NHL playoff games are set to start on Sunday and Monday, but it’s still a few days before the first games.
Here’s a look at the teams that are likely to be playing.1.
Los Angeles Kings: The Kings have been on a roll of late, scoring at a league-best rate in the second half of the season and holding off the surging Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings, who have won six of their last seven games, are also just two points behind the New York Rangers for the final wild card spot.2.
New York Islanders: New York is still in the hunt for a playoff spot with three games left in the regular season, but the Islanders are looking for a bounce-back win over a team that’s outscored them by a total of 29 goals over the last four games.3.
Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago has won three of four, but has dropped three straight, including a 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
The Blackhawks have scored just five goals in the last five games.4.
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 overtime loss to Dallas on Monday and are on pace for the worst start in franchise history.
They’re a half-game behind Dallas for the second wild card in the East.5.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are just one point out of the playoffs after dropping their last three games.
But with a win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, Toronto is a half game ahead of the Ottawa Senators for the third wild card.6.
Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have scored at a pace of 5.12 goals per game in the first four games, but their goal differential is at minus-2.5 over the past five.
They’ve lost five straight, but have scored three of their past five goals.7.
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets have scored two goals in their past three games and are in the midst of a seven-game win streak, but they have scored only one goal in their last four contests.8.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues have won five straight and are currently sitting atop the Central Division, but St. Lous is coming off its most dramatic defeat of the year, falling 3-1 to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.9.
Nashville Predators: The Predators are still on the brink of a wild card berth, but this is the team that blew a 4.2-point lead in the final period against the Columbus Blue Jays.
The Predators lost the last two games, including losing 5-3 to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, and will play the New Jersey Devils in the semifinals.10.
Winnipeg Jets: Winnipeg is looking for its first win of the regular-season and its first in three games after going up 3-0 on the Anaheim Ducks on Monday Night Football.
Winnipeg has scored just three goals in its past six games.11.
Calgary Flames: The Flames have won three straight and sit just three points back of the Wild for the last wild card slot.
The Flames are currently on pace to score just one goal per game, but are on a four-game winning streak.12.
Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks are still one point behind the Calgary Flames for the playoffs.
But they’ve played a complete team game and have scored four goals in four games against Edmonton, the second-most in the NHL.13.
Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are currently one point clear of the Florida Panthers for the first wild card, but could be looking to win three straight if they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers are on track for a 10th straight win.
They have won four straight, beating the New England Patriots and the Carolina Hurricanes.15.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are looking to get back on track after a rough start, and have won eight straight games after dropping two straight.
They also have scored five goals over their last five contests.16.
Montreal Senators: The Sens are on the verge of a four, three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sens have lost four straight and have the second most goals allowed in the league.17.
Tampa Bay Lighting: The Lightning are three points behind Minnesota for the fourth wild card and are playing their first game in five days against the Florida Everblades on Monday in St. Petersburg.18.
Nashville Blue Jackets vs. Columbus Red Wings: The Jackets are currently two points out of first place in their division and could be in the race for the No. 1 spot in the Central.
The Blue Devils have won their past two games and will face the New Orleans Canadiens in the wild card round.19.
St Louis Blues vs. Ottawa Senators: St. John’s is currently in the mix for the top wild card spots, but is still looking for another win after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Florida Lightning on Sunday.20.