The end of the NHL regular season is less than three weeks away, and the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings are the only teams to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three teams can clinch a spot Tuesday and the Capitals can lock up the No. 1 seed in the East.
Each day, NHL.com will take a closer look at the playoff races.
CLINCHING SCENARIOS FOR TUESDAY
- The San Jose Sharks will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Blues AND the Coyotes lose to the Oilers in any fashion OR if the Coyotes lose to the Oilers in regulation.
- The Washington Capitals will clinch the Metropolitan Division title and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference if they defeat the Ottawa Senators in any fashion.
- The Dallas Stars will clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth if they defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Blackhawks AND the Minnesota Wild lose to the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion OR if the Wild lose to the Kings in regulation.
- The Anaheim Ducks will clinch a playoff berth if they get at least one point against the Montreal Canadiens OR if the Arizona Coyotes lose to the Edmonton Oilers in any fashion.
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