By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
The Stanley Cup playoffs are fast approaching with just three weeks remaining in the regular season, and the postseason field is starting to take shape. The Washington Capitals clinched the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference with a 4–2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Check out all the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri will miss the rest of the season with a hand injury, the team announced. Cammalleri hasn't played since Jan. 26.
• Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf will miss Wednesday night’s game with a lower-body injury, recording to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.
• Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said that there will be “key changes” to the team after this season and that “no one is safe,” reports ESPN.
• Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon will miss the next two games with knee injuries before being re-evaluated, the team announced.
• New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath has returned to practice and is expected to return from a knee injury next week, reports the New York Daily News’ Justin Tasch. McIlrath hasn’t played since March 6.
• Edmonton Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba hopes to return for the final three games of the regular season, reports the Edmonton Sun’s Jim Matheson. Gryba hasn’t played since Feb. 16 because of a knee injury.
• The Dallas Stars clinched a playoff spot with their 6–2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Head coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News said that the Stars are “playing some of our best hockey right now.”