New York Islanders only have a slim chance of securing a wildcard spot for the playoffs but will aim to keep their hopes alive by beating the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens, already out of postseason contention, have lost three on the spin while the Islanders are 15 points adrift of a playoffs place with nine games remaining.
Florida Panthers go hunting for a ninth straight victory which will cut Colorado Avalanche’s lead back down to two points at the top of the NHL standings. The Panthers also hold a six-point advantage in the Eastern Conference while the Jets are eight points out of a play-off spot and should be refreshed having not played since Monday.
Boston Bruins will hope to arrest a two-game slide as they bid to climb into the top three of the Atlantic Division and automatic qualification for the play-offs. Boston trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by one point with nine games to go while Ottawa have long since been eliminated and will look to build on Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Detroit Red Wings.
Vancouver Canucks know they cannot afford any slip-ups in their battle to secure a play-off place when they face the Arizona Coyotes. The Canucks (36-28-10) made it four wins on the bounce by beating Vegas Golden Knights in overtime on Tuesday while the Coyotes went down 6-2 to New Jersey Devils for a fourth successive loss.
The Minnesota Wild will look to make their game in hand count as they look to solidify second place in the Central Division. The Edmonton Oilers had a six-game winning streak ended on Saturday by the league-leading Colorado Avalanche in a shootout and look to get back to winning ways in a vital Western Conference match-up.