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Stanley Cup Playoff clinching scenarios for March 25

Wild, Sharks can earn berths

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Here are the Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios for March 25:

The Minnesota Wild will clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

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Playoff picture: Bruins, Islanders set for showdown

Winner of game in New York will own second wild card in East; Wild clinch playoff berth with victory

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The NHL regular season ends Sunday, April 9. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture with 16 days to go.

The New York Islanders moved ahead of the Boston Bruins in the race for second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout on Friday at PPL Paints Arena.

On Saturday, the Bruins have a chance to take the lead right back when they play the Islanders at Barclays Center (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV). The Bruins, who have lost four game in a row, and the Islanders each have 82 points, but the Islanders have a game in hand.

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Playoff picture: Senators back in Atlantic title hunt

Races tighten for division leads, second wild card from Eastern Conference

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The NHL regular season ends Sunday, April 9. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture with 17 days to go.

Less than a week after the Ottawa Senators were written off by some as a contender for the Atlantic Division title after losing weekend back-to-back games against the division-leading Montreal Canadiens, the chase is back on.

The Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout at Canadian Tire Center on Thursday and are one point behind the Montreal Canadiens, who lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Playoff picture: Lots at stake on busy Thursday

Battle for postseason berths, Presidents' Trophy highlight 12-game schedule

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The NHL regular season ends Sunday, April 9. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture with 18 days to go.

Three games were played in the NHL on Wednesday and all three saw teams battling for berths in the Stanley Cup Playoffs get important wins.

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Closer look at three teams fighting for playoff spots

Breaking down numbers behind battle between Bruins, Maple Leafs, Islanders

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

There's a fierce battle for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Heading into play Thursday, the Boston Bruins held the second wild card with 82 points, followed by the New York Islanders, who had 80 points and a game in hand. They trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were third in the Atlantic Division with 83 points and 10 games remaining.

If the standings remain this way, Toronto will make the playoffs for the second time since 2003-04, Boston will end a two-season absence, and New York will miss the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

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Stanley Cup Playoff clinching scenarios for March 23

Wild can become fifth team to earn berth

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Here are the Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios for March 23:

The Minnesota Wild will clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

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Playoff picture: Penguins fourth team to clinch berth

Pittsburgh in postseason, but Metropolitan Division race remains jumbled

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The NHL regular season ends April 9. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture with 19 days remaining.

The Pittsburgh Penguins became the fourth team to clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champion, will be making its 11th straight postseason appearance and the 32nd in team history.

The Penguins became the third team from the Metropolitan Division to clinch a berth, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals. The Chicago Blackhawks, leaders of the Central Division, have also clinched.

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Playoff picture: Penguins can clinch Tuesday

Blackhawks have chance to take lead in race for Presidents' Trophy

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The NHL regular season ends April 9. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture with 20 days remaining.  

The defending Stanley Cup champions can book passage into the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday.

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Stanley Cup Playoff clinching scenarios for March 21

Penguins can become fourth team to earn berth

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Here are the Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios for March 21:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will clinch a playoff berth:

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Blue Jackets use strong start to surge into playoffs

16-game winning streak, John Tortorella help Columbus clinch third-ever postseason berth

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Few outside the Columbus Blue Jackets locker room expected them to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season after they finished 27th in the NHL standings in 2015-16.

But they became the second team to clinch a playoff berth this season by defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Sunday. It will be the Blue Jackets' third playoff appearance in their 17-season history, first since 2014.

The Blue Jackets (47-18-6, 100 points) are tied with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and League standings. They already have established team records for wins and points, and are looking to add to them during their final 11 regular-season games while pursuing the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

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