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Nothing's decided....yet

New York Rangers defenseman Brian McCabe reacts after

New York Rangers defenseman Brian McCabe reacts after his slapshot found the net for a power-play goal with one-tenth of a second remaining in the first period. (April 3, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

And won't be even if the Rangers beat the Bruins tonight. Carolina is idle, so two points from the Rangers would reduce the magic number to three. They would temporarily move into seventh with 91 points; Buffalo doesn't play until tomorrow.

Detroit visits Carolina on Wednesday. The Rangers host the Thrashers Thursday with the possibility of clinching a playoff spot.

But this could all come down to Saturday, at least for seeding, when the Canes and Sabres play the second games of back-to-backs to end the regular season.

Montreal, in 6th with 91, can stick there if they win out. But I dobut they can win out. They face a hungry Hawks team at home on Tuesday and are on the road in Ottawa and Toronto to close. Habs are 19-19-1 on the road.

The most points the Rangers can compile is 95; Buffalo, 96, Carolina 93.

Sabres host Tampa and Philly and finish in Columbus. Canes go to Atlanta and host Tampa in the finale

Speaking of seeding, the top three in the East aren't locked. Boston, in 3rd, has won their division and realistically cannot move past Washington and Philly. Tampa and Pittsburgh have a very slim chance of catching those two.

So, if the Rangers can hang on, the first two first-round games will be in either Washington, Philadelphia or Boston, probably starting on April 13.


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