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Pens' First Round playoff scenarios

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens locked up their 13th-consecutive postseason appearance with a 4-1 victory on Thursday against Detroit. But there is still a lot on the line in Saturday's home finale against the NY Rangers regarding seeding for the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Pittsburgh currently sits in the No. 3 position in the Metro Division. But, depending on how things shake down on Saturday, three possibilities exist on seeding for the Pens in Round One. 

The Pens will find themselves in one of three following scenarios: 

* No. 2 seed in Metro: home-ice in First Round vs. NY Islanders

* No. 3 seed in Metro: begin First Round at NY Islanders

* No. 1 Wild Card seed: begin First Round at Washington

Here are how those scenarios play out:

* If Pens win in any fashion and Islanders lose in regulation: Pittsburgh earns 2nd seed and home-ice advantage vs. NY Islanders in First Round. 

* If Pens win in any fashion and Islanders gain one point in any fashion: Pittsburgh earns 3rd seed and will play at NY Islanders in First Round. 

* If Pens lose in overtime or shootout: Pittsburgh earns 3rd seed and will play at NY Islanders in First Round.

* If Pens lose in regulation and Carolina loses in overtime or shootout: Pittsburgh earns 3rd seed and will play at New York in First Round.

* If Pens lose in regulation and Carolina wins in any fashion: Pittsburgh earns 1st Wild Card seed and will play at Washington in First Round. 

Here are the three games to keep an eye on:

* NY Rangers at Pittsburgh

* NY Islanders at Washington

* Carolina at Philadelphia

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