Everything is finally settling in as we reach the end of the season. Nashville are hanging on for dear life, but will be gone as soon as Dallas gains 2 more points on them. Keep PHX-DAL circled on your calendars on the last day of the season. That's the zeroeth round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile have a look at this range chart, and click it to blowupify.
4 points are all that separate the Avalanche from clinching home ice in the first round. If Colorado beats Edmoney tonight, and Chicago falls in regulation to the Habs tomorrow, that's it, home ice is secured. That's the earliest it could happen. Wow, eh?
If the playoffs started tomorrow
here's what your matchups would be.
Overall 1. St. Louis v Overall 8. Dallas
Other Division Winner. Anaheim v Overall 7. Minnesota
Pacific 2. San Jose v Pacific 3. Los Angeles
Central 2. Colorado v Central 3. Chicago
This is pretty much how it's going to play out, with the exception of Dallas, who could easily be Phoenix. Gonna be a tight one folks.