NHL Stanley Cup playoff bracket: Standings, matchups, crucial games this week  

The story of 2022-23, which is supposed to be a feel-good one, is not now feeling very wonderful.

With an eight-game winless skid, the Seattle Kraken are falling farther and further out of the postseason race. 

This is despite the fact that they entered the playoffs in their second season and went on to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, the team that was defending their championship, in the first round.

Philipp Grubauer, the number one goalie, is currently on the disabled list due to a lower body injury, while Andre Burakovsky, the forward, has not only returned from a 20-game layoff but has also suffered another injury.

From week to week, he is.Despite the fact that they have more ground to make up, the playoff clubs Edmonton Oilers (seven-game winning run) and Minnesota Wild (5-2) continue to surge since a coaching change was made,

but they still have a long way to go. After missing out on getting into the playoffs the previous year, the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, and Arizona Coyotes are now in a position to do so.

All three of the Eastern Conference playoff teams for the 2022-23 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New Jersey Devils, and the Carolina Hurricanes, are now in the position of being barely outside of the postseason picture. 

Their position has been taken up by the Philadelphia Flyers, who are currently on a winning streak of four games, the Washington Capitals, and the Detroit Red Wings.

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