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Ducks, Rangers, Sharks, Oilers can clinch Playoff Berth tonight

Ducks, Rangers, Sharks, Oilers can clinch Playoff Berth tonight

Two teams need one point, two teams need a win to get playoff spot


With the NHL playoffs just two weeks away, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. The last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs with four teams just separated by four points for that spot. The Western Conference picture is clearer.

The eight teams that will qualify for the postseason are pretty much set. The only thing remaining in the West is the seeding.

Five of the 16 playoff spots are already filled. Tonight, four more teams can join the postseason party.

The New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and Edmonton Oilers can all clinch playoff spots this evening.

While these playoff clinching scenarios can sometimes be tricky, tonight’s scenarios are pretty straightforward. Here are the following ways each team can punch their ticket into the postseason:


The Rangers can reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season if they get at least one point against the Sharks. Should they lose in regulation, they can still make the playoffs if the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators in any fashion.


The Ducks will be looking to reach the postseason for the fifth straight spring. They’ll get there if they at least get one point against the Vancouver Canucks. Should they not get it though, like the Rangers, they can still get in with a regulation loss. Anaheim would need a Los Angeles Kings loss in any fashion against the Oilers if they lose in regulation.


The defending Western Conference champion Sharks are looking to defend their conference crown. They’ll get the opportunity to do so if they defeat the Rangers in regulation or overtime. Should they beat New York in a shootout, San Jose can still get to the playoffs with that shootout win and a Kings loss in any fashion or a Kings shootout win.

The Sharks can also get into the playoffs without a win. If they get one point against the Rangers, the Sharks will make the playoffs if Los Angeles loses in any fashion. A regulation loss by the Kings also gets San Jose into the postseason.


Barring a monumental collapse, the Oilers will be reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2006 this season. In 2006, they went all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. They’ll be looking for a similar magical run this spring. First, they need to get it, though.

The formula for Edmonton to clinch that playoff spot is simple: win and you’re in. A win in any fashion against the Kings gets the Oilers back into the postseason for the first time in 11 years.