So you’re a fan of the Bruins, Rangers, Thrashers, Canadiens or Flyers in the Eastern Conference and you’ve chewed off your fingernails in preparation for the final two weeks of the season. First off, that’s gross so knock it off. Secondly, your team has given you heart palpitations all season long and now it’s flat-line time. Five teams, three playoff spots and not enough beer to help you get through it all.
Fear not because now you get to figure out which teams are going to try and make your off-season start sooner rather than later, worse yet, some of them are already out of the playoffs. It’s time to know your spoilers. Here’s the remaining schedules for those teetering on the edge of oblivion. Games remaining in parenthesis, home games in bold.
Atlanta Thrashers (5): WSH, PIT, NJ, WSH, PIT
Boston Bruins (6): FLA, TOR, WSH, BUF, CAR, WSH
Montreal Canadiens (5): PHI, BUF, NYI, CAR, TOR
New York Rangers (6): TB, FLA, BUF, TOR, PHI, PHI
Philadelphia Flyers (6): NYI, MON, DET, TOR, NYR, NYR
If you’re a Thrashers fan, perhaps the best thing to do is just pass along our condolences and wish you the best of luck at the draft. The Bruins also get a handful of the Capitals to wind down the season which can’t bode well for fans in Boston. The Flyers also have their work cut out for themselves but they’ve got a big hand in their own fate with one game remaining against the Habs and two to close out the season with the Rangers. The Rangers schedule sets up well to tease the Blueshirts faithful in the worst kind of way with seemingly easy games left with Tampa, Florida and Toronto.
If you’re looking for teams to ruin a lot of postseason plans, take a look at both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes can help decide the race between Montreal and Boston and took a step towards that by beating the Canadiens 2-1 tonight.
Meanwhile the Maple Leafs can help throw a wrench into the works of Bruins, Rangers, Flyers and Canadiens. How stressful would the final game of the regular season be for Montreal if they have to beat the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre? Do numbers go higher than infinity?