If the Bruins and Maple Leafs can all take good care of business this weekend, then next week’s program may possibly not have a whole lot of meaning. 

If you’re here, congratulations! The last six days of this NHL season process and there are still borders to be found and also advantages to be gained. But, things will get catchy. As teams begin to clinch their playoff position, we are going to get some good”NFL Week 17 style” remainder days.

Fortunately, many positions have remained marginally competitive during the last couple weeks, and also even the teams that are locked in to place have some thing to push — I’m taking a look in the Tampa Bay Lightning, as you pursue the NHL’s all time win album of 62 games.

Let’s touch on some of those kinds of situations here, so you are conscious:

If the Boston Bruins be at both the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings this weekend (a likely scenario) and the Toronto Maple Leafs farther down the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (also well within the domain of chances ), then both teams will likely probably be locked into their playoff seeding. The Bruins play with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Lightning weekly. Even the Blue Jackets game will possess wildcard consequences, however it’s likely that the game with Minnesota will soon be inconsequential. The Lightning game won’t matter at all if the Tampa Bay has 63 wins then. Meanwhile, Toronto might see three of the four matches have impacts on races that are musical, with the noteworthy exception being a competition against the Lightning. The top few teams in the Atlantic Division might all be taking it easy throughout those late-season games against the Lightning. The saving grace might possibly be that both the Bruins and Maple Leafs don’t desire to”appear weak” contrary to the Lightning heading to the postseason, so they may show up together with each of their troops. However, the teams may as readily convince themselves that they are better served byn’t tipping their hand to the team they would meet in the 2nd round once they fight every other. The bottom line here would be to pay careful attention to this lineups for all these three teams starting Thursday.

A little farther down the Atlantic and in the mixture for the Wildcard, the Montreal Canadiens possess a brutal schedule on tap using the Lightning, Washington Capitals and Maple Leafs. Those are three dangerous crimes — and also the first two will definitely be going at full steam (the Capitals for seeding and the Lightning for those wins record).

Even the Metropolitan Division is all stacked quite closely in the standings with the wild-card teams in striking distance of their three division leaders. With Montreal also being in the mix for the wild card, all these teams should all keep each other honest until the final whistle.

At the Western Alliance, the Calgary Flames may possess the top seed wrapped up from the end of the weekend when they come off with wins against both the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks. If that’s the case, each of the matches next week are against non-playoff teams and might have zero impacts. Playing at the favor of dream managers, however, is the fact that the Flames are trying to receive their first line leaning again before the postseason. They even switched their lines up together with Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan all skating separate lines this week. It’s possible the Flames simply take one”rest match” a few weeks and attempt to use the rest to kick the offense into high gear for the play offs.

In addition, it is possible that the matches in a few days for the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights become irrelevant by midweek. The Sharks are close to a point where they can not catch the Flames and can not be caught by the Golden Knights, while Vegas is slipping to a point where they can not catch the Sharks and can not be caught by the Arizona Coyotes. Even the Golden Knights play with three non-playoff teams, even while the Sharks only playoff-bound opponent is potentially the Colorado Avalanche on the final day of this season. The Sharks already are napping Erik Karlsson and taking Joe Pavelski‘s return slow, while the Golden Knights aren’t hurrying back an injured Marc-Andre Fleury. These seeding scenarios won’t help some one of them get down to the ice earlier.

The Central Division will be maintained just a little more honest, as even the wild-card Dallas Stars have a way to the division name — though Ben Bishop‘s injury will not help. Even the St. Louis Blues truly have an attempt at the name, as they sit only two points back of their Nashville Predators plus four points back of this Winnipeg Jets — with a match in hand on either. An interesting note: The Jets are on the road for four matches against the four teams which still are looking for the second wild-card spot in the West.

While most of the non-playoff bound teams are guaranteed at least a few matches with playoff implications, it’s possible that the LosAngeles Kings and Ducks don’t play a single match of outcome weekly.

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Highlights from teams playing with four matches: We have 10 teams playing four matches, despite the short week. Of course, all of them possess a backend set because Sunday isn’t in drama, however, the Kings will play two back-to-back sets. That is interesting for dream since it indicates two starts from Jack Campbell, who’s proven to be a good fantasy option when called up on. … Of those four-game teams, possibly Philipp Grubauer, Jordan Binnington and Corey Crawford get all starts for their squads, regardless of the back-to-back sets. Every stage could thing to the Avalanche, Blues and Chicago Blackhawks down the stretch. They have been the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 dream goaltenders on the past fourteen days, also available in 80 percent, 40 percent and 60 percent of ESPN leagues, respectively.

Teams playing with two matches: The Ducks would be the only team with a short two-game program. In addition, it is likely the Flames have the top seed locked by time the clubs meet on Wednesday, meaning both the games for Anaheim will soon be of no result. While this means down playing some viability of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Jakob Silfverberg and company, look at what youths enjoy Sam Steel and Troy Terry are doing lately. If you are in need of a one-way flow on the two light days within the program, the Ducks play Wednesday (three matches total) and Friday (three matches ).

Highlights from clubs playing with three matches: The Blue Jackets and Stars be able to possess three matches and also a back-to-back set on tap. It’s possible that both portions of the sets to get rid of the growing season will still thing for both golf clubs, so Sergei Bobrovsky ought to be all set for the entire week to the Blue Jackets. If Bishop’s injury proves to be acute enough to help keep him Anton Khudobin might also be an interesting streaming choice to play all three matches for the Stars.

For all those new to the forecaster graph, below are a few explanations:”O” (crime ) and”D” (shield ) match up ratings are based on a scale from 1 (poor match-up ) to 10 (excellent match-up ) and therefore so are calculated using a formula which evaluates the team’s season-to-date data, and its performance in home/road matches depending on where the match is to be played, and also its own opponents’ amounts in those categories. Even the”Ratings” column lists the cumulative rating from 1 to 10 of that week offensive (“O”) and defensive (“D”) matchups.

Gms

Ratings

Mon
4/1

Tue
4/2

Wed
4/3

Thu
4/4

Fri
4/5

Sat
4/6

Sun
4/7

2

3

2

OFF

OFF

CGY

5

7

OFF

Manhunter

5

6

OFF

OFF

3

5

4

OFF

Manhunter

6

6

OFF

@VGS

4

7

OFF

WPG

6

4

OFF

3

9

8

OFF

@CLS

10

7

OFF

@MIN

10

8

OFF

TB

9

7

OFF

3

3

8

OFF

NSH

3

8

OFF

OTT

4

6

OFF

@DET

4

8

OFF

3

3

4

@LA

4

5

OFF

@ANA

3

6

OFF

OFF

EDM

3

4

OFF

3

8

5

OFF

@TOR

10

3

OFF

NJ

8

8

OFF

@PHI

9

7

OFF

4

8

9

WPG

7

3

OFF

St L

6

5

OFF

DAL

6

7

@NSH

5

9

OFF

4

7

6

@STL

5

5

EDM

6

5

OFF

WPG

6

3

OFF

@SJ

6

5

OFF

3

5

3

OFF

BOS

5

1

OFF

OFF

@NYR

7

6

@OTT

6

7

OFF

3

3

5

OFF

PHI

5

6

OFF

OFF

@CHI

3

5

MIN

3

7

OFF

3

2

5

OFF

PIT

3

5

OFF

@PIT

3

5

OFF

BUF

4

6

OFF

4

8

9

@VGS

5

6

@COL

6

6

OFF

SJ

7

4

OFF

@CGY

7

7

OFF

3

8

8

WSH

9

6

OFF

OFF

NYI

9

9

OFF

NJ

10

8

OFF

4

6

9

CGY

5

7

@ARI

4

5

OFF

OFF

@ANA

5

6

VGS

3

6

OFF

3

2

1

OFF

WPG

4

3

OFF

BOS

2

1

OFF

@DAL

3

7

OFF

3

6

5

OFF

TB

5

6

OFF

@WSH

5

7

OFF

TOR

8

4

OFF

3

2

7

OFF

@BUF

4

8

OFF

VAN

4

7

OFF

CHI

2

6

OFF

3

2

1

NYR

3

6

OFF

OFF

@CAR

3

4

OFF

@FLA

4

2

OFF

3

1

2

TOR

4

3

OFF

OFF

@FLA

2

2

OFF

@WSH

1

6

OFF

4

6

10

@NJ

5

8

OFF

OTT

4

6

OFF

CLS

4

5

@PIT

5

6

OFF

4

6

8

TB

4

5

OFF

@NYR

5

6

@BUF

6

6

OFF

CLS

4

5

OFF

3

3

1

OFF

@DAL

4

5

OFF

@STL

4

3

OFF

CAR

4

2

OFF

3

5

8

OFF

@DET

6

8

OFF

DET

6

8

OFF

NYR

5

6

OFF

3

6

4

OFF

@VAN

8

6

OFF

@EDM

7

4

OFF

COL

6

5

OFF

4

9

9

COL

6

6

OFF

@CHI

7

5

PHI

9

6

OFF

VAN

8

6

OFF

4

8

6

@OTT

6

7

@MTL

6

6

OFF

@TOR

9

3

OFF

@BOS

5

2

OFF

4

9

4

@NYI

7

7

CAR

8

2

OFF

TB

8

3

OFF

@MTL

7

3

OFF

3

4

3

OFF

SJ

6

3

OFF

@NSH

4

7

OFF

@STL

5

3

OFF

3

4

7

EDM

5

6

OFF

OFF

ARI

4

7

OFF

@LA

5

7

OFF

3

4

6

@FLA

6

3

OFF

OFF

MTL

4

6

OFF

NYI

5

10

OFF

4

10

6

@CHI

8

4

@MIN

9

6

OFF

@COL

8

5

OFF

@ARI

7

5

OFF

The Avalanche continue to push the playoffs without Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. Rantanen hasn’t practiced yet, but Landeskog was on the ice in a no-contact jersey. Not one of their remaining games will be easy, so the team demands both guys back. Landeskog has slipped to just over 80 percent rostership, so he may be worth heading into next week in case you visit him available.

There seems to be little incentive for your Pittsburgh Penguins to rush back Kris Letang or Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins play with the Red Wings twice and the Rangers once to close this season. As the points are crucial, those are winnable games without their celebrity defenseman as well as forwards. Here’s gambling we don’t see them at all , at minimum, not until the final match.

Want to surprise your dream opponents for the final week? See if your league is just one of those 18 percent in which Dustin Byfuglien was dropped. “Large Buff” is eyeing a possible return by this weekend and also the Jets play with four games of effect following week.

While they aren’t mathematically playing the string yet, it’s close and also the philadelphiaflyers have probably approved their fate. Oskar Lindblom and Nolan Patrick are both getting prominent lineup looks down the stretch and, while I wish to recommend them for performances that are deeper, I’m also wary regarding the match ups with the Stars, Blues and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Ny Rangers are rewarding Brendan Lemieux with some Excess responsibility to execute the season. The fourth-liner in the Nerf is playing the team’s top line and power-play Mika Zibanejad and also has a great PIM/points profile with the Rangers — six points and 3 3 PIM in 14 games.

As mentioned previously, the Flames lines are a sexy mess. Gaudreau is with Derek Ryan and Michael Frolik; Monahan is with Austin Czarnik and James Neal; and Lindholm is with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk. If these lines stick, I don’t want to rely on Gaudreau and then Monahan down the stretch, however, Backlund becomes a must-start.

Even the Buffalo Sabres happen to be giving Victor Olofsson a look on the top line together with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. It had been Alexander Nylander before himso the thickness graph was fickle. That said, Olofsson had 60 points in 64 games as a 23-year-old AHL rookie this season, hence the scoring profile is not still there.

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