Who wins playoff, award races?

The Vegas Golden Knights have been hailed as the ideal expansion franchise, making it to the Stanley Cup Final their first season in 2017-18 and reaching the playoffs every year since.

But with a little more than a week left in the season, the Golden Knights are in a fight to keep that streak alive.

They can reach the postseason by grabbing third place in the Pacific Division or securing a wild-card spot. Even with a big win against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, the Golden Knights are three points back in the Pacific Division race and two points back in the wild-card race. The wild-card teams have a game in hand.

The Golden Knights (89 points) were touted for their November trade for No. 1 center Jack Eichel, who didn’t play until February as he recovered from neck surgery. The team, though, has been hit hard by injuries, which helped their cap situation but not their play on the ice.

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Eichel is trying to make the playoffs for the first time in his career after arriving from the Buffalo Sabres. Vegas is healthy again and will need to go on a run in its final four games in order for Eichel to make it.

Jack Eichel and the Vegas Golden Knights are pushing to get into the playoffs.

The NHL regular season, for all intents and purposes, ends on April 29, with a Seattle Kraken-Winnipeg Jets makeup game on May 1 basically meaningless.

Here is some of what is still up in the air:

Who could get the West’s final spots?

The Los Angeles Kings (92 points) hold the third spot in Pacific and still have a chance to claim second place and home-ice advantage in the first round. Though they haven’t played as well with defenseman Drew Doughty shut down for the season, they have won their last two games. In addition to Vegas, the Kings are being pursued by the longshot Vancouver Canucks (87), who are on an eight-game point streak and have five games left. The Kings have four games left against teams currently out of the playoff picture, but their season finale is against Vancouver.

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