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.
I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday