The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers are outside the Western Conference playoff picture, but both have a chance to end postseason droughts.
More solid goaltending would help.
Columbus has a chance to set a team record for points in a month Thursday night when the Oilers open a three-game homestand.
The Blue Jackets (13-13-7) have made the postseason once since entering the NHL in 2000, and they were swept in that 2009 first-round series by Detroit. Columbus, though, is closing on the top eight in the West with points in 13 of 14 games. The club has matched the most points in a month in franchise history with 20, which was last accomplished in March 2009.
The Blue Jackets' struggles on the offensive end continue - their 2.15 goals per game in March is the same as their league-worst average - so much of their recent success can be credited to Sergei Bobrovsky.
The first-year Blue Jacket is 8-1-3 with a 1.23 goals-against average this month. All three of his career shutout...