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Maple Leafs could clinch playoff berth; Bruins/Sens rescheduled (Puck Previews)

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Puck Previews: Spotlighting the key games in NHL action, news and views as well as general frivolity. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. ET It's been almost a decade since the Maple Leafs made the playoffs and with a win tonight and a regulation loss by the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto will find itself playing postseason hockey. They'll look to do so against tough company as the Capitals enter Tuesday night winners of seven straight, having scored 27 goals over that stretch.

Preview: Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET The Canucks and Blues could meet in the playoffs or St. Louis could find themselves on the outside looking in at this point. Looking to avoid their third loss in a row, the Blues are fighting for their playoff lives sitting in seventh with Detroit and Columbus right behind them.

Preview: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET According to the AP, the Kings have not lost four in a row away from Staples Center since 2009 and they'll attempt to avoid matching that feat against Antti Niemi, who this seasons 13-1-4 at HP Pavilion.

Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page. For tonight's starting goalies, check out Goalie Post.

Evening Reading

• Martin Richard, the 8-year old who was one of three people to die in the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, was a Bruins fan. [Boston Globe]

• The NHL has rescheduled the postponed Bruins/Ottawa Senators game from Monday night to Sunday, April 28, the day after the regular season was originally going to end. [NHL]

• What could the Penguins signing of Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell mean for their future in goal? [Colligan]

Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: "Rafter" on what the Devils need to do to end their 10-game losing streak:

"I think we all know what must be done. We must sacrifice Chico to appease the dark lord..."

Just make sure he gets a good last meal!

Bold prediction: Leafs fans start their playoff parties tonight. 3-2 OT win over the Caps coupled with a 4-1 Tampa win over the Jets.

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