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NEW YORK — The NHL playoffs don’t officially begin until April 11. But for all intents and purposes Authentic Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey , the postseason starts Tuesday night for the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Two of the seven Metropolitan Division teams wrapped up in a tightly-packed race for the final two Metro playoff spots and the two Eastern Conference wild-card berths will face off at Barclays Center.
The Blue Jackets snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night when they beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 6-1. The host Islanders squandered a two-goal lead Sunday and fell to the Calgary Flames 3-2.
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The loss by the Islanders (27-24-6) cost them a chance to break a tie with the Blue Jackets (28-23-4) and move into a wild-card spot. Instead, New York and Columbus enter Tuesday with 60 points apiece, one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who occupy the second wild card Authentic Howie Kendrick Jersey , and two points behind the wild card-leading Devils.
But the Islanders and Blue Jackets are also just one point ahead of the last-place New York Rangers and within striking distance of the second- and third-place teams in the Metro — the Pittsburgh Penguins (66 points) and Philadelphia Flyers (65 points).
All seven teams are in action Tuesday night, meaning the Islanders and Blue Jackets could be anywhere from all alone in the second wild-card spot to alone in last place by the end of the evening.
Such unpredictability is likely a sign of things to come for the next seven weeks, when the thinnest of margins could determine who advances to the playoffs and who heads home.
“With the way it is right now, as far as the standings Authentic Zack Cozart Jersey , everything has to be better,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said after practice Monday. “Our goaltending needs to be better. All facets of the game — defense, offense, special teams — need to continue to try to be consistent and better.”
The clash Tuesday night caps five straight games against Metro foes for the Blue Jackets Cheap Ito Smith Jersey , who opened the stretch with a 3-2 loss to the Islanders at Barclays Center on Feb. 3, and begins a three-game divisional swing for the Islanders, who host the Rangers on Thursday before visiting the Hurricanes on Friday.
“I think this week is do or die for us,” Islanders center Casey Cizikas told Newsday after practice Monday afternoon. “We’d either be in a really good position Authentic Daniel Kilgore Jersey , or we can be in a tough position where we’re kind of looking from the other side in. We want to make sure that we’re putting pressure on other teams to keep up with us and we’re not chasing them. So this week is massive.”
The Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak and the Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky are expected to oppose one another in a battle of No. 1 goalies. Halak took the loss Sunday when he had 39 saves against the Flames. Bobrovsky posted the win Saturday, making 34 saves against the Devils.
Halak is 13-5-3 in 22 regular-season appearances against the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky is 14-5-0 in 20 games against the Islanders.
LAS VEGAS — For 52 minutes on Monday Cheap Bradley Chubb Jersey , the Los Angeles Kings‘ playoff hopes looked like they were on the verge of extinction.
Los Angeles trailed the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights, 2-0, at Staples Center and it would have been a whole lot worse if not for a dozen sensational saves by goalie Jonathan Quick. Then the Kings rallied to tie it on Anze Kopitar’s one-timer with 10.8 seconds left in regulation, then pulled out a 3-2 victory in overtime when Dustin Brown smashed in a rebound of a Kopitar shot with 1:46 left in OT.
The victory moved Los Angeles (34-24-5, 73 points) into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference and also within a point of third place Anaheim in the Pacific Division. Now the Kings and Golden Knights play again just 24 hours later for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Center.
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“It’s huge,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said after Los Angeles defeated the expansion Golden Knights (41-16-5 http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic … rst-jersey , 87) for the first time in three meetings. “We’re in a playoff race right now. We’re trying to get into the playoffs. We’re still a couple of points out. This team is in first place and I’m sure a lot of teams don’t expect us to win these two matches. So we got the first one out of the way. Now we need to go win another one.”
That might be easier said than done. Vegas, which is 12 points ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division, is an amazing 24-5-2 at home this season and blitzed Quick and the Kings in the only previous meeting at T-Mobile Arena, 4-2, on Nov. 19.
That game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Vegas scored on three of its first nine shots, sending Quick the bench midway through the first period. Darcy Kuemper finished up and made 30 saves.
Still Authentic Andrew McCutchen Jersey , the Kings are a desperate team these days. The dramatic comeback Monday night, which had a distinct playoff feel to it, figures to carry over to Las Vegas.
“Honestly, tomorrow matters even more now,” said Tyler Toffoli, who assisted on Brown’s game-winner. “We’ve just got to start preparing and be ready to go tomorrow in a really tough rink to play in.”
For Vegas fans Texans Keke Coutee Jersey , the game will be the first chance to view two key trade deadline acquisitions in right winger Ryan Reaves, obtained from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday to provide some much-needed toughness up front, and left winger Tomas Tatar, acquired on Monday morning from the Detroit Red Wings to add some scoring punch to the third line.
Reaves made his debut in Monday’s night loss to the Kings and had a team-high four hits as well as a penalty in seven minutes on the ice. Tatar, who has 16 goals and 12 assists this season, is expected to join the team and play Tuesday night.
The big question is will Marc-Andre Fleury Authentic Ito Smith Jersey , who had 41 saves in the loss and has started 11 consecutive games in net, start again for the Golden Knights or will they turn to backup Maxime Lagace, who had 27 saves to pick up the win the last time the two teams played at T-Mobile Arena?
“It happens to everybody,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said of Monday night’s tough loss. “I thought we played a great game. If we played this game over again the same way, I’d be happy again. I liked the way we played. It was a big point for us and they got two.”