The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a month left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.
Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to secure one:
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be without center Evgeni Malkin for 6-8 weeks, return home to face the New York Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNO, SNW, SNP, MSG+, ROOT, NHL.TV) following a four-game road trip.