BostonBruins.com – With the final week of the NHL regular season comes plenty of excitement and drama. And the Bruins find themselves right in the thick of it all.
The Bruins are fighting with Detroit and Philadelphia for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s try to break it all down.
Eastern Conference Standings (as of 9 a.m. on April 9)
GP PTS Regulation/Overtime Wins
7. Detroit 81 93 39
8. Boston 81 93 38
9. Philadelphia 80 92 36
The Bruins do not control their own destiny. Below are the scenarios in which the B's can qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
- If the Bruins defeat Ottawa Saturday, they could earn the final Atlantic Division spot with a Detroit loss in either regulation or overtime/shootout. They could also earn the second wild card spot if Philadelphia loses one of their final two games in regulation or overtime/shootout.
- If the Bruins defeat Ottawa in regulation Saturday and Detroit beats the Rangers in a shootout, the two teams would be tied with 95 points and 39 regulation/overtime wins each. However, the Bruins would own the next tiebreaker (season series, 3-1) and would earn the final Atlantic Division playoff spot.
- If the Bruins lose in regulation against Ottawa Saturday, they could only qualify for the postseason through the final wild card spot, and would need Philadelphia to lose both of their final two games (including at least one in regulation).
- If the Bruins lose in overtime or a shootout, they could earn the final Atlantic Division spot if the Red Wings also lose in regulation to the Rangers. They could also qualify through the second wild card spot if Philadelphia loses one of their final two games in regulation or loses both of their final two games in overtime/shootout.
If the Bruins defeat the Senators on Saturday, and either Philadelphia or Detroit loses, the Bruins will qualify for the postseason.
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins: Saturday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers: Saturday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers: Saturday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders: Sunday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.