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Predators, Red Wings can clinch berths Monday

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 10:11 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Predators, Red Wings can clinch berths Monday
Nashville and Detroit can claim two of the remaining 11 playoff spots by the end of Monday's action.
Nashville and Detroit can claim two of the remaining 11 playoff spots by the end of Monday's action.

The Predators are not in action, but they can clinch a berth in the postseason for the third straight season if both San Jose and Los Angeles lose in regulation. The Sharks are hosting Colorado at HP Pavilion while the Kings are in Vancouver at Rogers Arena.

Nashville beat Chicago, 6-1, on Sunday to put itself in position to clinch without even playing Monday.

Detroit will clinch a playoff berth for the 21st consecutive season with a win over Columbus. The Red Wings can also clinch if they get at least one point out of Monday's game against the Blue Jackets and both the Sharks and Kings lose in regulation.

The Red Wings are 3-1 against the Blue Jackets this season.

The only teams to clinch a playoff berth so far are the Blues, Rangers, Penguins, Canucks and Flyers. There are 13 days remaining in the regular season.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York