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Saturday's Scenarios: Division titles still up for grabs

Saturday, 04.07.2012 / 1:52 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Saturday's Scenarios: Division titles still up for grabs
Saturday's Scenarios: Division titles still up for grabs

Presidents' Trophy

- The NY Rangers would capture the Presidents' Trophy if they defeat Washington in any fashion OR if they get one point against Washington AND Vancouver loses to Edmonton in any fashion OR if Vancouver loses to Edmonton in regulation.

- Vancouver would capture the Presidents' Trophy if it defeats Edmonton AND the NY Rangers lose to Washington in any fashion OR if it gets one point against Edmonton AND the NY Rangers lose to Washington in regulation.

Eastern Conference

- No. 3 Florida would clinch the Southeast Division if it gets at least one point against Carolina OR if Washington loses to the NY Rangers in any fashion. If Florida does NOT win the division, it would be the No. 8 seed.

- No. 8 Washington would clinch the Southeast Division if it wins in any fashion AND Florida loses in regulation. If the Capitals do not win the division, they would be the No. 8 seed UNLESS they win (in any fashion) and Ottawa loses to New Jersey in regulation, in which case Washington would be the No. 7 seed and the Senators would drop to No. 8.

- No. 7 Ottawa would clinch the seventh seed UNLESS it loses in regulation AND Washington wins (in any fashion) AND Florida gets at least one point, in which case the Senators would be the No. 8 seed.

Western Conference

- No. 1 Vancouver would clinch the No. 1 conference seed if it gets at least one point against Edmonton OR if St. Louis loses to Dallas in any fashion.

- No. 2 St. Louis would clinch the No. 1 conference seed if it defeats Dallas in any fashion AND Vancouver loses to Edmonton in regulation.

- No. 4 Nashville would clinch the fourth seed if it gets at least one point against Colorado OR if Detroit loses to Chicago in any fashion. If not, the Predators would be the No. 5 seed.

- No. 5 Detroit would clinch the fourth seed if it wins in any fashion AND Nashville loses in regulation.

- No. 6 Chicago would be the fifth seed if it wins in regulation (which would drop the Red Wings to No. 6). Otherwise, Chicago will be the No. 6 seed.

- No. 3 Phoenix would clinch the Pacific Division and No. 3 conference seed if it defeats Minnesota in any fashion.

- If Phoenix gets one point against Minnesota, here are the possible orders of finish based on the outcomes of the Los Angeles-San Jose game:

Final Conference Seed (if PHX gets 1 pt)

- LA-SJ Outcomes 3rd 7th 8th

- LA regulation/OT win LA PHX SJ

- LA shootout win PHX LA SJ

- SJ win in any fashion PHX SJ LA

*If Phoenix loses to Minnesota in regulation, it would finish as the No. 7 seed. The winner of the Los Angeles-San Jose game would earn the No. 3 seed and the loser would be the No. 8 seed.

Presidents' Trophy Note

The last time the Presidents' Trophy was up for grabs going into the final day of the NHL season was 1990-91 (CHI 104, STL 103). Chicago and St. Louis both won on the last day, so the Blackhawks finished No. 1.

Three-Way Race For Pacific

The last time three teams in one division had a chance to finish first going into the final day of the NHL season was the Atlantic Division in 2005-06 (NYR 100, NJ 99, PHI 99). Finished NJ 101, PHI 101, NYR 100.

Multiple Division Titles Up For Grabs

The last time first place was up for grabs in two divisions going into the final day of the NHL season was in 2003-04, in the Northeast (TOR 103, BOS 102) and Atlantic (NJ 100, PHI 100). Idle Toronto had already played its last game. Boston won at New Jersey and Philadelphia tied the Islanders, so the Bruins and Flyers finished first.

Quote of the Day

I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

— Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on general manager Bob Murray's decision to sign Dany Heatley