Today's action (27 Apr--final day!):
Detroit @ Dallas: A wins doesn't do the Stars any good for themselves, but it does do a lot of good for the rest of the Western Conference, as it would give Minnesota and Columbus a shot at the 7th and 8th spots, thus eliminating Detroit from playoff contention.
Nashville @ Columbus: This year, it's Nashville that is the bottom feeder in the Central. Columbus has to win to have a chance at making the playoffs.
Minnesota @ Colorado: The Wild are currently in 8th, so all they really need is a loss by Columbus in order to make the playoffs. However, I'm sure they'd like a win and a Detroit loss, so they can face Anaheim instead of Chicago. And to make Detroit suck it.
Chicago @ St. Louis: This is it, boys- win and you get the 4th seed. If not, suck it up and get ready for Round 1 anyway.
Vancouver @ Edmonton: No impact.
Phoenix @ Anaheim: No impact.
San Jose @ Los Angeles: Pretty big game in that it is the one that affects us the most if we don't beat Chicago. As it's been stated, if we win our game, we're in 4th no matter what. If we get one point and LA beats SJ, LA gets 4th and we get 5th. If we get one point and SJ beats LA, we still get 4th and SJ gets 5th. If we lose and LA wins (regulation or overtime), LA is 4th and we get 5th. If we lose and SJ wins in regulation, SJ is 4th, we are 5th, and LA is 6th. If we lose and SJ wins in OT/SO, SJ gets 4th, LA gets 5th, and we get 6th. Got that?