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Final weekend playoff scramble

Season reaches climatic finish with teams jockeying for positioning

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - The 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season enters an exciting final weekend with six Stanley Cup Playoff First Round matchups to be finalized, as well as one Conference title and two Division titles.

All 30 clubs are in action on Saturday, April 9, followed by a pair of games on Sunday, April 10, both of which remain potentially crucial to the postseason picture.

Highlighting Saturday's 15-game slate:

* The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues vie for the Central Division title and No. 1 seed in the Western Conference
* The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks pursue the Pacific Division title
* The NY Islanders pursue third place in the Metropolitan Division with games Saturday and Sunday

 

In the Eastern Conference, two series are locked and two have yet to be determined:

Washington (M1 locked) vs. Philadelphia (WC2 locked)
Tampa Bay (A2 locked) vs. Detroit (A3 locked)

Florida (A1 locked) vs. NY Islanders or NY Rangers
Pittsburgh (M2 locked) vs. NY Islanders or NY Rangers

A - Atlantic Division M - Metropolitan Division WC - Wild Card

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE


Dallas (C1 or C2) vs. Minnesota or Chicago
St. Louis (C2 or C1) vs. Minnesota or Chicago
Chicago (C3 locked) vs. Dallas or St. Louis
Los Angeles (P1 or P2) vs. Nashville or San Jose
Anaheim (P2 or P1) vs. Nashville or San Jose
San Jose (P3 locked) vs. Los Angeles or Anaheim
Nashville (WC1 locked) vs. Los Angeles or Anaheim
Minnesota (WC2 locked) Dallas or St. Louis

C - Central Division P - Pacific Division WC - Wild Card

 

 

2015-16 NHL Regular-Season Schedule Finale

all times ET

Friday, April 8
Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
Ottawa at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit at NY Rangers, 12:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m.
Anaheim at Colorado, 5:30 p.m.
Calgary at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina at Florida, 7:00 p.m.
Toronto at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago at Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.
Nashville at Dallas, 8:00 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m.
Winnipeg at Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 10
Philadelphia at NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
Anaheim at Washington, 7:30 p.m.


RACE FOR THIRD PLACE IN THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION

NEW YORK ISLANDERS AND NEW YORK RANGERS

New York Islanders Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: home vs. Buffalo

NYI Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if:
(1) Rangers lose to Red Wings in any fashion

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if:
(1) Rangers lose to Red Wings in regulation

Regulation loss: Cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division

Will clinch 1st Wild Card if:
(1) Rangers defeat Red Wings in any fashion

 

New York Rangers Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: home vs. Detroit

NYR Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division if:
(1) Islanders lose to Sabres in regulation

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division

Will clinch 1st Wild Card if:
(1) Islanders defeat Sabres in any fashion

Regulation loss: Cannot clinch No. 3 seed in Metropolitan Division

Will clinch 1st Wild Card if:
(1) Islanders get at least one point against Sabres


RACE FOR CENTRAL DIVISION TITLE AND WESTERN CONFERENCE NO. 1 SEED

DALLAS STARS AND ST. LOUIS BLUES


Dallas Stars Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: home vs. Nashville

DAL Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch Central Division title and No. 1 seed in Western Conference

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch Central Division title and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if:
(1) Blues lose to Capitals in any fashion

Will clinch No. 2 seed in Central Division if:
(1) Blues defeat Capitals in any fashion

Regulation loss: Will clinch Central Division title and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if:
(1) Blues lose to Capitals in regulation

Will clinch No. 2 seed in Central Division if:
(1) Blues get at least one point against Capitals

 

St. Louis Blues Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: home vs. Washington

STL Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch Central Division title and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if:
(1) Stars lose to Predators in any fashion

Will clinch No. 2 seed in Central Division if:
(1) Stars defeat Predators in any fashion

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch Central Division title and No. 1 seed in Western Conference if:
(1) Stars lose to Predators in regulation

Will clinch No. 2 seed in Central Division if:
(1) Stars get at least one point against Predators

Regulation loss: Will clinch No. 2 seed in Central Division


RACE FOR PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE

LOS ANGELES KINGS AND ANAHEIM DUCKS


Los Angeles Kings Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: home vs. Winnipeg

LAK Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch Pacific Division title

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch Pacific Division title if:
(1) Ducks lose to Avalanche in any fashion

Regulation loss: Will clinch Pacific Division title if:
(1) Ducks lose to Avalanche in regulation


Anaheim Ducks Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: at Colorado

ANA Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Cannot clinch Pacific Division title

Will clinch No. 2 seed in Pacific Division if:
(1) Kings defeat Jets in any fashion

Shootout win: Same as regulation/OT win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch No. 2 seed in Pacific Division if:
(1) Kings get at least one point against Jets

Regulation loss: Will clinch No. 2 seed in Pacific Division

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