Several people asked me what I thought the best result of Sunday's Rangers/Penguins game might be for the Isles. A Penguins OT win was probably at the bottom of the list, but that's what happened. Isles now trail Pittsburgh by 3 and the Rangers by 6, although the Isles hold two games in hand on the Rangers and one on the Penguins; they will also meet each team once over the final two weeks of the regular season.
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, Boston, Detroit, the Rangers OR Pittsburgh in order to clinch a playoff berth.
Magic numbers vs. other teams to clinch playoff berth: New Jersey (4), Carolina (5)