The battle for first place in the Southeast Division will be shown on national television Monday night.
Just 24 hours after passing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the standings, the Washington Capitals will take on the Bolts at the St. Pete Time Forum. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada. The Caps moved into first with Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win at Florida.
Canadian fans will also be treated to the showdown featuring the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings from the Staples Center. That game is set to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NHL Network in Canada. The Stars and Kings are separated by just one point in the Western Conference standings.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday