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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 7

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 10:32 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 7
Clinching scenarios: New York Rangers (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the New Jersey Devils lose to the Calgary Flames in any fashion.

The New York Rangers are the only NHL team that can secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday. Here is the scenario:

NEW YORK RANGERS

The Rangers (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the New Jersey Devils lose to the Calgary Flames in any fashion.

As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season, however, the format is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards.

IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY ...

The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season record and regardless of division. It is possible for one division in each conference to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.

In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals.

Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the team that placed higher in the regular-season standings. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team that had the better regular-season record -- regardless of the teams' final standing in their respective divisions.

Quote of the Day

Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season