The Isles won, but so did Ottawa, the Rangers and Buffalo. All four teams gained ground on the Leafs and on the Caps (who lost to Ottawa, and fell behind the Isles in the overall standings in the process).
- 3 Washington (SE Leader) 44 games 24-18-2 50 points (21 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Montreal
- 5. Toronto 44 games 24-15-5 53 points (24 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Ottawa
- 6 Ottawa 43 games 23-14-6 52 points (19 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Toronto
- 7 NY Islanders 44 games 23-16-5 51 points (20 ROW) Next game: Saturday at Winnipeg
- 8 NY Rangers 43 games 22-17-4 48 points (18 ROW) Next game: Friday at Buffalo
- 9 Winnipeg 44 games 23-19-2 48 points (21 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Islanders
- 10 Buffalo 44 games 18-19-6 44 points (13 ROW) Next game: Friday vs. Rangers
- 11 New Jersey 43 games 16-17-10 42 points (14 ROW) Next game: Saturday vs. Florida
- Fewest games played (that's why the Rangers are 8th and Winnipeg 9th)
- Most ROW
- Head-to-Head record
- Goal differential for the entire season
Why Does the Southeast Leader Matter?
The Isles now have 51 points, one more than Washington and three more than Winnipeg. Both Washington and Winnipeg would need to finish ahead of the Isles for the Isles to miss the playoffs (assuming the Isles earn at least one point in final 4, which will guarantee they finish ahead of both Buffalo and New Jersey).
- Winnipeg 48 points in 44 games. Maximum points: 56. Clinch #: 6
- Buffalo 44 points in 44 games. Maximum points: 52. Clinch #:1*
- New Jersey 42 points in 43 games. Maximum points: 52. Clinch # 1*
- Rangers at Buffalo -- A much bigger game than it appears a few weeks ago as Buffalo, in 14th place on April 4th, has climbed to 10th. Buffalo can move within two points of the Rangers and Jets with a win, while the Rangers can move within one points of the Isles. However, a Sabres regulation loss eliminates them entirely.
Buffalo at Pittsburgh (rescheduled from 4/20)
Boston at Philadelphia
Winnipeg at Washington
Montreal at New Jersey
Islanders at Carolina
Rangers at Florida
Toronto at Tampa Bay