There are just two games on the NHL schedule tonight, but they both involve teams fighting to make the playoffs facing potential spoilers:
|Visitor||Home||Time / Network|
|Washington (40-31-8, 88 PTS)||Tampa Bay (36-35-7, 79 PTS)||6:00 NBC Sports|
|Edmonton (32-38-9, 73 PTS)||Los Angeles (39-27-13, 91 PTS)||9:30|
In the East, the Capitals are two points up on Buffalo for the 8th spot and hold the tiebreaker with three games remaining. They'll face a Lightning team which has been among the Eastern Conference's best on home ice. A side angle to watch here is the potential for Steven Stamkos to reach the 60-goal mark; he has 56 so far, and the Lightning have four games left.
Even though the Los Angeles Kings current sit in the Pacific Division lead, they're only 2 points ahead of 9th-place Dallas, so they absolutely need to beat the Oilers at the Staples Center tonight. Edmonton is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, however, so they're not exactly rolling over.