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.
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WHO'S DELIVERING THE CHECKS
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Before joining the website in 2005, he was a reporter for The Windsor Star and Toronto Sun. Burnside also co-authored the best-selling true crime book "Deadly Innocence."
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Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com, joining the website in Sept. 2008 after spending 13 years with The Canadian Press as its national hockey columnist. He is also a regular panelist for TSN of Canada.
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Craig Custance joined ESPN in Sept. 2011 to cover the NHL for ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Insider and ESPN.com. Previously, he covered hockey for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Sporting News.
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Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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