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Stanley Cup Playoffs field could be set tonight

Apr 25, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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Thursday night could be a dramatic one for the National Hockey League.

Depending on how the results shake out, the entire postseason field could be set this evening, leaving teams with the final three days of the regular season to sort out seeding and home-ice advantage.

Here’s what needs to happen for all 16 spots to be clinched:

Ottawa needs to…

Defeat Washington in any fashion, or earn a point and have Montreal beat Winnipeg in any fashion, or have Montreal defeat Winnipeg in regulation.

New York Rangers need to…

Defeat Carolina in any fashion, or earn a point and have Montreal beat Winnipeg in any fashion, or have Montreal defeat Winnipeg in regulation.

Minnesota needs to…

Have Dallas defeat Columbus in regulation.

Detroit needs to…

Defeat Nashville in any fashion and have Dallas beat Columbus in any fashion, or earn a point and have Dallas defeat Columbus in regulation.

If all this happens…

Your eight playoff teams in the East would be Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, New York Islanders, Ottawa and the New York Rangers.

Your eight playoff teams in the West would be Chicago, Anaheim, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose, St. Louis, Minnesota and Detroit.

What it would mean…

The Wild would snap a four-season playoff drought and qualify for their first postseason since 2008.

The Red Wings would extend their record playoff appearance streak to 22 consecutive seasons.

  1. bleedbluebaby - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Very plausible but not probable. I have a strong feeling Columbus isn’t going down without a fight and same with the Jets. Rangers will clinch tonight though… that much I’m certain.

  2. operwapitsai - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    not a jackets fan, not a rangers fan. but how great would it be if nyr missed the playoffs and columbus got in

  3. bensawesomeness - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    As a Wings fan, i’m really sorry about all the ‘OMG 22 YEARS IN THE PLAYOFFS” talk. I’m sure it’s annoying to everyone else.

    It’s important to us, but i understand it’s annoying.

  4. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Blues fans know the feeling… just wait til ya reach 25. and they got nothing to show for it… shame.

  5. giantssb42champs - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Nobody should want to face the islanders in the first round.

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