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Who can finish where: Eastern Conference

Saturday, 04.10.2010 / 10:18 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Who can finish where: Eastern Conference
Taking a look at where Eastern Conference playoff-bound teams can end up when the regular season ends.
A look at where Eastern Conference teams could end up in the standings with one day of play left:

1. Washington (locked)
2. New Jersey or Buffalo
3. New Jersey or Buffalo
4. Pittsburgh (locked)
5. Ottawa (locked)
6. Boston (locked)
7. Montreal or Philadelphia
8. Montreal or NY Rangers


  • Both Rangers and Flyers can't advance to playoffs as a result of tomorrow's showdown. Winner goes to the playoffs, loser goes home
  • Flyers can't finish eighth - if they win tomorrow, they get 7th. If they lose, they get 9th
  • Canadiens earning a point means Rangers' best possible finish is eighth. A NYR win would put them equal with Canadiens in points and wins but Canadiens won season series (3-1-0 vs. 1-2-1)
  • Bruins clinched 6th seed with their win combined with Canadiens loss
  • Devils clinched Atlantic Division by beating Islanders combined with Penguins losing in regulation at Atlanta
  • Sabres need to win in regulation at New Jersey tomorrow to pass Devils into 2nd
  • Penguins vs. Senators is first confirmed playoff matchup
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— Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, who on Wednesday became the ninth Russian-born player, and ninth Red Wings player, to score 300 NHL goals
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