For a game that has been rescheduled, the Bruins-Senators game at TD Garden tonight will not only determine who will win the Northeast Division, but it will also determine the other three series matchups in the Eastern Conference.
Of course, the game had to be rescheduled due to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. For the Bruins, every game has been crucial to shake off the Montreal Canadiens and win the division with a tight schedule. After blowing a 2-0 lead to the Washington Capitals and falling in overtime 3-2, the Bruins moved back to the number four seed and the Habs took over the number two seed after easily beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.
For the Leafs and Canadiens and everyone in eastern Canada, it could be the first time since 1979 that these would meet in a playoff series. If that's the case, a Bruins win would create a four-five series between the two.
Not only will it determine whether these two meet in the postseason for the first time in over three decades, it will determine who the Penguins, Senators, and Islanders will play as well. The Penguins have had the number one see locked up for almost two weeks. All they could do during this final week of games was watch and see where everyone landed.
The only series in the East that has been set is the Capitals and Rangers. The other series will be determined by the following scenarios:
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) Ottawa Senators
Happens if: Bruins win, Ottawa loses in regulation
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders
Happens if: Ottawa wins in regulation, overtime or shootout
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) New York Islanders
Happens If: Boston wins in regulation, overtime or a shootout.
(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators
Happens If: Ottawa wins. Even if Boston gets a point, they lose the tiebreaker.
(4) Montreal Canadiens vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs
Happens If: Boston wins
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs
Happens If: Boston losses, even in overtime or a shootout.
If you are not tuned into the NBA Playoffs, then turn on NBC Sports Network for what should be a good game. The Senators will try to avoid playing Pittsburgh in the first round, and the Bruins want home ice for another round if they were to advance.