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Eastern Conference Playoff Spoilers

Mar 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

So you’re a fan of the Bruins, Rangers, Thrashers, Canadiens or Flyers in the Eastern Conference and you’ve chewed off your fingernails in preparation for the final two weeks of the season. First off, that’s gross so knock it off.  Secondly, your team has given you heart palpitations all season long and now it’s flat-line time.  Five teams, three playoff spots and not enough beer to help you get through it all.

Fear not because now you get to figure out which teams are going to try and make your off-season start sooner rather than later, worse yet, some of them are already out of the playoffs.  It’s time to know your spoilers.  Here’s the remaining schedules for those teetering on the edge of oblivion. Games remaining in parenthesis, home games in bold.

Atlanta Thrashers (5): WSH, PIT, NJ, WSH, PIT

Boston Bruins (6):  FLA, TOR, WSH, BUF, CAR, WSH

Montreal Canadiens (5): PHI, BUF, NYI, CAR, TOR

New York Rangers (6):  TB, FLA,  BUF, TOR, PHI, PHI

Philadelphia Flyers (6):  NYI, MON, DET, TOR, NYR, NYR

If you’re a Thrashers fan, perhaps the best thing to do is just pass along our condolences and wish you the best of luck at the draft.  The Bruins also get a handful of the Capitals to wind down the season which can’t bode well for fans in Boston.  The Flyers also have their work cut out for themselves but they’ve got a big hand in their own fate with one game remaining against the Habs and two to close out the season with the Rangers.  The Rangers schedule sets up well to tease the Blueshirts faithful in the worst kind of way with seemingly easy games left with Tampa, Florida and Toronto.

If you’re looking for teams to ruin a lot of postseason plans, take a look at both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.  The Hurricanes can help decide the race between Montreal and Boston and took a step towards that by beating the Canadiens 2-1 tonight.

Meanwhile the Maple Leafs can help throw a wrench into the works of Bruins, Rangers, Flyers and Canadiens.  How stressful would the final game of the regular season be for Montreal if they have to beat the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre?  Do numbers go higher than infinity?

  1. Goon - Mar 31, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Go Bruins, I think they will be the 8th place team.

  2. bruinsfaithful - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    it’s going to be a very interesting final few games, not one team is a sure in but the bruins as of right now have the upper hand holding on to the 8th and final spot.

  3. BroadwayBob - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    It will be tough for the Thrashers or Rangers to make it, but the Rangers schedule sets up for another 8 possible points as of todays date. I like their chances.

  4. Rockin Robin - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    I’ve been a Rangers Fan since the mid-60’s, and the only thing I can say is I truly hope they miss the post-season; this would be the slap in the face the Dolans and their pet bull, Glen Sather, need. Desperate for cash, they postponed the MSG renovations, alienated a lot of us by letting Brooke Betts go and bringing in that wit, raconteur and all-around Goon Donald Brashear (gee, that one worked out weell, didn’t it?) Wanna see a Penguin or Devil sweep? Look for the Blueshirts to make it to 8th.

  5. RockinRobin - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Sorry for the typo, That’s of course BLAIR Betts (and isn’t he having a good season…wish he were here).

  6. RockinRobin - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Sorry for the typo, that’s BLAIR Betts of course. And isn’t he having a fine season (wish he were here).

  7. StakeX - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Imagine if the home and home for the Rangers Flyers is for the final playoff spot… thoes would be some really wild games. Should be very intresting, and while Id love to see the Rangers make the playoffs… its probably betteri n the long run if they miss and Sather gets fired.

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