NHL Playoffs: Ranking the Playoff Chances of the Eastern Conference Bubble Teams

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NHL Playoffs: Ranking the Playoff Chances of the Eastern Conference Bubble Teams
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Heading into the final three weeks of the 2011-12 NHL season, there are at least five playoff spots that remain up for grabs in the Eastern Conference.  

As things stand now, it appears the the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have all but assured themselves trips to the postseason, as each have at least 12 points more than the ninth-place Buffalo Sabres, who are actually tied with the eighth-place Washington Capitals at 82 points.  

Outside of those three teams, the remaining five berths in the East are up for grabs, as even division leaders like the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers have leads of five points or fewer over their divisional competition.  

With under 10 games remaining for each club, it will be a dogfight until the season's final day for the nine teams still in playoff contention.  

So, with that in mind, here's a look at each of the bubble teams' chances at capturing a division title, or even simply making the postseason. 

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