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Wednesday: Tonight's clinching scenarios

No. 7 Buffalo (idle) can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth if ...

• Carolina loses to Detroit in regulation, overtime or shootout.

No. 5 Phoenix can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth if ...

• It beats Los Angeles in regulation, overtime or shootout.

No. 6 Los Angeles can clinch a Western Conference playoff berth if ...

• It beats Phoenix in regulation, overtime or shootout.