Lightning, Bruins, Avalanche, Flyers Eye Clinching Series

The Lightning, Bruins, Avalanche and Flyers are one win away from advancing in the NHL playoffs and feel a sense of urgency to finish the task as soon as possible.

The teams are up 3-1 in their respective first-round series and have up to three opportunities to close out best-of-seven matchups against lower-seeded opponents.

Tampa Bay can close out the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston can oust the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado can eliminate the Arizona Coyotes and Flyers will try to advance against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

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