Los Angeles Kings and 4 Other Teams That Will Fall out of the NHL Playoff Race

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Los Angeles Kings and 4 Other Teams That Will Fall out of the NHL Playoff Race
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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. 


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