There's an abundance of playoff spots that could be clinched tonight in both conferences.
In the East, the Philadelphia Flyers
can wrap up the Atlantic Division with a victory against the Ottawa Senators
and a loss by the Pittsburgh Penguins
to the New Jersey Devils
in either regulation, overtime or a shootout. The Flyers also can clinch the division by earning one point and having the Penguins lose to the Devils in regulation.
The Washington Capitals
can grab their fourth straight Southeast Division title by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs
or with a Tampa Bay Lightning
regulation loss to the Buffalo Sabres
. The Caps also can clinch by getting one point and having the Lightning lose to Sabres in regulation, overtime or a shootout.
The Montreal Canadiens
would become the sixth team to earn a playoff berth in the East with a win against the Chicago Blackhawks
Out West, the Phoenix Coyotes
and Los Angeles Kings
can have their tickets punched for the postseason without picking up a stick. The Coyotes get in if the Dallas Stars
lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets
in regulation, overtime or a shootout; the Kings are in if the Stars lose in regulation.
The Nashville Predators
can return to the playoffs with a win against the Atlanta Thrashers
coupled with a Stars loss. The Predators also can clinch by grabbing one point and having the Stars lose in regulation.