The eight NHL bids to the Stanley Cup playoffs in the West are virtually assured with still a good month left.
Not so in the East, where six teams are within six points of gaining the No. 8 slot. Out West, Colorado is the closest No. 8 and that margin is 8!
Lost in the shuffle is St. Louis, now 29-29 in an amazing turnaround. Watch out next year.
Wings at Preds: Standing room only at Gaylord. PREDS.
Preds at Wings: A quick rematch at Detroit. RED WINGS.
Sabres at Penguins: Sabres in a funk of late. PENGUINS.
Thrashers at Flyers: Atlanta should get decent price in roadie at Philly. THRASHERS.
Wild at Oilers: Since Smyth trade to Islanders, Edmonton has hit the wall. WILD.