The New York Islanders will find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference at the end of Tuesday night with either a victory or a post-regulation loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders begin play Tuesday in ninth, but have 37 points, tied with the eighth-place New York Rangers, who aren't in action again until Wednesday.
The Jets hold down the third seed by virtue of leading the Southeast Division, but they've lost three straight and are four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, who face each other Tuesday.
Here's how the lineups could look for the Islanders and Jets:
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp