While much will remain undecided until the final weekend of the regular season, a few Stanley Cup Playoff spots can be decided Tuesday.
With five days remaining in the regular season, five playoff spots, three division titles, both conference titles and the Presidents' Trophy all remain up for grabs.
Those numbers, though, could change by Wednesday morning
Who can finish where?
|NY Rangers||1st||1st or 4th|
|Florida||3rd||3rd, 7th, 8th or 9th|
|Pittsburgh||4th||1st, 4th or 5th|
|Philadelphia||5th||4th, 5th or 6th|
|New Jersey||6th||5th, 6th or 7th|
|Ottawa||7th||6th, 7th or 8th|
|Washington||8th||3rd, 7th, 8th or 9th|
|Buffalo||9th||8th, 9th, 10th or 11th|
|Vancouver||1st||1st or 2nd|
|St. Louis||2nd||1st or 2nd|
|Los Angeles||3rd||3rd, 7th, 8th or 9th|
|Detroit||4th||4th, 5th or 6th|
|Nashville||5th||4th, 5th or 6th|
|Chicago||6th||4th, 5th or 6th|
|Phoenix||7th||3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th|
|San Jose||8th||3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th|
|Dallas||9th||3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th|
|Colorado||10th||7th, 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th|
The New York Rangers, who sit in first place in the East, can clinch the Atlantic Division and the top seed in the East if they get one point Tuesday against the Flyers or if Pittsburgh loses to Boston in any fashion.
Two other notable developments could take place Tuesday night in the East. Buffalo, with a victory, can tie No. 8 Washington in points, but remain in ninth because of tiebreakers. Philadelphia, with a win against the Rangers, can leapfrog Pittsburgh in a number of scenarios if the Penguins lose to Boston in regulation.
New York also will attempt to retain or extend their lead in the race for the Presidents' Trophy. The Rangers hold a tie-breaker advantage for first place overall over Vancouver, which plays Anaheim.
Also in the East, No. 3 Florida can clinch the Southeast Division title and the No. 3 conference playoff seed if they defeat Winnipeg in any fashion. If the Panthers lose in overtime or a shootout, they would still clinch a playoff berth -- but not the division title -- if Buffalo loses to Toronto in any fashion. If the Panthers lose in regulation, they would clinch a playoff berth if Buffalo loses in regulation.
No teams in the West can clinch Tuesday, but there is plenty of movement possible.
No. 8 San Jose or No. 9 Dallas, which play each other, could jump to No.7. Current No. 7 Phoenix, which plays Columbus, could tie No. 3 Los Angeles in points, but the idle Kings would remain in first in the Pacific Division, and third in the conference, because of tiebreakers. No. 5 Nashville, which plays Minnesota, could leapfrog No. 4 Detroit, which is idle.