- 3 Washington (SE Leader) 40 games 21-17-2 44 points (18 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Carolina
- 5. Toronto 39 games 22-13-4 48 points (22 ROW) Next game: Wednesday at NY Rangers
- 6 Ottawa 39 games 19-14-6 44 points (15 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Philadelphia
- 7 NY Islanders 40 games 20-16-4 44 points (17 ROW) Next game: Thursday at Boston
- 8 NY Rangers 39 games 19-16-4 42 points (16 ROW) Next game: Wednesday vs. Toronto
- 9 Winnipeg 41 games 20-19-2 42 points (19 ROW) Next game: Thursday vs. Florida
- 10 New Jersey 39 games 15-14-10 40 points (13 ROW) Next game: Wednesday vs. Boston
What are the tie-breakers?
- Fewest games played (That's why Ottawa is 6th and the Isles 7th)
- Most ROW
- Head-to-Head record
- Goal differential for the entire season
What does this mean for Saturday?
Since the Rangers won the February 7th meeting at MSG in regulation, they have five points in the season series to the Isles' three. The Isles need a REGULATION win on Saturday to split this tie-breaker. Obviously the Isles could finish with more regulation/overtime wins to make this tiebreaker moot, but an Isles regulation win could make the fourth tie-breaker necessary (which could in theory come down to the final score of the Ranger-Devil game on April 27th).
Buffalo 38 points in 40 games. Maximum points: 54. Clinch #: 11
Florida 32 points in 39 games. Maximum points: 50. Clinch # 7
- Boston at New Jersey The Devils are 0-3-4 in their last 7 and do not own a win against the current "top 8" since February 21. Boston can move into the division lead with a victory.
- Toronto at Rangers The Rangers own the NHL's easiest remaining schedule. After Saturday's game vs. the Isles, none of their remaining games are against the "top 8"
Philadelphia at Montreal
Ottawa at Boston
New Jersey at Toronto
Florida at Islanders
Toronto at Washington
Carolina at Ottawa
Rangers at Philadelphia
Tampa Bay at Winnipeg
Montreal at Pittsburgh
Buffalo at Boston