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2012 NHL Playoff Picture: Two Games Left In Regular Season – SportsUntapped.com
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2012 NHL Playoff Picture: Two Games Left In Regular Season
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With just two games left in the NHL’s regular season, five of the 16 playoff spots are still up for grabs, with plenty of meaningful games left to be played over the next three days. Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals still have a slim chance to win their division but are also fighting merely to make the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks are in a similar situation despite being perennial playoff contenders.

Here’s a look at the 19 teams that still have a chance to win the 2012 Stanley Cup:

Eastern Conference

1. New York Rangers (109 points) clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and clinch home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs and the Presidents’ Trophy with wins in their final two games (they finish with the Penguins on Thursday and Capitals on Saturday.

2. Boston Bruins (98 points) have clinched the No. 2 seed in the East.

3. Florida Panthers (92 points) need one point in their final two games to clinch their first division title in franchise history. They could still miss the playoffs altogether with regulation losses in their final two games if the Caps and Sabres both win their final two games.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (104 points) need two points from their final two games to clinch the East’s No. 4 seed and home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Philadelphia Flyers (101 points) need one point to clinch the No. 5 seed in the East, and still have a slight chance to move up to No. 4.

6. New Jersey Devils (98 points) will be at least the No. 6 seed and have a slight chance at No. 5.

7. Ottawa Senators (92 points) have clinched a playoff spot and will likely be the No. 7 seed and face the Bruins, but could potentially fall to No. 8.

8. Washington Capitals (88 points) have the tie-breaker with the Sabres for the final playoff spot based on more regulation and overtime wins, and could still move up to the No. 3 seed with a regulation win over the Panthers on Thursday, a win over the Rangers on Saturday and the Panthers losing their final game in regulation.

9. Buffalo Sabres (88 points) still have a chance to get into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the East, but must get move past the Capitals or Panthers in the standings with just two games left. They start Thursday night against a Flyers team that doesn’t have much to play for.

Western Conference

1. Vancouver Canucks (109 points) will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the West — need to finish with more points than the Blues for home-ice in the West, and with more points than the Rangers for home-ice throughout the playoffs.

2. St. Louis Blues (107 points) will be the No. 2 seed in the West unless they can catch the Canucks with two games left.

3. Los Angeles Kings (93 points) have the inside track on winning the Pacific Division and getting the West’s No. 3 seed, but could still miss the playoffs altogether.

4. Detroit Red Wings (101 points) will clinch the West’s No. 4 seed and home-ice in the first round with wins in their final two games, but could fall as low as No. 6.

5. Nashville Predators (100 points) can finish anywhere between fourth and sixth in the Conference.

6. Chicago Blackhawks (98 points) have clinched at least the No. 6 seed and come move as high as No. 4 with a lot of help.

7. Phoenix Coyotes (93 points) still have a chance to win the Pacific Division but have not clinched a playoff spot yet.

8. San Jose Sharks (92 points) will have a chance to jump over the Kings and clinch a playoff spot when they visit Los Angeles on Thursday.

9. Dallas (89 points) need at least three points in their final two games to have any chance at making the playoffs.

10. Colorado Avalanche (88 points) need to win their final two games and have the Sharks lose their final two games in regulation to have a chance to make the postseason.

 
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