It's do-or-die time for the teams on the NHL playoff bubble, with the races for the final spots clearly defined and every point coveted by those clubs.
Almost every club seems to have something pivotal at stake. For the teams at the very top of the league, now's the time to secure home-ice advantage in the first round or throughout the playoffs. Teams in the middle of it all are just desperate to make the postseason. As for fans of the rest, the brutal math of draft positioning takes on a sudden importance.
Who enters the playoffs red hot? Which teams are seeing their postseason hopes die? We recap all the races and try to decide if any team can catch the Boston Bruins, last week's No. 1-ranked team. As always, rankings here indicate not just this writer's opinion but that of our entire panel. Voting this week are Dave Lozo, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram and Rob Vollman as well as myself.
Read on to see where every NHL team ranks this week.
Unless otherwise noted, news and statistics are courtesy of NHL.com and are current through the start of action on March 31.