NHL: Eastern Conference Playoff Picture, Scenarios

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Mar 31, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) skates past the bench after a goal was scored during the first period against the Florida Panthers at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins

  • Rangers went 1-2 against the Bruins this season
  • The Bruins are the lone potential matchup sitting on the outside of the playoffs at the moment.
  • To get in, they’ll need a victory against the Lightning on Saturday and major help coming in the form of a Senators zero-point effort, or the Penguins completely crapping the bed.

There’s no question, the Boston Bruins are the scariest potential first-round matchup for the Rangers.

These guys still have the heart of a champion and would never die easily. So many times in the past they have overcome ridiculous last minute minute deficits.

Injuries have hurt them this season, there’s no doubt about it.

Tuukka Rask is not a goaltender you want to see in the playoffs, no less the first-round. Having to play the Bruins in the first-round of the playoffs would be a major injustice for a Presidents’ Trophy winner.

Additionally, it was the Bruins who handled the Rangers a few weeks back when Henrik Lundqvist enjoyed his return to the lineup.

For the season, New York scored five goals while the Bruins pumped in nine during the three games the two teams were matched up.

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