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Flyers vs. Lightning Preview and Predictions

In a week of round-robin matches to determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in a winner-take-all game for the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed on Saturday in Toronto.

Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Preview and Predictions

The top seed for the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup playoffs will be on the line Saturday when the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche play in the final game of the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Canucks vs. Wild Preview and Predictions

The Vancouver Canucks can secure a berth in next week's Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory in Game 4 of their Western Conference qualifying series with the Minnesota Wild on Friday night in Edmonton.

Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Preview and Predictions

It wouldn't rank as an upset along the lines of last spring's Stanley Cup playoff opening-round victory over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but the Columbus Blue Jackets want it just as much.

Oilers vs. Blackhawks Preview and Predictions

The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to advance to the Western Conference quarterfinals with a win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of Friday's best-of-five qualifying series.

Penguins vs. Canadiens Preview and Predictions

The Montreal Canadiens have no illusions about their status as underdogs in their qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Islanders vs. Panthers Preview and Predictions

The Florida Panthers are still alive in their best-of-five play-in series against the New York Islanders, which resumes Friday.

Flames vs. Jets Preview and Predictions

With his team facing potential elimination from Stanley Cup playoff contention, Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck knows his own importance next time his team hits the ice.

Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Preview and Predictions

After exchanging shutouts in the first two games of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are both looking to generate more offense in Game 3 on Thursday in Toronto.

Golden Knights vs. Blues Preview and Predictions

Both Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer and St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube will be looking for better starts when their teams face off Thursday in the second game of the Western Conference round-robin Stanley Cup qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Capitals vs. Flyers Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia Flyers will go for a second straight victory in Eastern Conference round-robin action while the Washington Capitals try to bounce back from a tough shootout loss when they meet Thursday in Toronto.

Canucks vs. Wild Preview and Predictions

The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild each have tasted victory through the first two games of their best-of-five Western Conference qualifying series.

Oilers vs. Blackhawks Preview and Predictions

The template for the Edmonton Oilers, at least most of it, was on full display in their 6-3 win on Monday over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Penguins vs. Canadiens Preview and Predictions

There could be tweaks, of course, but don't look for Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to make much in the way of changes going into Game 3 of his team's qualifying-round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday in Toronto.

Avalanche vs. Stars Preview and Predictions

Both teams are securely in the playoffs and not fighting for survival, but Wednesday's round-robin seeding game in Edmonton means plenty for the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars.

Lightning vs. Bruins Preview and Predictions

The Boston Bruins need a spark following their lackluster opener in Eastern Conference round-robin play, and they might find it right there in the team's crease.

Predators vs. Coyotes Preview and Predictions

Coaches for the Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators are facing difficult decisions on their starting goalies for Game 3 of their Western Conference qualifying series on Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton.

Predators vs. Coyotes Preview and Predictions

The Arizona Coyotes can clinch their first postseason series since 2012 with a victory in Game 4 of their Western Conference qualifying round series against the Nashville Predators on Friday in Edmonton.

Islanders vs. Panthers Preview and Predictions

The New York Islanders will go for a sweep of their best-of-five Eastern Conference play-in series against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday afternoon, and they've enjoyed the ride so far.

Wild vs. Canucks Preview and Predictions

The Vancouver Canucks didn't get quite the result they wanted out of their first playoff game in five years.