New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC): A lot will have happened during the three days leading to this matchup, but in all likelihood the Rangers will need points against the Devils to keep a grip on one of the two remaining playoff spots in the East.
The Winnipeg Jets will have already wrapped up its season on Thursday, but the Ottawa Senators play on this day and on Sunday, making up its game against the Boston Bruins. A lot hinges on these last few weekend games.
The Devils may have already been eliminated form postseason contention, but would love to deflate their divisional rivals with a loss on national television.
Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC): The battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff seeds will come to a head here, as the Senators take on the banged up Flyers.
Ottawa will still have a game in hand on the Rangers and will have played two more games this week than the Winnipeg Jets, giving them ample opportunity to make or break their playoff chances themselves.
If the Senators manage to sweep their games this week, the Rangers and Jets will be left to battle for the final spot. A loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday could amplify the importance of this game, as Philadelphia is a bit of an easier out than the Bruins, who Ottawa will face on Sunday.
Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7:00 p.m. ET): Once again cast into the role of spoiler, the Predators will attempt to stop the Blue Jackets from collecting points in this game. This is the second must-win game for Columbus this week as they attempt to hold off the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings for the eighth seed in the West, despite playing fewer games in the final week of the regular season.
The impact of this game coupled with the outcome of the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings contest will settle the Western Conference standings once and for all.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN): Detroit's playoff streak could very well come down to this game against the Stars. The implications could be much larger however, depending on how the rest of the week played out.
Dallas could still be in the hunt for a playoff spot, and could secure one with a win here tonight. The Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild also play this evening, so the Western Conference playoff race would all come down to what happens during this 210 minute (or so) window of time on Saturday night.
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche (7:30 p.m. ET): The third game that will have an impact on the final Western Conference standings takes place between the Avalanche and Wild. Minnesota could still be seeking points here, depending on how the rest of the week went down.
With Detroit, Dallas and Columbus all seeking points and playoff positions at the same time, the Wild will have perhaps the easiest game to win as they take on the hapless Avalanche.