Playoff Watch: April 9, 2011

With the Penguins win over the Islanders last night, they clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They will face either Tampa Bay, Montreal, or Buffalo in that round. The Flyers lost in overtime to the Sabres which clinched a playoff spot for Buffalo. The Flyers and Penguins both have 104 points, but Philadelphia has the tiebreaker. The Atlantic division will come down to the final game of the regular season tomorrow. With the Hurricanes 6-1 win over Atlanta, they moved up to the final spot of the playoffs pushing the New York Rangers to the ninth spot. That spot will come down to the final game as well.

The updated Eastern Conference standings:

Games To Watch:
The New York Rangers must get at least one point today or they will not take part in the playoffs this season. The game will be played at 12:30 PM.

The Islanders are going to be involved in another big game today at 7:00. The Flyers control the division right now and can clinch it with any kind of win tonight. If the Flyers win, the Penguins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.

Depending on the result of the Rangers-Devils game, this game could turn out to be a big game. Carolina will need to get at least one point if New York gets a point against New Jersey to get the final playoff spot. If the Rangers win, the Hurricanes will need to win.