A couple of noteworthy situations happening in the show tonight:
The Avalanche and Flames are battling out a pivotal game in Colorado. A Flames loss clinches playoff berths for Vancouver and Nashville. The Canucks can also clinch with a win or overtime loss against the Ducks tonight in Anaheim.
The Flyers continue to shoot themselves in the foot dropping their second game in as many nights against the Canadians and as this post is being written, the Rangers are holding a 3rd period lead against the Lightning. Bad news for the Flyers after watching Montreal leap over them in the standings, they'll face-off against the scorching Red Wings Sunday on NBC as the Wings look to make it 8 wins in a row. Their playoff fate will come down to their final two games of the season against the Rangers but look for Philadelphia to fall short.
One final note while watching the Blackhawks and Devils tonight in an exciting shootout win by Chicago, is that you have to think Joel Quenneville will go with Antii Niemi for the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs. Niemi stopped 32 of 33 shots and had 3 saves in the shootout to keep his team in the fight to the end. These are the kinds of games, especially on the road, that players and the coaching staff will gain confidence in their goaltender.