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Playoff picture: Five teams can clinch tonight

Apr 23, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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And those five teams are…

New York Islanders — If they beat Carolina and the Jets lose to Washington in any fashion. Or, if they get a point versus the Hurricanes and the Jets lose in regulation.

New York Rangers — If they beat Florida and the Jets lose in regulation.

Washington Capitals — If they beat the Jets in regulation or overtime, they’ll win the Southeast Division.

San Jose Sharks — If they get a point against the Stars.

St. Louis Blues — If they get a point against the Avs.

(Info via NHL.com)

Of those five teams, the Islanders have to be the most pleasant surprise. Nobody denies there’s talent on that roster — John Tavares wasn’t drafted first overall for nothing — but not many expected New York, with its strict budget, to finish ahead of Philadelphia or be neck-and-neck with the Rangers.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Hey Oilers fans, are you clinching tonight? Cause 3 weeks ago you were proclaiming this the start of another dynasty, pretty sad when a win over the Flames is the high water mark for your season.

  2. capsrockva - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Let’s go Caps

  3. jr507 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Isles – in. way to go boys.

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