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Playoff clinching scenarios for April 1, 2012

Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 10:34 AM / News


With just seven days remaining in the season, six playoff berths are still up for grabs. Four division titles, both conference titles and the Presidents' Trophy also are still to be decided.

While the Western Conference gets a day off as far as playoff implications are concerned, the East is rife with seeding possibilities for two of its top teams and the last Canadian team with postseason hopes in the East can punch its ticket with a win today.

Here are Sunday's playoff scenarios:

No. 1 New York Rangers would clinch the Atlantic Division and the No. 1 conference playoff seed if they defeat Boston in any fashion and Pittsburgh loses to Philadelphia in any fashion OR if they get one point against Boston and Pittsburgh loses to Philadelphia in regulation.

No. 2 Boston Bruins would clinch the Northeast Division if they defeat the NY Rangers in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Rangers and Ottawa loses to the NY Islanders in any fashion OR if Ottawa loses to the Islanders in regulation.

No. 7 Ottawa Senators would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the NY Islanders in regulation or overtime.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1