Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Wild look to gain ground in West Division

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Clinching scenarios for Monday

The Boston Bruins will clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they get at least one point against the New Jersey Devils or if the Washington Capitals defeat the New York Rangers.

The Edmonton Oilers will clinch a playoff berth if they get at least one point against the Vancouver Canucks.

 

On Tap

There are 14 games on the schedule Monday, each with playoff implications

Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers (7 p.m. ET; BSFL, BSSW+, NHL.TV): The Panthers have won three in a row and are second in the Central, tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning, two points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina has two games in hand on Florida and one on Tampa Bay. The Stars are 2-3-1 in their past six games and fifth in the division, three points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators with one game in hand.

New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV): The Islanders clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season when they defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 on Saturday. The Islanders are third in the East, two points behind the second-place Washington Capitals and one ahead of the fourth-place Boston Bruins. The Sabres, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, have lost four in a row. 

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV): The Bruins have won three straight games and are fourth in the East, one point behind the third-place Islanders and eight points ahead of the fifth-place Rangers. Boston will clinch a playoff berth if it gets at least one point against the Devils or if the Capitals defeat the Rangers. The Devils have won three in a row but have been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG 2, NBCSWA, NHL.TV): The Capitals are second in the East, two points behind the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins and two ahead of the third-place Islanders. The Rangers have lost two in a row, shut out in each, and are fifth in the East, eight points behind the fourth-place Bruins. They will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or one point gained by the Bruins. 

Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV): The Penguins, who have won two in a row and six of their past seven games, are first in the East, two points ahead of the second-place Capitals. This is the first of a back to back against the Flyers, who have lost three straight and were eliminated from playoff contention last Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; BSSO, NBCSCH, NHL.TV): The Blackhawks are 1-4-1 in their past six games and sixth in the Central, eight points behind the fourth-place Predators. They could be eliminated from playoff contention Monday. The Hurricanes haven’t lost in regulation since the Detroit Red Wings defeated them 3-1 on April 12 (7-0-3 since). They are first in the Central, two points ahead of the Lightning and Panthers, who are tied for second.

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSSO, NHL.TV): The Predators, who are 5-1-0 against the Blue Jackets this season, are fourth in the Central, three points ahead of the fifth-place Stars. The Blue Jackets are 1-5-2 in their past eight games and have been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SNO, NHL.TV): This is the first of three straight games between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. Toronto has won five in a row, clinched a playoff berth and is first in the North, nine points ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers. The Canadiens have won two straight and are fourth in the North, two points behind the third-place Winnipeg Jets and eight ahead of the fifth-place Calgary Flames.

Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, TSN3, NHL.TV): The Jets have lost six straight games and are third in the North, five points behind the second-place Oilers and two ahead of the fourth-place Canadiens. The Senators have been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; BSMW+, BSSC, BSW, NHL.TV): The Blues have a five-game point streak (4-0-1) and are fourth in the West, three points ahead of the fifth-place Arizona Coyotes. The Ducks have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Vegas Golden Knights at Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, BSN+, BSWI+, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV): The Golden Knights have won 11 of their past 12 games, clinched a playoff berth and are first in the West, four points ahead of the second-place Colorado Avalanche and six ahead of the third-place Wild. Minnesota, which has clinched a playoff berth, is two points behind second-place Colorado and 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. 

Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m. ET; BSAZ, KCOP-13, NHL.TV): The Coyotes are 2-4-1 in their past seven games and fifth in the West, three points behind the fourth-place St. Louis Blues and five ahead of the sixth-place San Jose Sharks. The Kings are seventh in the West, nine points behind the Blues. 

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNW, NHL.TV): The Oilers are second in the North, nine points behind the first-place Maple Leafs and five ahead of the third-place Jets. Edmonton will clinch a playoff berth if it gets at least one point against Vancouver. The Canucks have lost four in a row and are seventh in the North, 14 points behind the fourth-place Canadiens with five games in hand.

Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA+, ALT, NHL.TV): This is the third of four straight games between the two. Colorado has won five of six against San Jose this season, three by shutout. The Avalanche are second in the West, four points behind the first-place Golden Knights and two ahead of the third-place Wild. The Sharks are sixth in the West, eight points behind the fourth-place Blues, who have two games in hand, and could be eliminated from playoff contention Monday.

 

About last night

There was one game Sunday, and it had playoff implications.

Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Detroit Red Wings 1: The Lightning moved into a tie for second place with the Panthers in the Central, two points behind the first-place Hurricanes. Christopher Gibson made 22 saves for his first win since March 20, 2018, when he made 36 saves for the Islanders in a 4-1 win against the Penguins. Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves for the Red Wings, who have been eliminated from playoff contention.

 

If the playoffs started Monday

Here is a look at the matchups for the first round as they stand entering games Monday

North Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. 4. Montreal Canadiens

2. Edmonton Oilers vs. 3. Winnipeg Jets

East Division

1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. Boston Bruins

2. Washington Capitals vs. 3. New York Islanders

Central Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 4. Nashville Predators

2. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. 3. Florida Panthers

West Division

1. Vegas Golden Knights vs. 4. St. Louis Blues

2. Colorado Avalanche vs. 3. Minnesota Wild

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