NHL Draft Lottery 2018: All you need to know + open thread

When/how/why to watch, so you can be prepared for maximum anger!

Since the season ended, fans of the Ottawa Senators have had one postseason date in the backs of their minds: the draft lottery. Well now we know that the lottery runs tonight! Here’s everything you need to know:

When: 7:30 pm EST - picks 4-15 will be unveiled; second intermission of Knights/Sharks (around 9:45 p.m.) - picks 1-3 will be unveiled

That’s right, the picks will be released in two waves. During the evening pre-game, we’ll find out everyone who didn’t win the lottery. Then during the second intermission, we’ll find out the order of the teams who did win the lottery.

What we know is that the Sens can’t finish any lower than fifth. If they finish fourth, that means the Sabres won one of the top-three picks. With Rasmus Dahlin the consensus number-one, and with Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina the likely nos. 2 and 3, finish in the top-three could make a big difference. So we’ll know by 7:45 or so if we need to get angry about the NHL rigging the process against small market franchises, but if the Sens aren’t announced yet, we’ll have to wait and see if the Sens will have a chance to replace Karlsson with Dahlin add Dahlin to a blue line with Erik Karlsson.

Here’s the full list of odds:

Draft Lottery Odds

RankPost-Lottery ResultsOriginal TeamOdds (%)
1TBDBuffalo Sabres18.5
2TBDOttawa Senators13.5
3TBDArizona Coyotes11.5
4Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens9.5
5Arizona CoyotesDetroit Red Wings8.5
6Detroit Red WingsVancouver Canucks7.5
7Vancouver CanucksChicago Blackhawks6.5
8Chicago BlackhawksNew York Rangers6.0
9New York RangersEdmonton Oilers5.0
10Edmonton OilersNew York Islanders3.5
11New York IslandersCarolina Hurricanes3.0
12Calgary Flames (pick to NYI)Calgary Flames2.5
13Dallas StarsDallas Stars2.0
14St. Louis BluesSt. Louis Blues1.5
15Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers1.0

If you’re interested in seeing how a 13.5% chance of winning feels, you can try out the Draft Lottery Simulator.

So make sure to join us here for the draft lottery open thread! And stick around this page for updates on what happens for the Sens’ pick.

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