The start of the 2013 NHL playoffs is upon us with four teams battling for the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference and six teams going after the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference.
This is going to be one crazy final week of action, with almost every game having some sort of implications on the final standings. If this past weekend was any indication of what is in store, we are in for some doozies.
A typical 82-game season might feature one or two dramatic races for the eighth seed, but as it stands now, we could still see some large shifts throughout both conferences. Most teams still have three or four games to play, which is just enough time to go on a hot streak or a cold streak to impact what things look like come playoff time.
(All standings are accurate through April 21 and take into consideration games through Sunday.)