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NHL schedule 2015: Bruins fight to claim playoff spot in Washington

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Boston needs a win to hold off the hard-charging Senators.

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After a full evening of playoff race intrigue, Wednesday's NHL affairs will offer only one matchup worthy of the same attention.

The Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals on Wednesday still in search of a playoff spot. Boston owns the Eastern Conference's second and final wild card seed, but the Ottawa Senators match them with 95 points apiece. The only thing separating the two is the Bruins' game in hand, and it doesn't look like the Senators are slowing down whatsoever. Boston's grasp on the playoffs is loose at best, and the Capitals will look to pounce on that.

Meanwhile, the other nationally televised game features two squads with very little left to play for. The Anaheim Ducks were the first Western Conference team to lock up a playoff spot, and merely have to continue winning to retain their lead atop the conference. The Dallas Stars will visit them on Wednesday just a couple of days after being eliminated from postseason contention. They should be motivated, however: a loss in Anaheim means the Ducks will sweep the season series against their bitter ex-rivals.

A full list of Sunday's games is below. All times are Eastern.

Matchup Time Visitor TV Home TV National TV
Toronto at Columbus 7:30 p.m. SN FS Ohio
Boston at Washington 8 p.m.

Dallas at Anaheim 10:30 p.m.