Pavelski shines, but West picture still cloudy 

April, 21, 2010

On Tuesday night, our last five-game night of the 2009-10 season, the playoff picture got pretty clear in the East, while our view in the West remains cloudy. Perhaps its the volcanic ash. Basically, I can see a Pens-Caps Eastern Conference final showdown somewhere in our future. My Magic 8-Ball isn't quite so forthcoming when I ask about the West, where some unexpected things are happening.

With that mind, here's a peek back at Tuesday's action and look ahead at Wednesday night's three-game slate.

Tuesday's three stars

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.