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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?

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81