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The New York Rangers have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, while the Philadelphia Flyers remain, at least for now, mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference thanks to a four-game winning streak.

The two Metropolitan Division foes clash Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET) in New York. You can catch the game on NBCSN or online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

NHL on NBCSN: Rangers try to put a stop to Flyers’ winning streak

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth released from hospital

Rangers make changes after loss in Anaheim

Wild need a win, but Boudreau cautions: ‘If we’re not ready to play, we’re in trouble’

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The Minnesota Wild play the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Facing the worst team in the NHL would seem, at least on paper anyway, to be the perfect remedy to the Wild’s recent struggles — just four wins since the beginning of March and a fall from first in the Central Division.

As the losses have piled up in Minnesota, so, too has coach Bruce Boudreau’s frustration with the way his team has been playing, the latest evidence of this occurring during a media availability with reporters prior to Sunday’s game.

He didn’t say much. But that should speak volumes.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Q: The team showed little drive against an opponent it might face in the playoffs. How disappointing was that? A: You’re going to have to talk to them about it, not me. Because I can’t get inside their drive.

Q: What’s the message to players today? A: We’ve got to go out there and win a game. That’s what we’ve got to do. If we’re not ready to play, then we’re in trouble.

Devan Dubnyk starts in goal for the Wild.

First place in the Central is no longer a possibility for the Wild, but with four games remaining on their schedule, including today’s contest, they can use that time to try to rediscover themselves heading into the playoffs.

Bruins sign Boston University product Forsbacka Karlsson to entry-level deal

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The Boston Bruins got some work done today, both on and off the ice.

After beating the Chicago Blackhawks to extend their winning streak to five games and increase their chances of securing a playoff spot, the Bruins announced the signing of 20-year-old forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who had spent the last two years at Boston University.

It’s a three-year entry-level deal for Forsbacka Karlsson, a right-shooting center who is expected to join the Bruins during the upcoming week, according to the club.

Originally selected in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, Forsbacka Karlsson had 14 goals and 33 points in 39 games during his sophomore season with the Terriers.

Oilers defeat Ducks in OT thriller, take over top spot in Pacific Division

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The Stanley Cup playoffs don’t start for another few weeks, although the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks didn’t play Saturday’s game like it was just ‘one of 82’ in the regular season.

No. This was for top spot in the Pacific Division.

These teams went toe-to-toe, and it was the Oilers emerging victorious with a 3-2 overtime win after yet another sensational performance from their generational talent Connor McDavid.

The Oilers and Ducks are tied with 97 points, however the Oilers have the tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins, and move into first in the Pacific.

If the regular season ended right now, it would be the Oilers and Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs, which would be something special for old rivals and fan bases that have endured plenty of losing and embarrassment in recent years.

Milan Lucic tied the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation thanks to a power play goal.

Leon Draisaitl scored the winner off a two-on-one rush on a perfect set up from McDavid, who had three points tonight and now has 94 on the season. He turned 20 years old in January.

With four games remaining on the Oilers’ schedule, hitting the 100-point mark definitely seems possible for McDavid.

There was additional bad news for the Ducks tonight.

Defenseman Sami Vatanen left the game midway through the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Flyers’ Neuvirth hospitalized for ‘precautionary reasons’ after collapsing on the ice

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth will remain in hospital overnight after collapsing on the ice Saturday.

The situation occurred in the first period, just before a faceoff. Neuvirth was standing in his crease when he suddenly fell over and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher.

The club later stated he was awake and alert, however it’s not yet known what caused him to collapse.

“I don’t want to speculate — he’s had a little bit of a chest cold, there’s been a few things going around, there has been all winter,” said Flyers GM Ron Hextall, per CSN Philly.

“We sent him over to the hospital for precautionary reasons, everything so far has been good, things are positive.”

The Flyers, already without Steve Mason due to illness, defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-0 in a game that turned chippy at times.

Anthony Stolarz, who was recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis, stopped all 26 shots he faced.

From the Courier-Post:

The Flyers didn’t think Neuvirth, who had a chest cold, was in any danger before the game, but they had Semborski come in just in case Stolarz couldn’t make it to the game in time. Somehow he got from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia in an hour and 55 minutes.

He missed warmups, but was on the bench 20 seconds after the opening faceoff.

That brings us to Eric Semborski, a graduate of Temple University who was an emergency goalie for the Flyers on Saturday.

With 24 seconds remaining in the game, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol actually sent Semborski onto the ice to finish the game, however, based on reports, because of his emergency goalie status, officials wouldn’t allow it because there was no injury to Stolarz.