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Burnside (11:59 a.m.): I was hoping you wouldn't ask me that. No, I think in regulation. That'll make for even more drama as the week winds down. Russo (11:58 a.m.): Are you talking 3-2 in regulation or overtime? Remember your three-point game! Burnside (11:57 a.m.): I think that's a good comparison. You're not just talking about great players facing off, but forwards who are in many ways the face of the league. The pressure on both of them is tremendous at the best of times, and in the playoffs, it would be even greater. As for tonight, I would expect Ovechkin will get a healthy dose of Scott Walker. If you're looking for a prediction, I'd guess Caps 3, Canes 2. Russo (11:54 a.m.): No, it'll be out of control. You and I were scratching our heads, trying to think of a hockey comparison to those two squaring off in the first round, and we had to go back to the Howe-Richard days of the 1950s. Dare I say it would be like Bird vs. Magic? And so you're saying the Canes can't stop Ovechkin tonight? Burnside (11:51 a.m.): That's it with him. He's such a treat to watch. He's not just a goal scorer, either -- he made a lovely play the other night on a blind pass across the crease against Florida. Can you imagine the hype if Ovechkin plays Crosby in the first round?
A look at the playoff-clinching scenarios in tonight's games:
--No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins (idle) can clinch the Atlantic Division:
If New Jersey gets one or no points against New York Islanders.
--No. 2 Montreal Canadiens can clinch the Northeast Division:
If they get at least one point against Ottawa.
--No. 3 Carolina Hurricanes can clinch the Southeast Division:
If they get a regulation win against Washington.
--No. 4 New Jersey Devils can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth:
If they beat the Islanders or if Washington gets one or no points against Carolina.
--No. 5 New York Rangers (idle) can clinch a berth:
If Washington gets no points against Carolina.
--No. 6 Ottawa Senators can clinch a berth:
If they beat Montreal and Washington gets one or no points against Carolina or if they get one point against Montreal and Washington gets no points against Carolina.
--No. 1 Detroit Red Wings (idle) can clinch the President's Trophy:
If San Jose gets one or no points against Los Angeles.
--No. 3 Minnesota Wild (idle) can clinch the Northwest Division:
If Colorado gets one or no points against Vancouver and Calgary gets one or no points against Edmonton.
--No. 6 Colorado Avalanche can clinch a berth:
If they beat Vancouver or it they get one point against Vancouver and Nashville gets one or no points against St. Louis or Nashville gets no points against St. Louis.
--No. 7 Calgary Flames can clinch a berth:
If they beat Edmonton and Nashville gets no points against St. Louis.
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