That doesn't mean the two Eastern conference games don't provide opportunities for rooting interest. The question is, for whom?
One game is easy as the Penguins look to rebound against the Rangers. The Isles are not going to catch Pittsburgh and they lead the 8th palce Rangers by a single point.
The other game features Buffalo at Ottawa. The Sabres are six points behind the Isles, and the Sens are four points ahead. A Buffalo regulation win would drop Ottawa into sixth place but would move the Sabres within four of the Isles. An Ottawa win would push them six points ahead of the Isles. So, who should you be rooting for? Logic says Buffalo because it keeps the Sens, losers of two straight, within shouting distance. But that also means that there is one more team pressuring from behind. If Buffalo gets a point, they'll move ahead of Tampa Bay and Carolina, leaving three Southeast teams from 13th to 15th.
(BTW, this will be good practice for deciding whether to chant "Go Leafs Go" over the next 10 days as Toronto has two games with the Rangers and two games with the Devils.)