Two more teams can join those who have reserved a place in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday, while two other clubs can claim a division title on a busy day of action in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils
and Chicago Blackhawks
can clinch postseason berths. New Jersey needs at least one point against Carolina or a loss of any kind by Washington or Buffalo.
Chicago seals a spot with at least one point against Nashville, of if one of following scenarios plays out: Los Angeles loses in any fashion to Minnesota, Phoenix loses in regulation to Anaheim, or the result of the Dallas-San Jose contest is not a Sharks victory in overtime or a shootout.
The St. Louis Blues
can clinch the Central Division title and guarantee a top-two seed in the Western Conference if they collect at least one point against Columbus or if Nashville loses to Chicago in any fashion.
Boston can lock up the Northeast Division and a top-three seed in the East with a regulation or overtime victory against the New York Islanders
and a regulation loss by Ottawa against Philadelphia.
With just eight days remaining in the season, eight playoff berths are still up for grabs. Five division titles, both conference titles and the Presidents’ Trophy also are still to be decided.