The 2012-13 season is racing toward the finish line. In fact, the regular season ends Sunday, April 28. 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: Boston Bruins
Teams that can clinch Thursday: In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs can clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the New York Islanders in regulation or overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Winnipeg Jets in any fashion, or if they defeat the Islanders in a shootout and the Hurricanes defeat the Jets in regulation. In the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks can clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Dallas Stars in any fashion.