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Playoff update: Rangers remain rugged on the road

Mar 30, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

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Let’s take a look at how Sunday’s game changed the playoff picture, starting with the East because the West didn’t really see any significant impacts.

East outlook

  • The two top teams won games on Sunday. The Boston Bruins edged the Philadelphia Flyers in an exciting game that ended in a shootout while the Pittsburgh Penguins made life miserable for the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • The New York Rangers tied a franchise record with their 24th road win by pummeling the Edmonton Oilers 5-0. About the only dim news is that Martin St. Louis‘ surprising goal drought continued.
  • The Detroit Red Wings managed a big win against the Tampa Bay Lightning (who may be primed to be the lower seed against the Montreal Canadiens in a first-round series).
  • Much like the aforementioned Flyers, the Washington Capitals only managed a “charity point” in their shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
  • The Ottawa Senators crushed the Calgary Flames, although it’s almost certainly too late to matter.

Here’s a look at the standings via NBC Sports:

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West stays the same, more or less

  • Really, the most relevant West teams (as far as the spots/positions that are still in play) were idle on Sunday.
  • The Blackhawks lost to the Penguins, as mentioned, which really just increases their chances of losing home-ice advantage against the Colorado Avalanche.
  • You can basically replace the Ottawa Senators with the Nashville Predators to capture their situation (although the Preds are probably an even bigger long shot).
  • The bad/lowly ranked teams lost fairly convincingly on Sunday.

Take a look for yourself:

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  1. trbowman - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Capitals fans are getting spared an embarrassment at the hands of Boston or Pittsburgh in the first round.

    The Caps are just an easy team to play against. I’d even rather watch Ottawa or New Jersey in a playoff series.

    . When you’re getting the bulk of your 5v5 goals from a line featuring Joel Ward, Eric Fehr and Chimera it speaks volumes to where your team is at.

  2. stunzeed5 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    As a Caps fan, I’ve got to agree with trbowman above. I still want them in though as it’s a whole new season in the playoffs!

  3. joey4id - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Now is not the time for 8 to take a break. C’mon! Vamos Ovi.

  4. muttbolts91 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    A little early to say who is primed for the lower seed in the east. TB and MTL play on Tuesday and the bolts have a game in hand.

  5. letsgocaps88 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    caps gotta switch the lines up, If your playing desperate hockey.

    Kuznetsov-Backstrom- Ovechkin
    Penner – Grabovski – Brouwer

    3rd line for the capitals 5v5 has been the best so i wouldn’t touch that

    and i won’t comment on defense. We all know that story

  6. rushledger - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Although I don’t like the whole wildcard garbage and the fact the conferences are unbalanced now, the best thing that happened in realignment is the death of the southeast division, 4 bad teams and one mediocre team that won the Division without really trying in Washington.

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