Still, it’s tough to totally dissolve the good feelings of such an unlikely night. As of this moment, the Panthers aren’t just in playoff position; they’re still atop the Atlantic Division. (Late games for the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning will influence the size of that buffer.)
For fans of tanking/struggling teams, you aren’t really circling games on a calendar.
(Do teams really do that, anyway? Seems very cinematic …)
Instead, you’re looking beyond 2015-16 to the off-season, and it appears as if there is a new date of importance. The Draft Lottery for the 2016 NHL Draft will happen on April 30, according to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox.
NHL draft lottery is set for April 30th. Must watch TV in 7 Canadian cities.
As of today, the Toronto Maple Leafs have the best odds, with a 20 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick. TSN provides regularly updated “standings,” which will serve as an added insult for fans of Canadian NHL teams.
While the Sharks continue to stick with it in the competitive Pacific races, the Metro situation suddenly looks a little less comfortable for the Rangers. The Pittsburgh Penguins are closing fast in that regard, and maybe that fuels that fire a little bit more?
The Rangers get a chance to respond with a home game against the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Looks like the Stars will get John Klingberg back vs. Islanders
The Stars are facing an Islanders team that should have plenty of motivation after seeing the Pittsburgh Penguins take the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. Klingberg may be enough for Dallas to win what could be a high-scoring game.