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Stanley Cup Final

Where they stand: Eastern Conference update

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 10:12 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

With one game remaining (Ottawa at Boston on Sunday night), only one of the four Eastern Conference matchups is finalized (#3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers). The other three Eastern Conference matchups hinge on the outcome of the Boston-Ottawa game.

Series 'A' - #1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 TBD

Series 'B' - #2 TBD vs. #7 TBD

Series 'C' - #3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

Series 'D' - #4 TBD vs. #5 Toronto

Team Current Possible Finish

Pittsburgh 1st 1st (locked)

Montreal 2nd 2nd or 4th

Washington 3rd 3rd (locked)

Boston 4th 2nd or 4th

Toronto 5th 5th (locked)

NY Rangers 6th 6th (locked)

NY Islanders 7th 7th or 8th

Ottawa 8th 7th or 8th

SCENARIOS

If Boston wins in regulation:

Series 'A' - #1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 Ottawa

Series 'B' - #2 Boston vs. #7 NY Islanders

Series 'C' - #3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

Series 'D' - #4 Montreal vs. #5 Toronto

If Boston wins in overtime or shootout:

Series 'A' - #1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 NY Islanders

Series 'B' - #2 Boston vs. #7 Ottawa

Series 'C' - #3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

Series 'D' - #4 Montreal vs. #5 Toronto

If Ottawa wins in any fashion:

Series 'A' - #1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 NY Islanders

Series 'B' - #2 Montreal vs. #7 Ottawa

Series 'C' - #3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

Series 'D' - #4 Boston vs. #5 Toronto

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery