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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

I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season