Heading into the final weekend of the NHL season every playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is locked up. But in the West we still have three teams fighting for two spots and it all comes down to Saturday night.
On the line is a 20-plus year playoff streak in Detroit, an incredible comeback story in Columbus, and the Minnesota Wild attempting to avoid a second straight late season collapse coming off of an embarrassing 6-1 loss at home to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
There is still seeding and first-round matchups to be settled in both conferences, but the three-way race at the bottom of the West is the one we’re looking at.
So here is what’s at stake for all three teams and what it’s going to take to get them in.