

Hart Nathan MacKinnon

Norris Seth Jones

Vezina Carey Price

Calder Kirill Kaprizov

Selke Anthony Cirelli

Byng Artemi Panarin

Adams Claude Julien

First Coach Fired Jeff Blashill

First Coach Hired Gerard Gallant

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to NHL ’21 Division Rankings and Playoffs

  1. hasan4978 says:

    It’s more like the Patrick Division plus since it also added Boston and Buffalo. But yeah, I pretty much agree with your order in our division although 3-6 could be a bit fluid. That Adams division, oof…Detroit’s gonna wind up with the worst record in the league again. I might pick Nashville over CBJ for the last spot (especially with Dubois wanting out) but you never know with a Hynes team. The Norris top three is brutal, whoever gets the #4 seed (either Minnesota or Arizona) really gets a booby prize. I think you’re too bullish on Montreal but that IS a wide open division.

    Some of the travel is weird too, they weren’t able to make the division play as clean as baseball did travel-wise because of the Canada problem in part. One thing I didn’t add in my post is probably not being able to go to any games this year might also be contributing to my blase mood toward this season, even if I might have started peacing out on going to games halfway through the season, tomorrow will still be the first home opener I miss being at since 2003 tbh.

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    • Derek Felix says:

      I understand how you feel. I know what it’s like to not know or have much expectations. The division is tough. The Pens have the offense but can they keep goals out? They looked hideous. The rematch is tomorrow.

      I can see the Predators possibly making it. It’ll be interesting with CBJ due to Dubois. Coyotes better bank on Kuemper and some of their kids to continue the progression.

      Both Detroit and Chicago are so bad. The Blackhawks due to no Dach and whatever is going on with Toews. Yikes. Hope it’s not what I think. Hope he makes a full recovery. They looked awful vs Bolts who don’t even need Kuch.

      The Habs, it depends on the new guys. They should have more balance. That’s a tough division to call. I like it.


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