How the Bruins’ loss impacted the playoffs and the Atlantic Division race

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It turned out that even if the Bruins had beaten the Capitals on Monday, the Rangers’ victory over the Senators at Madison Square Garden, which ended shortly after, would have ended Boston’s chances of winning the American Trophy. Presidents or to land the number 1. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

So that leaves the Atlantic Division as the only remaining prize on the regular season picture for the Bruins. Boston has 109 points (47-19-15) while Florida has 108 (51-24-6). The Bruins close out their regular season at home against Ottawa on Tuesday, while Florida hosts Toronto.

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The Bruins can still win the Atlantic in the following ways:

  • Boston beats Ottawa at TD Garden on Tuesday
  • Florida loses to Toronto in regulation
  • Boston and Florida both lost their games in overtime.

The winner of the Atlantic Division will face Tampa Bay in the first round, while the runner-up will face Toronto. The Bruins are almost certain to play Saturday regardless of where they finish, with the Celtics opening their playoff series Sunday at TD Garden.

There are games Wednesday and Thursday, but Boston will be done and its playoff situation will be decided.

Beating Boston allowed Washington to maintain control of its own destiny. They are currently the second wild card. If they beat the Flyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday, they will clinch this spot.

Atlantic Division




Remaining games:

Bruins: Tuesday against Ottawa

Florida: Tuesday against Toronto

If the NHL playoffs started today:


M1) New York Rangers vs. WC2) Washington

A1) Boston vs. WC1) Tampa Bay

A2) Florida vs. A3) Toronto

M2) Carolina vs. M3) New York Islanders


C1) Dallas vs. WC2) Vegas

P1) Vancouver vs. WC2) Nashville

C2) Winnipeg vs. C3) Colorado

P2) Edmonton vs. P3) Los Angeles

NHL Tiebreaker


If two or more clubs are tied on points during the regular season, the club rankings are determined in the following order:

1. Fewer games played (i.e., higher points percentage).

2. Most games won, excluding games won in overtime or by shootout (i.e. “regulation wins”). This figure is reflected in the RW column.

3. Most games won, excluding games won by Shootout. This figure is reflected in the ROW column.

4. The greatest number of games won by the Club in any way (i.e. “Total Wins”). This figure is reflected in column W.

5. The greatest number of points won in matches between two or more tied clubs.

  • For the purposes of determining the ranking of two or more clubs which have not played an even number of matches with one or more of the other tied clubs, the first match played in the city which includes the additional match (the “odd match”) ) will not be included.
  • When more than two clubs are tied, the percentage of available points earned in matches between them (not including “odd matches”) will be used to determine the ranking.

6. Largest gap between goals for and against (including goals scored in overtime or awarded for winning a shootout) for the entire regular season. This figure is reflected in the DIFF column.

7. Most goals scored (including goals scored in overtime or awarded for winning a shootout) for the entire regular season. This figure is reflected in column GF

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