The Los Angeles Kings became the first eighth seed to win the Stanley Cup last year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently eighth in the Western Conference, and are hoping to pad their slight lead in their quest for the Cup.
The Blue Jackets try to match the longest winning streak in franchise history Thursday night when they visit the Kings.
Los Angeles (24-14-5) is tied with San Jose for fourth in the conference while holding the tiebreaker for home-ice advantage for a first-round playoff series. Both teams are a relatively comfy, sitting six points clear of the postseason cutoff with five games to play.
Columbus (21-16-7), which has four games left, isn't nearly as comfortable in eighth place, two points ahead of Detroit and four in front of Dallas. However, the Red Wings have a game in-hand while the Stars have two as they host Vancouver.
The Blue Jackets also trail seventh-place St. Louis by one point and sixth-place Minnesota by two.
Columbus is looking to improve its ...