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Playoff Platter: Postseason puzzle to come together

Stars, Kings can win division titles; Flyers, Red Wings or Bruins could clinch berths

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

All 30 NHL teams will be in action Saturday, the penultimate day of the regular season. 

With 17 games remaining (there are two Sunday), no first-round matchups for the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been set, but that will change Saturday. 

The race for first place in the Central Division and home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues will be decided. The teams are even in points, with Dallas holding the non-shootout wins tiebreaker. If the Stars defeat the Nashville Predators, Dallas is the No. 1 seed. The winner will face the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round and the second-place team will play the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Three other teams control their own destiny entering Saturday.

The Los Angeles Kings can win the Pacific Division with a victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The Kings lead the Anaheim Ducks by two points and own the non-shootout wins tiebreaker, but the Ducks have a game in hand and play Saturday and Sunday. The division winner will face the Predators in the first round and the second-place team will take on the San Jose Sharks.

The Detroit Red Wings can clinch third place in the Atlantic Division and a playoff berth for the 25th straight season with a win against the New York Rangers. If they do, they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. The Philadelphia Flyers will clinch the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference and a matchup with the Washington Capitals with wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and the New York Islanders on Sunday. 

Nine teams enter Saturday with their playoff position unclear, with three trying to clinch a berth. 

Here are team-by-team playoff scenarios for Saturday:

RED WINGS

Opponent: at Rangers

With regulation/OT win, will clinch playoff berth.

With shootout win, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) The Boston Bruins lose to the Ottawa Senators in any fashion; (2) Bruins defeat Senators in a shootout; (3) Flyers lose to Penguins in any fashion. They cannot be eliminated with shootout win.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) Bruins lose to Senators in any fashion; (2) Flyers lose to Penguins in regulation. They cannot be eliminated with OT/shootout loss.

With regulation loss, will clinch playoff berth if: (1) Bruins lose to Senators in regulation. Will be eliminated if all of the following occur: (1) Bruins get at least one point against Senators; (2) Flyers defeat Penguins in any fashion.

BRUINS

Opponent: home against Ottawa

With regulation/OT win, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) Red Wings lose to Rangers in any fashion; (2) Red Wings defeat Rangers in a shootout; (3) Flyers lose to Penguins in any fashion. They cannot be eliminated with regulation/OT win

With shootout win, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) Red Wings lose to Rangers in any fashion; (2) Flyers lose to Penguins in any fashion. They cannot be eliminated with shootout win.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) Red Wings lose to Rangers in regulation; (2) Flyers lose to Penguins in regulation. They cannot be eliminated with OT/shootout loss.

With regulation loss, cannot clinch playoff berth. Will be eliminated if: (1) Flyers defeat Penguins in any fashion.

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FLYERS

Opponent: home against Pittsburgh (Saturday)

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs: (1) Red Wings lose to Rangers in regulation; (2) Bruins lose to Senators in regulation. They cannot be eliminated with regulation/OT/shootout win.

With OT/shootout loss, cannot clinch playoff berth. Will be eliminated if all of the following occur: (1) Red Wings defeat Rangers in any fashion; (2) Bruins defeat Senators in any fashion.

With regulation loss, cannot clinch playoff berth. Will be eliminated if all of the following occur: (1) Red Wings get at least one point against Rangers; (2) Bruins get at least one point against Senators.

ISLANDERS

Opponent: home against Buffalo Sabres (Saturday)

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if: (1) Rangers lose to Red Wings in any fashion.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if: (1) Rangers lose to Red Wings in regulation.

With regulation loss: cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division. Will be first wild card if: (1) Rangers defeat Red Wings in any fashion.

RANGERS

Opponent: home vs. Detroit

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if: (1) Islanders lose to Sabres in regulation.

With OT/shootout loss, cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division. Will be first wild card if: (1) Islanders defeat Sabres in any fashion.

With regulation loss, cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division. Will be first wild card if: (1) Islanders get at least one point against Sabres.

STARS

Opponent: home against Nashville

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch Central Division and No. 1 seed in Western Conference.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch Central Division and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if: (1) Blues lose to Capitals in any fashion. Will be No. 2 seed in Central Division if: (1) Blues defeat Capitals in any fashion.

With regulation loss, will clinch Central Division and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if: (1) Blues lose to Capitals in regulation. Will be No. 2 seed in Central Division if: (1) Blues get at least one point against Capitals.

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BLUES

Opponent: home against Washington

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch Central Division and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if: (1) Stars lose to Predators in any fashion. Will be No. 2 seed in Central Division if: (1) Stars defeat Predators in any fashion.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch Central Division and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if: (1) Stars lose to Predators in regulation. Will be No. 2 seed in Central Division if: (1) Stars get at least one point against Predators.

With regulation loss, will be No. 2 seed in Central Division.

KINGS

Opponent: home against Winnipeg

With regulation/OT/shootout win, will clinch Pacific Division title.

With OT/shootout loss, will clinch Pacific Division title if: (1) Ducks lose to Colorado Avalanche in any fashion.

With regulation loss, will clinch Pacific Division title if: (1) Ducks lose to Avalanche in regulation.

DUCKS

Opponent: at Colorado (Saturday)

With regulation/OT/shootout win, cannot clinch Pacific Division title. Will clinch No. 2 seed in Pacific Division if: (1) Kings defeat Jets in any fashion.

With OT/shootout loss, will be No. 2 seed in Pacific Division if: (1) Kings get at least one point against Jets.

With regulation loss, will be No. 2 seed in Pacific Division.

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