Games to Watch on Final Weekend of Regular Season

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Dana Lane

Friday, April 6, 2018 4:02 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 4:02 PM UTC

Let’s take a look at the remaining games in the NHL that will affect the playoff race and where some of these teams might be going in the first round. 

The 2017-18 season is down to the last few game, and by Sunday night we’ll know the first-round matchups of the NHL playoffs. Let’s take a look at the remaining games that will affect the playoff race and where some of these teams might be going in the first round.

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Friday: Senators (28-41-11, 67 pts, -63) at Penguins (46-29-6, 98 pts, +18)

With a win, the Penguins will finish in second place in the Metropolitan Division and will once again have home-ice advantage over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Remember, it was a year ago that the Penguins eliminated the Jackets in the first round of the postseason with an easy five-game series that really allowed the Pens to rest up for the Washington Capitals, who had a much tougher six game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Friday: Sabres (25-43-12, 62 pts, -78) at Lightning (53-23-4, 110 pts, +59)

The Lightning seemed to be in control of the Atlantic Division all season, but a huge push from the Boston Bruins sees this division race tied at 110 points with two to play. With a win or overtime loss, Tampa wouldn’t wrap up the division but re-take the lead with one to play. The Bruins face Ottawa on Saturday and Florida on Sunday. In the case of a tie in points and regulation wins, the Bruins would own the tiebreaker because of their 3-1 head-to-head record.

Friday: Blues (43-31-6, 92 pts, +4) at Blackhawks (33-37-10, 76 pts, 21)

There is nothing the Blackhawks would want more than to keep their division and geographic rivals out of the playoffs. Chicago beat St. Louis, 4-3, on Wednesday night. The Blues are in a great spot with one game remaining against the Colorado Avalanche, whom they trail by a point. No matter what happens tonight, if they beat the Avalanche on Saturday St. Louis will grab the last wild card spot.

Friday: Stars (41-31-8, 90 pts, +10) at Ducks (42-25-13, 97 pts, +14)

Anaheim can still catch the Los Angeles Kings for the third spot in the Pacific Division, trailing by a point with two to play. The Ducks will finish with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday on the road, while the Kings have one home game left with the Dallas Stars on Saturday. As of right now, Anaheim would play the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round.

Saturday: Rangers (34-38-9, 77 pts, -32) at Flyers (41-26-14, 96 pts, +3)

Philadelphia can pass the New Jersey Devils for the first wild-card spot with a win and a Devils loss to Washington. Jersey holds the tiebreaker because they have more wins, but they still don’t have that locked up because regulation wins is the second tie-breaker with both teams tied at 39 wins. If points and ROW wins remain even, then the Devils would have the advantage because they have more overall wins.

Saturday: Wild (44-26-11, 99 pts, +18) at Sharks (45-26-10, 100 pts, +26)

The Western Conference playoffs are far from being decided, as it’s still a possibility that three teams could face the Golden Knights in the first round, one being the Sharks. If the Sharks wins this one and the Kings beat Dallas, it would be the Kings who would secure the second-place finish in the Pacific. A Sharks win in this one would solidify their second-place finish and a date with the Kings or the Sharks in what has been the league’s most entertaining division.

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