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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
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It was the look in his eyes. Hockey is the most important thing in his life. He wants to be a hockey player, and nothing's going to stop him from being a hockey player.

— Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on forward Alex Galchenyuk's potential