The first berths in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs could be clinched by the end of Sunday night's action.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who seemingly made their participation in the postseason a formality when they got off to a 21-0-3 start, will clinch a Western Conference berth if they earn at least a point out of Sunday's home game against the Nashville Predators.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday