NHL playoff picture: Blackhawks leapfrog Wild, Flames rise in Pacific
The Chicago Blackhawks jumped over the Minnesota Wild by edging the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames moved past the Los Angeles Kings into third place in the Pacific Division with a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Here's how the playoff picture looks after a busy Sunday slate:
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The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout and leapfrogged the Islanders because they have a game in hand.
Montreal (A1) vs. Boston (WC2)
Tampa Bay (A2) vs. Detroit (A3)
New York Rangers (M1) vs. Washington (WC1)
Pittsburgh (M2) vs. New York Islanders (M3)
The Blackhawks earned a 4-3 victory over the Jets and moved past the Wild into third place in the division. Chicago trails the St. Louis Blues by three points for second place.
The Flames' win over the Predators vaulted them back into third place in the division, putting some heat on the idle Vancouver Canucks.
Minnesota slipped back down to the first wild card spot thanks to the Blackhawks' win over the Jets, and Winnipeg's loss means the Kings can leapfrog them with a win over Chicago on Monday. Los Angeles has more regulation or overtime wins - ROWs - than the Jets.
Nashville (C1) vs. Minnesota (WC1)
St. Louis (C2) vs. Chicago (C3)
Anaheim (P1) vs. Winnipeg (WC2)
Vancouver (P2) vs. Calgary (P3)
Race for Last
The Buffalo Sabres battle the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The Edmonton Oilers play the Colorado Avalanche that same evening, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are off until Tuesday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.