NHL Playoff Watch Daily - Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames in critical matchups | espn-news.com

NHL Playoff Watch Daily – Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames in critical matchups

As the end of April nears, many teams around the NHL are down to a single-digit number of games remaining on the schedule. In other words, time is running out for clubs currently on the bubble to make a glorious run into playoff position. Three such teams chasing that dream will take the ice on Friday night, in the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Calgary Flames.

The Blackhawks are three points behind the No. 4-seeded Nashville Predators, a team they’ll face Friday night at the United Center (streaming live on ESPN+). The bad news is that Nashville leads the season series 6-1; the good news is that the “1” came Wednesday night.

Chances for a playoff appearance by the Blueshirts are a little slimmer, as they’re eight points behind the Boston Bruins, and the B’s have two games in hand. But if such a run is possible, it’ll likely have to include a win Friday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly is up 4-3 in the season series against New York, and tonight’s game is at Madison Square Garden, where the Flyers won 3-2 on Thursday night.

For the Flames, it’s a home matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, against whom they lead the season series 4-2. Similar to the Rangers’ situation, the Flames are eight points behind the Habs, so a win tonight is extra critical.

As we enter the final stretch of the regular season, it’s time to check in on all the playoff races — along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2021 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via Money Puck. Tragic numbers are courtesy of Damian Echevarrieta of the NHL.

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Race for No. 1 pick

East Division

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