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Playoff Platter: Wild card in Flyers' reach

Philadelphia poised to overtake Red Wings in Eastern Conference

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The end of the NHL regular season is less than four weeks away, and the Washington Capitals are the only team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, doing so Tuesday night. With 15 spots open, the possibility is there for a wild finish.

Each day, NHL.com will take a closer look at the playoff races.

KEY GAME

Philadelphia at Chicago (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports): The Flyers, coming off their 4-3 win Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, can move into the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with a win Wednesday against the Blackhawks. Chicago, which has lost three straight and is 4-5-1 in its past 10 games, is three points behind the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, who are tied for first in the Central Division, with a game in hand.

IN GOOD SHAPE

The Capitals, of course. They clinched a berth Tuesday and lead the Florida Panthers by 18 points for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with 13 games to go.

LOOK OUT FOR

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three consecutive games and are 7-3-0 in their past 10 games, including a 2-1 shootout victory Tuesday against the New York Islanders. The Penguins, playing without center Evgeni Malkin, are three points behind the Islanders and New York Rangers, who are tied for second in the Metropolitan Division.

NEED HELP

The Red Wings still own the second wild card out of the Eastern Conference, but have a one-point lead on the Flyers, who have two games in hand. Detroit, which has lost two straight following their overtime win Saturday against the Rangers, play seven of their final 12 games on the road, including Thursday at the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday at Florida and March 22 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

BEST POTENTIAL FIRST-ROUND MATCHUP

Minnesota. vs Dallas: On Feb. 20, alumni from the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Wild teamed up at the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series Alumni Game. There's a chance the former Minnesota NHL franchise and the current one will meet in the playoffs for the first time, with the Dallas Stars holding the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the Wild leading the race for the second wild card.

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