NHL.com’s Keith Law recently asked the league to provide a full breakdown of the league’s 30 teams, and the league responded that there are currently 28 teams left, including five that will play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the others to be determined.
That means there are only five teams left to be named at the end of the season, with two more teams scheduled to announce their intentions on the calendar.
The rest of the 30 teams that are currently on the schedule are:Boston Bruins: The Boston Bruins, who have been in the league for nearly half a century, are currently the only team left with a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
The Bruins have won five of their past six games, including a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the season opener.
They are looking for a second consecutive season sweep, and if they make the playoffs they would likely be in position to win a division title, but the last time they won the Stanley Cups was in 2008-09.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Pittsburgh’s Penguins have been on the rise since winning the Stanley Trophy as the league title last season, going 7-2-2 in the playoffs and holding the division-leading Florida Panthers to just two goals in seven games.
Pittsburgh has one of the best power play units in the League and will likely need to find a way to get the puck to goalies and get goals in front of goalies to close the gap.
Detroit Red Wing: Detroit’s Red Wings have struggled this season, but are in the playoff race and could be in the hunt for the conference title.
The Red Wings are coming off back-to-back wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, but have struggled in front the net in a way that could affect the Stanley Championship race.
Montreal Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens are in an interesting situation in the Eastern Conference, with just one team remaining in the conference that hasn’t made the playoffs in the past four seasons.
Montreal will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night, and is on the cusp of its first Cup since 2006.
They have a great chance to clinch the division, but a divisional rival could make the final, if Montreal beats the Leafs.
Montreal is one of only four teams remaining with a realistic shot at clinching the Stanley, but would have to overcome a lot of pressure to make it happen.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Toronto Maple Leaf’s Stanley Cup chances have been dimmed by a slew of injuries, but coach Randy Carlyle says the team’s season will be back on track once it takes a step forward with their playoff push.
The Maple Leafs are in position for the division title if they win three games out of five and beat the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers in a best-of-seven series.
The Leafs also play the Arizona Coyotes in the Western Conference semifinals on Friday.
Edmonton Oilers: The Edmonton Oilers will play their final game of the regular season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, but they are one of just two teams left in the Central Conference.
The Oilers are one win away from a division championship, but it would be a long shot for them to make the Stanley.
Minnesota Wild: Minnesota’s Wild have been an offensive powerhouse for years, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says they will have to be more patient with the puck this season.
The Wild are in a good position, with a chance to make up ground on the Dallas Stars in the standings and have a chance at making it back to the Western Final if they beat the Arizona Wild.
Nashville Predators: The Nashville Predators are hoping to get back on the winning track after going 2-14-2 last season.
They lost six of their final eight games, but still finished third in the Conference and made the Stanley Playoffs.
They also have the league-leading third-best power play at 50.4 percent, and are hoping for another big win against the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday.
St. Louis Blues: St. Marcin’s Blues are coming out of a tough season and looking to win back-and-forth games with the Ottawa Senators, but their season could be cut short by injury.
Blues forward Mattias Janmark suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday’s loss to the Arizona Stars, and will miss the remainder of the campaign.
They still have the best shot at winning the Central, but will need to get their confidence back after losing their previous two games.
Tampa Bay Lightning: The Tampa Bay Lighting have struggled offensively this season and have been outscored 30-4 in the last four games.
Coach Jon Cooper says the Lightning have the talent to make a run at the Stanley and could potentially make it to the playoffs with wins over the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames.
The Lightning are in strong position in the East, but could be out of the race if they lose a game in regulation.