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Final playoff clinching scenarios

  • The NHL season has not ended on a Saturday since March 24, 1928.

Presidents’ Trophy

  • The New York Rangers would capture the Presidents’ Trophy if they defeat Washington in any fashion OR if they get one point against Washington AND Vancouver loses to Edmonton in any fashion OR if Vancouver loses to Edmonton in regulation. Result: Rangers lose in regulation.

  • Vancouver would capture the Presidents’ Trophy if it defeats Edmonton AND the New York Rangers lose to Washington in any fashion OR if it gets one point against Edmonton AND the New York Rangers lose to Washington in regulation. Result: Canucks win, Rangers lose, Canucks win Presidents' Trophy.

Eastern Conference

  • No. 3 Florida would clinch the Southeast Division if it gets at least one point against Carolina OR if Washington loses to the NY Rangers in any fashion. If Florida does NOT win the division, it would be the No. 8 seed. Result: Panthers win, clinch Southeast title and third seed.

  • No. 8 Washington would clinch the Southeast Division if it wins in any fashion AND Florida loses in regulation. If the Capitals do not win the division, they would be the No. 8 seed UNLESS they win (in any fashion) and Ottawa loses to New Jersey in regulation, in which case Washington would be the No. 7 seed and the Senators would drop to No. 8. Result: Capitals win, clinch seventh seed.

  • No. 7 Ottawa would clinch the seventh seed UNLESS it loses in regulation AND

    Washington wins (in any fashion) AND Florida gets at least one point, in which case the Senators would be the No. 8 seed. Result: Senators lose in regulation, fall to eighth seed.

Western Conference

  • No. 1 Vancouver would clinch the No. 1 conference seed if it gets at least one point against Edmonton OR if St. Louis loses to Dallas in any fashion. Result: Canucks win in regulation, claim No. 1 seed.

  • No. 2 St. Louis would clinch the No. 1 conference seed if it defeats Dallas in any fashion AND Vancouver loses to Edmonton in regulation. Result: Blues win, but Canucks win in regulation; Canucks claim No. 1 seed.

  • No. 4 Nashville would clinch the fourth seed if it gets at least one point against Colorado OR if Detroit loses to Chicago in any fashion. If not, the Predators would be the No. 5 seed. Result: Preds clinch fourth seed when Wings lose.

  • No. 5 Detroit would clinch the fourth seed if it wins in any fashion AND Nashville loses in regulation. Result: Wings lose in shootout, clinch fifth seed.

  • No. 6 Chicago would be the fifth seed if it wins in regulation (which would drop the Red Wings to No. 6). Otherwise, Chicago will be the No. 6 seed. Result: Hawks win in shootout, clinch sixth seed.

  • No. 3 Phoenix would clinch the Pacific Division and No. 3 conference seed if it defeats Minnesota in any fashion. Result: Coyotes win, clinch Pacific title and third seed.

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