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Matchups for Stanley Cup Playoffs set

The final Stanley Cup playoff positions are set following the Boston Bruins' 4-2 loss in the last game of the regular season. The playoff picture in the West was already confirmed Saturday. Here's a look at the matchups for the 2018 playoffs.

Bruins lose final regular-season game, to face Maple Leafs

Boston dropped its final game of the NHL regular season and will face Toronto in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Steven Ryan / Getty Images)

The final Stanley Cup playoff positions in the East are set following the Boston Bruins' 4-2 loss in the last game of the regular season. That means Tampa Bay takes the top spot in the Atlantic Division — and Eastern Conference — while the Bruins draw the Toronto Maple Leafs in a  2013 post-season rematch.

The playoff picture in the West was confirmed Saturday after the Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues to clinch the final wild-card spot.

Here's a look at the matchups for the 2018 playoffs.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils

Division leader No. 1 vs. wild card No. 2

Lightning: 54-23-5, 113 points

Devils: 44-29-9, 97 points

Regular-season series: Devils win 3-0-0 (Lightning 0-2-1)

Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Division leader No. 2 vs. wild card No. 1

Capitals: 49-26-7, 105 points

Blue Jackets: 45-29-7, 97 points

Regular-season series: Capitals win 3-1-0 (Blue Jackets 1-3-0)

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Atlantic Division No. 2 vs. Atlantic Division No. 3

Bruins: 50-20-12, 113 points

Leafs: 49-26-7, 105 points

Regular-season series: Leafs win 3-1-0 (Bruins 1-2-1)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Metropolitan Division No. 2 vs. Metropolitan Division No. 3

Penguins: 47-29-6, 100 points​

Flyers: 42-26-14, 98 points

Regular-season series: Penguins win 4-0-0 (Flyers 0-3-1)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche

Division leader No. 1 vs. wild card No. 2

Predators: 53-18-11, 117 points

Avalanche: 43-30-9, 95 points

Regular-season series: Predators win 4-0-0 (Avalanche 0-3-1)

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings

Division leader No. 2 vs. wild card No. 1

Golden Knights: 51-24-7, 109 points

Kings: 45-29-8, 98 points

Regular-season series: Tied 2-1-1

Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild 

Central Division No. 2 vs. Central Division No. 3

Jets: 52-20-10, 114 points

Wild: 45-26-11, 101 points

Regular-season series: Jets win 3-1-0 (Wild 1-3-0)

Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks

Pacific Division No. 2 vs. Pacific Division No. 3

Ducks: 44-25-13, 101 points

Sharks: 45-27-10, 100 points

Regular-season series: Sharks win 3-0-1 (Ducks 1-1-2)

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