In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have all clinched a playoff spot. In 9th place in the Eastern Conference are the Carolina Huricanes, with 87 points, 2 points behind the 8th place Rangers, who have 89 points. Both those teams have 3 games remaining in the regular season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs also have a slight chance of being a contender in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Leafs have 84 points and are 5 points behind the Rangers. Toronto would have to win all of their last 3 games and the Rangers would have to lose their last 3 games. The teams eliminated in the Eastern Conference are the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, NY Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and the Atlanta Thrashers. All the Montreal Canadiens have to do to clinch a playoff spot is to win one of their last 3.

The only teams in the West who have clinched a playoff spot are the Vancouver Canucks –  who have also clinched there Division and won the President’s Trophy – the Detroit Red Wings, and the San Jose Sharks. The Calgary Flames have 91 points, 1 point behind the 8th place Hawks who have two games in hand over the Flames. The Dallas Stars are also fighting for a playoff spot – the Stars are 3 points behind the Hawks. The Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and Minnesota Wild are all eliminated from the playoffs.

-Keane

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