Two more teams punched their tickets to the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, leaving seven spots available. Each of the four games on the NHL schedule Wednesday will have playoff implications.
The Ottawa Senators have a tough road ahead but they remain alive heading into their game against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET, TSN). Ottawa trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by five points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
In an Atlantic Division matchup, the Detroit Red Wings, who have a one-point lead on Columbus for the top wild-card spot and are two points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will host the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN2).
The two Southern California teams are in action; the Anaheim Ducks, who have a three-point lead on the San Jose Sharks atop the Pacific Division, host the Edmonton Oilers. The Los Angeles Kings, who virtually are locked into third place in the Pacific, host the Phoenix Coyotes. Phoenix fell behind the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference by losing 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout. Each team has 85 points; however the Stars, 5-0 winners against the Washington Capitals, have a game in hand.