NHL: Eastern Conference Playoff Picture, Scenarios

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Apr 7, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond (30) makes a save in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators

  • Rangers went 2-1 against the Senators this season.
  • Depending on what happens with the Penguins, the Senators can finish either as the No. 1 or No. 2 Wild Card.
  • If they defeat the Flyers on Saturday (2 points), they will make the playoffs. Only way they don’t make it is if they pick up no points and Bruins pick up two-points, while the Penguins handle their business the right way.

There is no hotter team in the NHL right now than the Ottawa Senators. Not only are they hot, their goalie eats hamburgers.

At the same time, most Rangers fans wouldn’t view them as a seriously troubling first-round opponent.

The reason? Because they are less threatening than the alternative.

Yes, goalie Andrew Hammond has been nothing short of a revelation for the franchise. His 19-1 record, 1.82 goals against average and 9.39 save percentage are ungodly numbers.

However, his one loss came at the hands of the best team in the NHL, the New York Rangers.

If you are under the belief the Penguins will handle their business, and the Flyers provide a tough-out on Saturday against the Sens (where the game goes down to the wire), then chances are the Senators will be the Rangers first-round opponent.

That scenario is scary though, because it leaves the door open for that team in New England.

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