Do you believe in miracles?
That’s essentially what it would take for the Capitals to win tonight’s NHL draft lottery [8 p.m., NBCSN].
But hey, even at 0.5 percent, they have a chance of hitting it big and having the chance to decide between stud center Sam Reinhart or stud defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who are the overwhelming choices to go 1-2 in this year’s June 27-28 draft in Philadelphia.
Essentially, here’s how tonight’s draft works:
Thirteen of the 14 NHL teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs – Anaheim acquired Ottawa’s pick and New Jersey is picking 30th overall as punishment for circumventing the salary cap with the contract they gave Ilya Kovalchuk -- will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection.
The odds of winning the Draft Lottery are determined by the teams' regular-season point totals, which are listed below.
The lottery-winning team will have the right to draft first overall, with the remaining 12 teams slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. The first-round draft order of the 16 playoff teams will be determined by the results of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In the 19-year history of the NHL draft lottery, no NHL team has moved up more than four slots.
Buffalo Sabres [52 points] – 25 percent
Florida Panthers [66 points] – 18.8 percent
Edmonton Oilers [67 points] – 14.2 percent
Calgary Flames [77 points] – 10.7 percent
New York Islanders [79 points] - 8.1 percent
Vancouver Canucks [83 points] – 6.2 percent
Carolina Hurricanes [83 points] – 4.7 percent
Toronto Maple Leafs [84 points] – 3.6 percent
Winnipeg Jets [84 points] – 2.7 percent
Anaheim [Senators, 88 points] - 2.1 percent
New Jersey Devils [88 points] – 1.5 percent
Nashville Predators [88 points] – 1.1 percent
Phoenix Coyotes [89 points] – 0.8 percent
Washington Capitals [90 points] – 0.5 percent