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2018 NHL Draft Lottery rankings: March 31

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How the lottery odds were affected by the results of last night’s games.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The draft lottery positioning is changing on a daily basis, with teams dropping in and out of playoff spots, and the league’s bottom teams jockeying for position over the final few weeks. Here are the the odds for the teams in contention for the first overall pick after last night’s action.

Today’s draft lottery odds

Pos Team Record Last night's result GR Points Yesterday's odds Today's odds Change
Pos Team Record Last night's result GR Points Yesterday's odds Today's odds Change
1 Buffalo Sabres 24-41-12 - 5 60 18.5% 18.5% -
2 Arizona Coyotes 27-40-11 - 4 65 13.5% 13.5% -
3 Ottawa Senators 27-39-11 - 5 65 11.5% 11.5% -
4 Vancouver Canucks 29-40-9 - 4 67 9.5% 9.5% -
5 Montreal Canadiens 28-37-12 - 5 68 8.5% 8.5% -
6 Detroit Red Wings 29-38-11 - 4 69 7.5% 7.5% -
7↑ Chicago Blackhawks 32-37-10 L 3 74 6.0% 6.5% +0.5%
8↑ New York Islanders 32-36-10 L 4 74 5.0% 6.0% +1.0%
9↓↓ Edmonton Oilers 34-38-6 - 4 74 6.5% 5.0% -1.5%
10 New York Rangers 33-36-9 L 4 75 3.5% 3.5% -
11↑ Calgary Flames (NYI) 35-33-10 - 4 80 2.5% 3.0% +0.5%
12↓ Carolina Hurricanes 35-32-11 W 4 81 3.0% 2.5% -0.5%
13 Dallas Stars 39-31-8 - 4 86 2.0% 2.0% -
14 Florida Panthers 39-29-8 - 6 86 1.5% 1.5% -
15 Colorado Avalanche 42-28-8 W 4 92 1.0% 1.0% -

The mid-field battle between the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers reached a stalemate as all three teams lost in regulation.

The Colorado Avalanche did their part to pull themselves into a playoff position, but didn’t get any help from the teams above them. Falling 5-0 to the Avs, perhaps the Blackhawks needed an accountant in net again.

They’re going to miss the playoffs, and the Carolina Hurricanes are also going to miss out on a good draft position with a late-season run.

Lowlight of the night

That won’t increase your season point total, rookie.

Today’s schedule: The penultimate Saturday night of the 2017-18 regular season holds 12 games. The rankings could change early as the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, and Vancouver Canucks start things off in the afternoon. Worst plays first as the Buffalo Sabres visit the Nashville Predators. The Arizona Coyotes can have a say in the Western Conference race by beating the St. Louis Blues. And the latest instalment of the Battle of Alberta will just serve as a means for Connor McDavid to extend his Art Ross lead.