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What's at stake: Final day of NHL season

Apr 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Here’s a rundown of all the storylines for today, as prepare for what
should be an incredible day of hockey. Some of the playoff implications
are a bit confusing, especially in the middle of the Western Conference.

The
biggest story of the day, besides the Ranger and Flyers duking it out
for a playoff spot, is the race for the Rocket Richard with Ovechkin,
Stamkos and Crosby all playing today.

Western Conference:

1.
San Jose or Chicago
2. San Jose or Chicago
3. Vancouver Canucks
4. Phoenix Coyotes
5. Detroit, LA Kings or Nashville
6. Detroit, LA Kings or Nashville
7. Detroit, LA Kings or Nashville
8. Colorado Avalanche

- With win against Detroit, Chicago would
lock down #1 seed.

- Detroit wins, assured 5th spot.
– Detroit loses, combined with LA win and Detroit drops to #7 and Kings
jump to #5
– Detroit loses in OT or SO, combined with LA win, Detroit drops to #6
and Kings jump to #5
– Detroit loses in regulation, combined with LA loss in OT or SO -
Nashville #5, LA #6, Detroit #7
-Detroit and LA lose in regulation – Nashville to #5, Detroit to #6

Confused
yet?

Eastern Conference after the jump:

1. Washington
2. New Jersey or Buffalo
3. New Jersey or Buffalo
4. Pittsburgh
5. Ottawa
6. Boston
7. Montreal or Philadelphia
8. Montreal or Boston

- The Sabres and the Devils are playing each
other this evening for the number two seed in the conference. Buffalo
needs to beat New Jersey in regulation; one point by NJ and they
automatically win the #2 seed due to tiebreakers.

- Either New York
or Philadelphia will make the playoffs; both can’t make it. If
Philadelphia wins, Montreal drops to #8 and takes on the Capitals in the
first round.

- Habs fans are now big NY Rangers fans.

  1. brian - Apr 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    You forgot about the Rangers, who are still alive.

  2. jared - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    boston is 6 no matter what, montreal is 7 no matter what….philly/rangers play for 8th today

  3. nick - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    if philly wins they are the 7 seed

  4. joe - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    better check your sources. If philly wins, they are number 7 by virtue of more wins than montreal

  5. Dave - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    If Philadelphia wins they are the 7 seed because they are assured to have 2 more wins than Montreal.
    If the Rangers win, they are the 8 seed because after tying the Habs in wins, they lost the season series to the Canadiens.
    Boston is assured the 8 seed.

  6. Dave - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Correction, Boston is the 6 seed.
    Oops im as bad as the guy who wrote this!

  7. Steve - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    “Either Boston or Philadelphia will make the playoffs” Should read :
    “Either the Rangers or Philadelphia will make the playoffs
    Brian is right, it is still possible for the Rangers to make it if they beat Philadelphia…

  8. Ted - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    no boston has the 6 seed locked

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