4/1/09: Recap and tomorrow's games that matter

Notes about tonight's games and tomorrow's preview as it relates to the playoffs.

Tonight's games (involving Eastern Conference teams):

1) Caps 5 - NYI 3: Caps sitting in the #2 seed comfortably (see next game) with 101 points and 5 games to play.  NJD is second with 98 points and 5 games to play.  5 games to play, the Caps' magic number to clinch the 2 seed is 8 points (over NJD); Caps' MN for the division is 1 (Carolina).

2) Pens 6 - NJD 1: Loss by NJD gives the Caps a bit of breathing room for the #2 seed.  The Pens/Flyers/Canes are all logged together with 92/92/91 points.  NJD's MN for the division (ignoring tiebreakers) is 7 (Philly).

3) Leafs 3 - Flyers 2: Flyers still have a game in hand on both Pitt and Carolina. and thus control the #4 seat.  Flyers' MN for the 4 seed is 12 (Pittsburgh).

4) Thrashers 3 - Sabres 2 (OT): Has no real effect on the playoffs.  Sabres are 5 points out.  Tragic number is 7 (Canadiens).


Tomorrow's games (involving Eastern Conference teams):

1) NY Rangers @ Canes: This is obviously the big one.  Any type of loss gives the Caps the 3 seed.  Also of note, the Rangers are 1 point up on the Canadiens (MTL has 1 game in hand).  If the Rangers win, they're 3 up.  A loss puts MTL in the driver's seat.  Loser falls to the 7 seed (Rangers currently hold the tiebreak, would lose it with a loss).

2) Canadiens @ NYI: Win by the Canadiens plus a loss by the Rangers puts the Canadiens in the 7 seed.  As it is, they are in the drivers seat over the Rangers due to their game in hand.

3) Senators @ Bruins: Caps are 7 points back and the Bruins have a game in hand.  Conference pretty much belongs to the Bruins.  Senators are eliminated by a loss or a single point earned by Montreal.


I hope I didn't miss anything.  You can also see the updated Playoff Tracker here.  Feel free to comment on anything I messed up above.

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