The 2012-13 season is racing toward the finish line. In fact, the regular season ends Saturday, April 27, a mere 16 days away. Although the finish line is clearly in sight, the Stanley Cup Playoffs qualification picture is far less clear. To help make sense of the numerous permutations that exist for the playoffs, NHL.com's Playoff Push Primer looks at some of the biggest movers and shakers among the postseason hopefuls.
Teams that clinched Wednesday night: None
Teams that can clinch Thursday night: In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins will clinch a playoff berth if they earn at least a point from their game against the New York Islanders, or if the Florida Panthers defeat the Winnipeg Jets in any fashion. The Montreal Canadiens will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Buffalo Sabres in any fashion, or if they earn one point and the Panthers defeat the Jets in any fashion. In the Western Conference, the idle Anaheim Ducks will clinch a playoff if the San Jose Sharks defeat the Detroit Red Wings in regulation.