The Isles' magic number moved for the first time in a week, thanks to Detroit's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay. The Isles also got help from Columbus, as Cam Atkinson's tying goal at 19:52, the Jackets second in the final 1:04 of the third led to a Jackets shootout win over the Flyers.
The Isles need to finish ahead of eight teams to clinch a playoff berth. Assuming the Isles finish ahead of teams currently in 10th to 16th place, the Isles also need to finish ahead of Philadelphia, Detroit, the Rangers OR Pittsburgh in order to clinch a playoff berth.
Magic numbers vs. other teams to clinch playoff berth: New Jersey (11),Carolina (10), Ottawa (8), Montreal (6), Buffalo (2), Columbus (1*).