It looks like the eastern conference playoff teams are all set now as Tampa has a 6 point lead over Atlanta with just 6 games left. It would take Tampa losing probably 5 of 6 to give Atlanta or Toronto a chance and I don’t think that will happen. So it is all about playoff position now. Also with Ottawa losing 5 of their last 7 games the conference lead is not back up for grabs as Carolina is just 2 points back. Tonight they play Washington for the 5th and final time in the past 2 weeks and 3rd in a row. Looking at the standings it should be an easy game for the Hurricanes but the Caps have played them tough in those 5 games.
That leaves the west where there still is a playoff race and there are 2 big games tonight. The most important game is Edmonton against Chicago. An Edmonton win would put them 4 points ahead of Vancouver and 5 ahead of Los Angeles. It will also allow them to leap frog over Colorado and San Jose into 6th spot.