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Playoff Watch: Thrashers still have role in East

Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 2:38 pm

WHO CAN CLINCH:  Three teams can clinch tonight without even being on the ice. The Nashville Predators can secure a playoff berth if the Dallas Stars lose to the Colorado Avalanche (regulation, overtime or a shootout). The Phoenix Coyoteswill clinch a playoff berth if Stars lose or if the Stars win in a shootout. The Anaheim Ducks are in if the Stars lose in regulation.

ALREADY IN:  Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Washington.     

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Atlanta Thrasher (33-34-12) at New York Rangers (43-32-5), 7 p.m. ET

The Thrasher may have been eliminated a few days back, but they still have a major say who gets the final couple playoff spots in the East. Atlanta, which is on a two-game skid, faces the Rangers tonight and the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The Thrashers have won two of the first three meetings. 

This will be the first game for the Rangers since Ryan Callahan went down with a broken ankle suffered in Monday’s 5-3 victory over Boston. Defenseman Matt Gilroy will be moved to the wing to fill in for Callahan, the Rangers’ second-leading scorer. The Rangers enter with wins in back-to-back games 

ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Colorado Avalanche (29-42-8) at Dallas Stars (40-28-11), 8:30 p.m. ET

The Stars, who have won two in a row after a six-game slide, can pull to within three points of the idle Chicago Blackhawks with a victory. While the Avs have been at or near the basement much of the season, they have won the two previous meetings between these two clubs. The Stars also face the Avs on Friday. 

GOLF WATCH:  No new teams can clinch tonight. Calgary, Toronto, Atlanta, St. Louis, New Jersey, Minnesota Columbus, Ottawa, Florida, New York Islanders, Columbus, Colorado and Edmonton are already mathematically eliminated.  

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:27 pm

Playoff Watch: Thrashers still have role in East

HAHA and Goldstein could just put the Islanders as eliminated for the  next 3 seasons without them even needing to take the ice

Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:35 pm

Playoff Watch: Thrashers still have role in East

Columbus was so bad they were eliminated twice according to this article

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