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Playoff clinching scenarios for Saturday, April 4

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 11:50 AM / Expert Picks

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With eight days remaining in the regular season, there are nine berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These are the clinching scenarios for games Saturday:

* The Washington Capitals would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Ottawa Senators in regulation.

* The New York Islanders would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Buffalo Sabres in any fashion AND the Senators lose in regulation.

Hall of Fame forward Elmer Lach dies at 97

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

Elmer Lach, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who won the Hart Trophy in 1945 while centering the famous "Punch Line" with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake, and helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup three times, died Saturday at age 97, the Canadiens announced.

Lach was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, on Jan. 22, 1918. He played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with Montreal, before retiring after the 1953-54 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

"The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Elmer Lach -- center on Montreal's legendary 'Punch Line' with Toe Blake and Maurice Richard, owner of the sole assist on Richard's 50th goal in 50 games in 1944-45 and someone who, at 97 years of age, was just a few months younger than the League itself," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The League sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time scoring champion and 1945 Hart Trophy winner."

Around the League notebook for Friday, April 3

Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 2:01 AM / News

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Jaden Schwartz (3-0—3) recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career to power the St. Louis Blues to a 7-5 victory against the Dallas Stars. The Blues improved to 48-23-7 (103 points) and tied the idle Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division. Nashville, however, owns the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 41, STL: 39).

* The Blues matched a season-high with seven goals; St. Louis defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-2 on Jan. 3 and again on Jan. 8.

* Schwartz’s first career hat trick came on Oct. 18, 2014, when he posted 3-1—4 versus the Arizona Coyotes. Schwartz has five points (4-1—5) in his past two games.

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