With the Rangers victory this afternoon and Ottawa's loss tonight, the Rangers will face Washington in the opening round of the playoffs. The Rangers will finish in 2nd place in the Atlantic and 6th in the East. The Isles will finish 3rd in the Atlantic and either 7th or 8th in the East.
Ottawa has one game remaining -- the Marathon make-up in Boston tomorrow. If the Bruins win in regulation, the Isles will face Boston; otherwise, the Islanders will finish 8th and face Pittsburgh.
Given that Consol is booked for Tuesday night, a series in Pittsburgh would likely open on Wednesday. There are no similar issues in Boston (except for a potential Celtics game 6 on Friday).
Ironically, the standings below show the Islanders currently matched up with Montreal. However, there is no way that the teams can face each other in the first round as either Boston will move up or Ottawa will.
- 1 Pittsburgh (Atlantic Champion) 48 games 36-12-0 72 points (33 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 2 Montreal (NorthEast Leader) 48 games 29-14-5 63 points (26 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 3 Washington (SouthEast Champion) 48 games 27-18-3 57 points (24 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 4 Boston 47 games 28-13-6 62 points (24 ROW) Final game: Sunday vs. Ottawa
- 5.Toronto 48 games 26-17-5 57 points (26 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 6 NY Rangers 48 games 26-18-4 56 points (22 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 7 NY Islanders 48 games 24-17-7 55 points (20 ROW) Regular Season is Over
- 8 Ottawa 47 games 24-17-6 54 points (20 ROW) Final game: Sunday at Boston
Playoff match-ups (if Boston wins tomorrow in regulation)
Playoff match-ups (if Boston wins tomorrow in overtime or shootout)
Playoff match-ups (if Ottawa wins tomorrow in regulation, overtime or shootout)
What are the tie-breakers?
- Fewest games played
- Most ROW
- Head-to-Head record
- Goal differential for the entire season
Ottawa at Boston - Three of the four Eastern Conference playoff match-ups will be determined by this game, which is the final one in the NHL this regular season.