The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Wednesday, the League is down to 37 games remaining on the schedule, with 11 to be played Thursday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the four-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.
The eight teams that will represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided, with the final two punching their tickets Wednesday night.
For the 23rd consecutive postseason, the Detroit Red Wings will have an opportunity to play for the championship. Detroit clinched a playoff berth Wednesday by earning a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, meanwhile, will compete in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Columbus clinched a spot with a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
There is still much to be determined, however. Playoff matchups still need to be determined in each conference, and one postseason spot is still available in the Western Conference.