Calgary,Alb - If the San Jose Sharks are going to earn home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, they may have to overcome the absence of yet another key player while improving their play on the road.
Detroit,Mich - The Nashville Predators road to a fifth straight postseason berth will take them through Detroit twice. While the Predators humbled the Detroit Red Wings in the previous meeting, winning at Joe Louis Arena hasn't been easy.
Nashville,Tenn - The Nashville Predators know points are at a premium with only eight games left to make their push for the playoffs. Leaving points on the table during a streak of three straight losses wasn't helping their cause.
Dallas,Tex - Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer says his team will need to rely heavily on strong goaltending to emerge from the heated Eastern Conference playoff race and secure its first postseason berth in nearly a decade.
St Louis,Mo - The Columbus Blue Jackets strong second-half surge has pushed them in front of a crowded pack in the Western Conference and into excellent position for their first playoff berth in franchise history.
Chicago,Ill - Last week, Martin Brodeur beat the Chicago Blackhawks to become the NHL's all-time winningest goaltender. Victories for him and the New Jersey Devils, however, have been hard to come by since that game.