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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


Notes:

  • 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
Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp