The Isles' magic number dropped for the second straight day, as they defeated Ottawa 3-1.
The Isles need to finish ahead of eight teams to clinch a playoff berth. Assuming the Isles finish ahead of teams currently in 10th to 16th place, the Isles also need to finish ahead of Philadelphia, Detroit, the Rangers OR Pittsburgh in order to clinch a playoff berth.
Magic numbers vs. other teams to clinch playoff berth: New Jersey (9), Carolina (8), Ottawa (3*), Montreal (4).
- 13, if Detroit loses in regulation
- 14, if Detroit loses in overtime or a shootout