Nine for Tuesday

By on April 7, 2015

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Tuesday night is usually a busy schedule night in the NHL, and tonight is no different. With nine games on the NHL docket tonight every one has some kind of playoff rhetoric involved.

New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils    7:00 PM ET

The Rangers have been flexing their big apple muscle all year using the Stanley Cup Final loss of 2014 as motivation.  The Rangers have clinched the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division, and they have 109 points with three games left.  What’s at stake? The envied President’s Trophy.  The Anaheim Ducks have 107 points and they only have two games left.   Looks good for head coach Alain Vigneault and his Rangers.  Two points tonight their  against cross river rivals the Devils would go a long way.

New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers   7:00 PM ET

Staying with the State of New York theme, the Islanders are making the most of their final season on Long Island. The Islanders have a strong hold on third in the Metropolitan Division but are only one point behind the Washington Capitals for second.  The Flyers at this point can only play spoiler and would enjoy keeping the Isles from notching a couple points in the Wells Fargo Center.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators   7:30 PM ET

This is like a playoff matchup within itself.  Both clubs have just three games left and Pittsburgh holds the first Eastern Conference wild card spot with 95 points. (Yeah, I know wild cards in hockey, still LMAO)   The Sens need the two points or the proverbial off season bus will be running.  The Detriot Red Wings hold wild card spot number 2 (still laughing).  Pittsburgh still has the wing and a prayer shot of catching the Islanders.

Carolina Hurricanes @ Detroit Red Wings   7:30 PM ET

The Carolina Hurricanes have a shot, well basically to do nothing.  They are insignificant with 69 points in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division. The Detroit Red Wings are thanking the NHL schedule gods that this game is at the venerable Joe Louis Arena. where the Wings are 21-10-9 this year. Speaking of Wings and prayers, the Wings are holding on to the last playoff spot ahead of Ottawa, but tied with the Boston Bruins with 95 points for third in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins, Red Wings and Senators each have three games left.

Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues   8:00 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets have three games left and are holding the last Western Conference wild card spot by a point over the Los Angeles Kings.  The Blues are leading the Western Conference Central Division by one point over the Nashville Predators.  This will be a tough two points to get for the Jets and may find themselves heartbroken and out of the NHL’s second season.

Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks   8:30 PM ET

Minnesota has no hope in catching the Chicago Blackhawks for third in the Western Conference Central Division. The Hawks are locked no worst then third with 102 points but can catch Nashville for second.  Second place means the treasured home ice in the opening playoff series. The Preds have 104 points with three games left as does Chicago.  The irony of this game, Minnesota (three games left) has to win to keep a wild card (LOL, see above) and the team they need to beat they can’t catch.  Stay tuned…

Nashville Predators @ Colorado Avalanche    9:00 PM ET

The Nashville Predators are currently in second in the Western Conference Central Division with 104 points and I’m sure they want to stay there.  The Preds can still  catch St. Louis (105 points) for the division title.

Arizona Coyotes @ Calgary Flames   9:00 PM ET

Calgary is in a precarious position holding the third place spot  in the  Western Conference Pacific Division.  The Flames have 93 points with three games left to play.  The defending Stanley Cup Champs, the LA Kings, have 93 points as well with three games left.  The Kings right now are out looking in because the two wild card spot holders are from the the Central, Minnesota and Winnipeg.  This could be the old finish third in the division or start your off season early with 13 other teams.   So should I say the Flames must come away with two points tonight at home against the conference’s last place Arizona Coyotes.

Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers   9:30PM ET

OK, the Edmonton Oilers are the second to last place team in the Western Conference.  So the Kings find themselves in a similiar situation as Calgary.  The big difference is the Flames control their own destiny and Thursday the Flames host the Kings.



Toronto at Columbus 7:30 PM
Boston at Washington 8:00 PM
Dallas at Anaheim 10:30 PM


Ottawa at NY Rangers 7:00 PM
Carolina at Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Boston at Florida 7:30 PM
Detroit at Montreal 7:30 PM
New Jersey at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Chicago at St. Louis 8:00 PM
Minnesota at Nashville 8:00 PM
Winnipeg at Colorado 9:00 PM
Los Angeles at Calgary 9:00 PM
San Jose at Edmonton 9:30 PM
Arizona at Vancouver 10:00 PM


Buffalo at Columbus 7:00 PM
NY Islanders at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM


Ottawa at Philadelphia 12:30 PM
NY Rangers at Washington 12:30 PM
Calgary at Winnipeg 3:00 PM
San Jose at Los Angeles 3:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Buffalo 7:00 PM
Montreal at Toronto 7:00 PM
Detroit at Carolina 7:00 PM
New Jersey at Florida 7:00 PM
Columbus at NY Islanders 7:00 PM
Boston at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Minnesota at St. Louis 7:30 PM
Nashville at Dallas 8:00 PM
Chicago at Colorado 9:00 PM
Anaheim at Arizona 9:00 PM
Edmonton at Vancouver 10:00 PM
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