Trailing the New York Rangers by two points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Carolina Hurricanes face a lot of 'ifs' in their playoff hunt with two games remaining.
Let's not get into all the different permutations calculating the different ways Carolina can sneak past the Ranger with one or two wins in their final pair of regular-season games.
Just know that if the Canes and Rangers end their regular-seasons Saturday night with the same number of points, the following tiebreakers come into play:
- The team with more regulation/overtime wins will receive the higher conference ranking. Currently, the Canes and Rangers are tied with 34 apiece.
- The next tiebreaker would be points earned in head-to-head games. In that case, the nod goes to the Hurricanes who earned six points (2-0-2) to the Rangers’ four (2-2-0) in the teams’ four regular-season games.
The Rangers host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight (7 p.m., Versus) and close Saturday at home against the New Jersey Devils (12:30 p.m.).
Carolina is on the road Friday night against Atlanta (7:30 p.m., FSCR) and close their regular season at home Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., FSCR)