- Tim Kavanagh, Fantasy and Insider
The playoff races are in the final stretch, and there were some notable developments thanks to Saturday's outcomes: the Boston Bruins are Atlantic Division champs, thanks to a win over the Washington Capitals; the Colorado Avalanche are headed back to the playoffs in Patrick Roy's first season behind the bench; the New Jersey Devils lost another shootout, and have now only scored one goal in 30 attempts this season. For New Jersey, the missed opportunity against the lowly New York Islanders means that they sit five points behind current wild cards Columbus and Detroit.
The Eastern Conference playoff battle is hottest among teams contending for the wild-card slots, while in the Western Conference, it's more about where the playoff-bound teams will be seeded. That includes the Avs, who are hoping for the best regarding an MRI for Matt Duchene, who suffered a knee injury on Saturday. Each NHL team has between six and nine games remaining, and it may come right down to the final day in some of these races.