Predators 2, Coyotes 0: Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead Nashville over Phoenix, damaging the Coyotes' playoff hopes. The Coyotes are two points behind the Dallas Stars in the race for the final playoff spot. Phoenix will need to finish the season at least one point ahead of Dallas in the standings since the Stars will hold the first tiebreaker of more regulation and overtime wins no matter what happens over the course of the final two games.
Avalanche 4, Canucks 2: Tyson Barrie scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Colorado took over top spot in the Central Division ahead of St. Louis.
Wild 4, Blues 2: Kyle Brodziak scored two goals, and John Curry made 43 saves in his Minnesota debut to lead the Wild over St. Louis, the Blues' fourth straight loss.
Kings 3, Oilers 0: Martin Jones made just 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing skid. The Kings have clinched third in the Pacific Division and will play second-place San Jose in the first round of the playoffs.
Rangers 2, Sabres 1: Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with the victory combined with Philadelphia's loss to Tampa Bay.
Concussions: Nine former players have sued the league over concussions, saying the NHL subjects its players to "devastating and long-term" health consequences by failing to warn players of the risks and consequences of head trauma. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed several months after a similar lawsuit was filed by 10 former NHL players in Washington.
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