NHL playoff picture: Sharks in precarious position; Jets overtake Kings

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The San Jose Sharks embark a seven-game road trip that could decide their season after losing at home to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sharks are chasing the Winnipeg Jets, who moved back into the final Western Conference wild-card spot following their victory and a loss by the Los Angeles Kings.

Here's how the rest of the league looks after an exciting Saturday night:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Team GP Points
Montreal 69 93
Tampa Bay 70 91
Detroit 67 85

The Montreal Canadiens regained sole possession of the Atlantic Division lead by defeating the New York Islanders, while the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings both lost.

Metropolitan

Team GP Points
N.Y. Rangers 67 93
N.Y. Islanders 71 90
Pittsburgh 68 88

The Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins both suffered setbacks, allowing the New York Rangers to solidify their hold on the Metropolitan Division with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Boston 68 82
Washington 69 82
Florida 68 76
Ottawa 67 75

The Boston Bruins are riding a five-game winning streak into Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals after downing the Penguins on Saturday. The Florida Panthers kept their hopes alive by blanking the Carolina Hurricanes.

Current Matchups

Montreal (A1) vs. Boston (WC1)

Tampa Bay (A2) vs. Detroit (A3)

N.Y. Rangers (M1) vs. Washington (WC2)

N.Y. Islanders (M2) vs. Pittsburgh (M3)

Western Conference

Central

Team GP Points
Nashville 70 93
St. Louis 68 91
Chicago 68 88

The Nashville Predators rallied to defeat the Kings and move back in front of the St. Louis Blues, who lost to the Minnesota Wild.

Pacific

Team GP Points
Anaheim 70 93
Vancouver 68 82
Calgary 69 81

The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs to swap positions with the Calgary Flames, who lost to the Colorado Avalanche.

Wild Card

Team GP Points
Minnesota 69 83
Winnipeg 69 80
Los Angeles 68 79
San Jose 69 76
Colorado 69 75

The Jets lead the Kings by one point, but Los Angeles has a game in hand, making Winnipeg's contest against San Jose on Tuesday all the more important. The Wild are three points clear in the first wild-card spot after beating St. Louis.

Current Matchups

Nashville (C1) vs. Winnipeg (WC2)

St. Louis (C2) vs. Chicago (C3)

Anaheim (P1) vs. Minnesota (WC1)

Vancouver (P2) vs. Calgary (P3)

Race for Last

Team GP Points
Buffalo 68 44
Edmonton 69 48
Arizona 69 50
Carolina 67 58
Toronto 70 60
Columbus 68 64

Buffalo, the Arizona Coyotes, Carolina and Toronto all lost by a combined score of 12-2.

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