Tracking the Storm

Remaining Scenarios Explained

Friday, 04.10.2009 / 9:39 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Remaining Scenarios Explained
With Florida and Buffalo eliminated last night, all eight playoffs spots in the Eastern Conference are now wrapped up. There’s still some work to do as far as which of those eight will finish where, however.

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We now know that the New York Rangers and Montreal will finish seventh and eighth (in an order yet to be determined) and that the Canes can drop no lower than sixth. Carolina is currently in a three-way tie with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with 97 points, holding the total wins tiebreaker with the Penguins but not the games-in-hand tiebreaker with Philadelphia, thus their current position in fifth.

Philadelphia also lost last night, meaning that home ice advantage in Carolina is still a possibility. The Canes would need to win at New Jersey tomorrow and hope the Flyers lose at least one of their remaining two games (or drop two points) against the Islanders (tomorrow) and Rangers (Sunday). In the event of a tie, the Canes have clinched the total wins tiebreaker.

Even if they lose tomorrow, Carolina could also back in to playing their first two games at the RBC Center in the event that Philadelphia loses both of their games and Pittsburgh comes away pointless from their final game at Montreal tomorrow.

Match-up wise, Carolina has assured itself of playing either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in a 4/5 series or New Jersey in a 3/6 series if Pittsburgh were to leapfrog the Canes on Saturday. That could make tomorrow’s game against the Devils essentially Game 0 of yet another first-round meeting between the two clubs.

Wasn’t this supposed to get easier once the Hurricanes clinched a playoff spot?

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72