It’s crunch time.
As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs all look like the will make the playoffs for the East.
That leaves the Washington Capitals (3), Ottawa Senators (6), New York Islanders (7), New York Rangers (8), Winnipeg Jets (9), Buffalo Sabres (10) and New Jersey Devils (11) to jockey for the final playoff positions.
In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks have locked down playoff spots, and the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings are unlikely to miss the postseason.
That leaves the No. 5 to 11 teams to battle it out with only six points separating the San Jose Sharks (5) from the Phoenix Coyotes (11). In between are, in order, the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bleacher Report looks at who’s hot and who’s not as the regular season wraps up.
All scores are accurate as of Sunday.