NHL playoff picture: Kings take Jets' wild card spot; Bruins keep winning
The Los Angeles Kings are back in a playoff spot after their victory and a loss by the Winnipeg Jets vaulted the defending Stanley Cup champions into the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Boston Bruins meanwhile maintained their wild card cushion in the East with their fourth straight win.
Here's how the playoff picture looks after a busy Thursday night:
The Senators and the Florida Panthers also won their games to match Boston's successful evening.
The Vancouver Canucks are in danger of dropping to third in the division after being blanked by Los Angeles.
The Jets lost to the Panthers, opening the door for the Kings. The Sharks are two points behind Winnipeg after their victory over Nashville.
Race for Last
Edmonton, the Arizona Coyotes and the Carolina Hurricanes all lost to maintain their draft lottery positions. The Columbus Blue Jackets moved closer to purgatory with a win over the Detroit Red Wings.