Two teams on divergent ends of the NHL playoff spectrum, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, meet Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. Pittsburgh (38-14-8) sits second in the Metropolitan Division and in great playoff position, but Penguins coach Mike Sullivan would like to see the reigning Stanley Cup champions raise their level of play even further. "We all have to elevate our games," Sullivan said after practice on Monday.
With their championship window in danger of closing, the Washington Capitals made a strong move Monday to try to win the Stanley Cup this spring by acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues. Shattenkirk is a pending unrestricted free agent, but was considered the top rental player available ahead of the NHL's Wednesday trade deadline. Washington traded a 2017 first-round pick, forward Zach Sanford, a conditional 2019 draft pick and minor league forward Brad Malone to St. Louis for Shattenkirk and goaltender Pheonix Copley.
The NHL deadline trades made since 2013 that hinge on a team's playoff success: