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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62