Any Islanders loss in regulation will eliminate them from any contention of 8th spot in the East. An Islander loss in overtime could eliminate them if the Habs and Rangers go to overtime. An Islander win and a Canadiens win and that should eliminate the Islanders as well.
A Ranger win will clinch a spot for the blueshirts. They'll finish the night with 94 points and that will be far enough out of reach from the Maple Leafs.
I know what you're thinking... can the Leafs be eliminated as well? A Toronto loss in regulation and a Montreal win will indeed solve the Eastern Conference eight teams.
Any combination of a Flames win or an Avalanche loss will solve the Western puzzle. The Avalanche will head into Vancouver to take on the division-leading Canucks, while the Flames will go to San Jose to face the Sharks. The Avalanche will still need regulation decisions in their favour to beat out the Flames, but hopes are dwindling as the Avs are winning.
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