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Eastern Conference playoff seedings to be decided

Apr 27, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

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We took a quick look at what’s left to be decided in the Western Conference, but things in the East aren’t quite settled either. Yes, the eight teams who will vie for the Stanley Cup are set but who faces who is up in the air.

Buckle up gang, here’s your look at what can still happen regarding seeding in the Eastern Conference playoffs:

Pittsburgh: They’re the Atlantic Division champs and No. 1 seed no matter what. They’ll face either the Islanders, Rangers, or Ottawa in the first round.

Boston: The Bruins have two games left to play (@WSH, vs. OTT) and can clinch the Northeast Division and No. 2 seed by getting three points. A Montreal loss tonight and Boston earning one point in their final two games will also do the trick. Winning the division means facing the Isles, Rangers, or Sens in the first round. Losing it means facing either Toronto or Ottawa in the 4-5 matchup.

Washington: They’re the Southeast Division champions and locked into the three seed. They could face any one of Toronto, Ottawa, Islanders, or Rangers in the first round.

Montreal: The Habs can still win the Northeast Division. A win over Toronto in regulation and Boston earning no more than two points in their final two games does the trick. If they stay in the fourth seed, however, a date with Toronto in the first round is likely. They could also face Ottawa if the Sens win their final two games.

Toronto: A win over Montreal locks them in as the fifth seed and earns them a likely date with the Habs in the first round provided Boston gets at least one point in their final two games. A Toronto loss and Ottawa winning their final two games would bump the Leafs to the six seed and a date with the Capitals in the first round.

NY Islanders: The Isles have no more games to play and are locked in with 55 points. They can finish in sixth, seventh, or eighth yet.  If Ottawa loses out in regulation and the Rangers lose vs. New Jersey, the Isles will finish in sixth and face Washington. A Rangers win of any kind today bumps them down to seventh at least and Ottawa earning two points at all in their final two games on top of that would slide them to eighth.

Ottawa: The Sens have two games left (vs. PHI, @BOS) and can finish anywhere between fifth and eighth. If they win both games and Toronto loses to Montreal, they finish fifth and face Montreal or Boston. Earning two points slots them ahead of the Isles at the least and if the Rangers lose to New Jersey it would guarantee them sixth. Getting three out of four points would also guarantee them sixth. Losing their final two games in regulation would put them in eighth and earn a contentious date with the Penguins. Fire up the drama for that one.

NY Rangers: The best they can do is finish sixth and face Washington if they beat New Jersey today and Ottawa earns two points or fewer. A loss to the Devils in regulation and Ottawa earning a point of any kind in their final two games would seal their fate in eighth. They can land in seventh by finishing tied with Ottawa at their current 54 point standing as the Rangers have one more ROW than the Sens.

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