The defending champs are out! Don't pick any Hurricanes for your playoff pool team. Their loss to the Lightning and Montreal's win over Bost was enough to seal the fate of the lifeless storm. No Eric Staal... no Cam Ward... no Ray Whitney... no Rod Brind'Amour. Only the Leafs and the Islanders are on the outside looking in.
They're still in! The Flames couldn't knock the Avs out of the playoff race, but don't count your Avalanche before they hatch. The Avs need to win their last three games (including one against the Flames) and the Flames need to lose their last 3 games to give it up. That's a big if!
On Wednesday, we only have two games with some implications...
The Atlanta Thrashers can move one point of their first division title with a win over the Capitals on Wednesday night. The Thrashers, who are only a single point up on the Lightning in the division, but they still have an extra game on their Southeast Division rival.
In the West, the Sharks will try to get a stranglehold on 5th in the West over the Stars when they take on the Ducks in Anaheim. The Ducks will try and tie the Red Wings for first in the West, but will still be down one game to the Wings down the stretch.
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