Clinching scenarios: No team can secure berth tonight

by NHL.com

There are no clinching scenarios for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in games being played Wednesday.

The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the playoffs Tuesday without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a Western Conference berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks also have qualified from the Western Conference. The Boston Bruins have qualified from the Eastern Conference.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs consist of 16 teams, eight from each conference. The top three teams in each division make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots are filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference -- regardless of division -- based on regular-season points. It is possible for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.