It's crunch time in the NHL, and the Los Angeles Kings and 13 other teams won't get through it.
Of course, not all 30 teams are in contention for a playoff spot. But outside of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens, it's possible for anyone to get there.
The battles outside of the No. 8 seed are more interesting and intense than any in recent memory. In the West, just a few points separate the Phoenix Coyotes (No. 7) and the Calgary Flames (No. 11).
In the Eastern Conference, however, six points separate Ottawa and Winnipeg, the final two playoff spot-holders. It looks as if Ottawa will hold on to a playoff spot. Only the No. 8 seed is up for grabs.
So who will get it?
It's anyone's guess.
But here's who won't. These are the teams that will lose their grip before season's end.