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You Do the Math, 3/10/09 March 10, 2009

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.
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There’s a LOT going on around the league tonight–22 teams are in action, two more are watching the scoreboard, and some of the math tonight is nuts. The West still hasn’t gotten that interesting yet, but it’s already turning into Katie-bar-the-door in the East. Boston could lock up the 10th spot with a win in Columbus. The Thrashers have two games besides their own to watch, and the mathematical implications of all three of those games at once had me reaching for the Excedrin. The Islanders could be eliminated from 4th in the East tonight. The Caps would clinch 4th in the Southeast, and possibly even 3rd, if they take care of business in Nashville. Warm up your Center Ice package, get over to GameCenter, or just keep an eye on the live scores on the front page of NHL.com. It’s a busy night around the rinks. So let’s get to it.

BOSTON BRUINS AT COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
BRUINS:
Can clinch 10th in the East and 3rd in the Northeast with a win.
Can clinch 11th in the East and 4th in the Northeast with an overtime/shootout loss, OR with any Toronto loss.

BUFFALO SABRES AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
FLYERS:
Can clinch 14th in the East, AND 4th in the Atlantic, with a win AND an Islanders regulation loss.

CALGARY FLAMES AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS
DEVILS:
Can clinch 13th in the East with an overtime, OR with an Atlanta regulation loss.
Can clinch 12th in the East with a win, OR an overtime loss and any Atlanta loss.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
ISLANDERS:
Would be eliminated from 4th in the East, AND 2nd in the Atlantic, with a regulation loss AND a Philadelphia win.
MAPLE LEAFS:
Would be eliminated from President’s Trophy consideration, AND 1st in the East, AND 1st in the Northeast, with any loss, OR with a Boston win or overtime.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS
CAPITALS:
Can clinch 13th in the East, AND 4th in the Southeast, with a win, OR with an overtime loss and an Atlanta regulation loss.
Can clinch 12th in the East, AND 3rd in the Southeast, with a win AND any Atlanta loss.

ATLANTA THRASHERS AT COLORADO AVALANCHE
THRASHERS:
WITH A WIN: Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East with a New Jersey win.
WITH AN OVERTIME LOSS: Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East with a New Jersey win or overtime AND any Washington loss. Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with a Washington win and a New Jersey regulation loss. Would be eliminated from 3rd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with a Washington win AND a New Jersey win or overtime.
WITH A REGULATION LOSS: Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East. Would be eliminated from 3rd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with a Washington win or overtime.

INACTIVE TEAMS WATCHING THE SCOREBOARD
SENATORS:
Would be eliminated from President’s Trophy consideration AND 1st in the East AND 1st in the Northeast with a Boston win.

LIGHTNING:
Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East with a New Jersey win or overtime AND a Washington loss.
Would be eliminated from 2nd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with a Washington win AND a New Jersey regulation loss.
Would be eliminated from 3rd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with a New Jersey win or overtime AND a Washington win.

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