The Eastern Conference playoff field is locked in, full, "seat taken," or whatever phrase you want to use to describe it.
The only question remaining: Who is going to dance with whom? Or, more importantly, are the Canadiens going to get their dream matchup against the Capitals or will they play the Bruins, who they are 0-5-1 against this season?
If the standings hold, the Capitals will face the New York Rangers, although we won't know for sure until Sunday night because the Rangers play the Flyers Sunday at 5 p.m.
Here are the scenarios:
If the Rangers win and the Canadiens win, the Capitals play the Rangers as the result of a tie-breaker. In order for the Canadiens to leap-frog the Rangers, they need any one of these scenarios to play out: a win and a Rangers loss, an OTL and a Rangers loss, or a win and Rangers OTL.
Alright, let's break down each team and then put it to a vote.
Last Year's Playoffs: Eliminated the Boston Bruins in ECQF, Eliminated by Philadelphia Flyers in ECSF.
Previous Playoff Meetings with Capitals: None
Key Players: Alex Kovalev, Carey Price, Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay
Key Injuries: Andrei Markov (knee, DTD), Robert Lang (torn achilles tendon, IR), Francis Bouillion (groin, IR), Matheui Schnieder (Shoulder, DTD)
Season Series: Caps win 3-1-0
New York Rangers
Last Year's Playoffs: Eliminated New Jersey Devils in ECQF, Eliminated by Pittsburgh Penguins in ECSF.
Previous Playoff Meetings with Capitals: 2-2, (won in 86, lost in 90, lost in 91, won in 94)
Key Players: Henrik Lundqvist, Nik Antropov, Scott Gomez, Sean Avery
Key Injuries: No reported injuries
Season Series: Caps win 3-0-1
Alright, have at it.