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Hockey Night in CanadaLockout season is in for a wild three-week finish

Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 12:58 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers sit just outside of a playoff spot after going 8-2-2 in an impressive third-quarter. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) The Edmonton Oilers sit just outside of a playoff spot after going 8-2-2 in an impressive third-quarter. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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Twenty-seven of the 30 teams still have a realistic chance at the playoffs, and there could be a team out there like the Los Angeles Kings of a year ago. The Stanley Cup champs needed a 9-2-3 to move from 11th to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

The 2013 lockout shortened NHL season is down to its final 22 days and in for a wild conclusion.

Twenty-seven of the 30 teams still have a realistic chance at the playoffs, and there could be a team out there like the Los Angeles Kings of a year ago. The Stanley Cup champs needed a 9-2-3 to move from 11th to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

If you crunch the numbers, it appears at this point, 51 points will be needed to finish eighth in the East, 54 for the West.

The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues were the last two clubs to hit the third-quarter mark of 36 games on Friday. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets enjoyed the best third-quarter 12-game segments.

Below are each team's record after 36 games and the third-quarter records, too.

Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh       (28-8-0), 56 pts       (12-0-0), 24 pts

Boston            (24-8-4), 52 pts       (7-4-1), 15 pts

Montreal         (23-8-5), 51 pts       (8-3-1), 17 pts

Toronto           (20-12-4), 44 pts     (5-3-4), 14 pts

Ottawa            (19-11-6), 44 pts      (7-3-2), 16 pts

N.Y. Rangers   (18-15-3), 39 pts      (5-6-1), 11 pts

New Jersey     (15-12-9), 39 pts      (4-4-4), 12 pts

Winnipeg        (18-16-2), 38 pts       (6-5-1), 13 pts

N.Y. Islanders  (17-16-3), 37 pts       (7-5-0), 14 pts

Washington     (17-17-2), 36 pts       (7-4-1), 15 pts 

Philadelphia    (16-17-3), 35 pts       (5-5-2), 12 pts

Tampa Bay     (16-18-2), 34 pts       (6-5-1), 13 pts

Carolina          (16-18-2), 34 pts       (2-9-1), 5 pts

Buffalo            (13-17-6), 32 pts        (4-4-4), 12 pts

Florida            (11-19-6), 28 pts        (4-7-1), 9 pts

Western Conference

Chicago          (27-5-4), 58 pts          (6-5-1), 13 pts

Anaheim         (24-7-5), 53 pts          (6-4-2), 14 pts

Minnesota      (21-13-2), 44 pts        (8-4-0), 16 pts

Vancouver      (19-11-6), 44 pts        (8-4-0), 16 pts

San Jose        (19-11-6), 44 pts        (8-4-0), 16 pts

Los Angeles   (20-13-3), 43 pts        (6-5-1), 13 pts

St. Louis         (20-14-2), 42 pts        (7-5-0), 14 pts

Detroit            (18-13-5), 41 pts        (6-5-1), 13 pts

Edmonton      (16-13-7), 39 pts         (8-2-2), 18 pts

Columbus      (15-14-7), 37 pts         (7-2-3), 17 pts

Phoenix         (15-15-6), 36 pts         (4-5-3), 11 pts

Nashville       (14-14-8), 36 pts         (4-5-3), 11 pts

Dallas            (16-17-3), 35 pts        (4-7-1), 9 pts

Calgary         (13-19-4), 30 pts        (4-8-0), 8 pts

Colorado       (12-20-4), 28 pts        (2-10-0), 4 pts

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