Nine of the 10 teams playing on Sunday will be trying to better their position in the race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, two of them being able to clinch. The Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild are able to clinch today.
- The Florida Panthers (idle) will clinch a playoff berth if the Boston Bruins lose to the Blackhawks in any fashion
- The Stars will clinch the Central Division title and the No.1 playoff seed in the Western Conference if they defeat the Ducks in any fashion AND the Blues lose to the Avalanche in regulation.
- The Wild will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Jets in any fashion AND the Avalanche lose to the Blues in regulation.
They’re up 6-3. Bruins don’t look very good and the Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line is lighting it up.
Our pick: Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers want this game. They’re going to come out hungry, needing to secure more of a sufficient lead on the Bruins for the second wild card spot. They’ll be hungrier for this win, rather than the already clinched Pittsburgh Penguins.
Our pick: St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been a solid team this season. The Avalanche have struggled, with injuries and lack of defense poisoning their season.
Our pick: Minnesota Wild
The Wild can clinch today, they know that. They are going to come out strong tonight, although the Jets may try to play spoiler.
Our pick: Dallas Stars
The Stars are trying to clinch a Central Division title, and the Ducks have a lot of significant players lost to injury right now.