We know three things to be true after the Boston Bruins 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers:
1) Detroit’s playoff making streak continues for a 25th season. They have locked up the final spot in the Atlantic Division owning the tiebreaker ROW at 39 to the the Bruins 38. The Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning will meet up in the first round.
2) The Bruins are on life support. Everyone in Boston just vomited in their mouths a little realizing they have to root for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.
3) The Flyers can destroy any hope of the Bruins by beating the Penguins and clinching the final Wild Card spot.
Philadelphia’s road to the playoffs was made easier by the announcement earlier Saturday that the Penguins would be sitting Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby for the game.
Should the Flyers manage to get one point against the Penguins, or lose in regulation, it will all come down to their makeup game against the New York Islanders on Sunday. They would need at least one point in that game to secure the final Wild Card spot, and put the Bruins out of their misery.
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