Why is tonight so big, you ask?
Five of the six teams pictured play-- two of which, Philadelphia and Winnipeg, will meet head-to-head. The Rangers' shootout loss on Friday in Pittsburgh gained them a point, jumping them ahead of the Islanders and Devils and into the No. 7 spot.
The Devils, with a win tonight over Toronto and an Islanders loss, will return inside the East's top eight.
Meanwhile, the Jets host the Flyers in a huge interdivisional game at 3 p.m. Winnipeg, with a win and a Washington loss, can retake first place in the Southeast Division. With a loss, the Jets will be all but out of playoff contention, considering they have played more games, 40, than any other team in the East.
Meanwhile, the Flyers can creep within one point of the playoffs-- and drop the Devils into the Atlantic Division basement-- with a win and a New Jersey loss.
The Capitals, not pictured but presently in third overall, will keep the Southeast lead-- and home-ice advantage that comes with it-- with a win in Sunrise over the Panthers or a Winnipeg loss.
The Rangers, playing for the second straight night, are in Carolina to meet the fading Hurricanes. The Islanders, meanwhile, will host the Lightning tonight. Both Carolina and Tampa Bay, not pictured, can move within four points of the playoffs with wins.
Meanwhile, at the East's top, Boston can retake first in the Northeast Division with a win in Montreal tonight.
Here's the full slate for Saturday of East games with playoff implications. All times are p.m. and eastern time.
Philadelphia at Winnipeg, 3
Boston at Montreal, 7
Toronto at DEVILS, 7
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7
N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 7
Washington at Florida, 7:30