There are 10 games on the NHL schedule tonight which is a very large number for a Monday night. The big game of the night in the east is Florida at Tampa. A Florida win would put them just 4 points behind Tampa for the 8th spot in the east and they still have a game to play. A Florida win would also allow Atlanta (who plsy Ottawa) and Toronto (who plays Buffalo) a chance to close the gap a little as well (Atlanta to 3 within points and Toronto to within 5 points with both teams having a game in hand). Of course, a Tampa win does wonders for improving their playoff chances and would put Florida 8 points back with just 7 games remaining and their playoff hopes all but over.
The big game in the western conference is Vancouver-Los Angeles. Vancouver currently sits in 7th spot but just 4 points ahead of 10th place Los Angeles with the Kings holding a game in hand. A Vancouver loss and the Canucks playoff hopes would once again be a big question mark as every team chasing them has games in hand. San Jose is just 4 back and have 3 games in hand.
|Tampa Bay||-132||Florida||124||Tampa Bay||Some|
|Los Angeles||-167||Vancouver||140||Los Angeles||Strong|