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Where they stand: Eastern Conference update

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 10:12 PM / Drive to the Playoffs
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Where they stand: Eastern Conference update
With one game remaining, only one of the four Eastern Conference matchups is finalized. The other three Eastern Conference matchups hinge on the outcome of the Boston-Ottawa game.

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

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres