Canucks clinch President's Trophy

NEWARK, N.J. – As the days remaining in the NHL season dwindle down, so too are the number of spots the Flyers can finish in the standings. On Thursday night, with a 3-1 win over visiting Los Angeles, Vancouver clinched the President’s Trophy for best record league-wide.

The Canucks are 11 points up on the Flyers heading into Friday night’s action.

Nabbing the President’s Trophy, something no Flyers team has ever done, is something that coach Peter Laviolette had mentioned as a goal as soon as two weeks ago. That’s out the window, now.

The Flyers’ magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East remains at 8 points either won by the Flyers or lost by Washington. The Flyers still have one game in-hand over the Capitals.

For the second night in a row, the Flyers can knock an opponent, New Jersey, out of the playoff race. They would have eliminated Atlanta with a win on Thursday night. Toronto, somehow, is clinging to their playoff lives and it looks like Carolina may be in the race until the final day of the regular season.

The Rangers, after losing back-to-back games against Buffalo and the Islanders, have seen their playoff probability plummet nearly 17 percent in the last two days.

The Flyers, meanwhile, can finish no lower than 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

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