"It's definitely more fun to be in a position that you're in the playoffs," Filppula said. "At the same time, if you make the playoffs now, you're going to be more prepared. You've played a lot of those kinds of games already when you're not in a must-win but wins are really important. It keeps us focused and in the long run, if we make the playoffs, it's going to help us out."
"A lot of our season has gone that way, play one good game and one that we're not in the game," Filppula said. "They've been on fire all season. It's good to know that we have a chance against anybody."