19. Philadelphia Flyers
Previous: No. 23
The Flyers have been victorious in three straight contests to pull within a point of an Eastern Conference wild-card bid. In a 4-1 win over Buffalo most recently, Jakub Voracek picked up his 42nd and 43rd assists of the season. Claude Giroux also grabbed No. 38.
18. Minnesota Wild
Previous: No. 20
The Wild needed two third-period goals to pull out a point against Calgary on Tuesday. That sets up tonight’s showdown with the Blackhawks for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. Both teams playing last night might not lead to the most spirited of affairs, but it’s two points both teams need.
17. Chicago Blackhawks
Previous: No. 18
There were good and neutral items to take away from the Blackhawks’ 8-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday. On the good side, there were four powerplay goals scored. No matter how those happen for Chicago, they’re a good boost of confidence. On the flip side, Craig Anderson and Mike Condon let in some stinkers to inflate the Blackhawks’ goal total. But putting pucks on net is also never bad.