Flyers-PenguinsPlayoff Implications in Philadelphia

WoooooSenior Writer IApril 5, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins head to Philadelphia to battle the Flyers in the final game of the regular season, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm.  This game, much like the previous meeting on Wednesday, has playoff implications.

The Penguins are currently in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind the Montreal Canadiens.  The Flyers are in the 8th slot, 1 point behind Ottawa and Boston.

Penguins win in regulation:The Pens would move into a virtual tie with the Habs, but would win the Eastern Conference, by virtue of more wins.  The Flyers would stay put as the 8th seeded team, and the Pens and Flyers would meet in Round 1 of the playoffs.

Flyers win in regulation: The Flyers would move ahead of Boston and Ottawa, into the 6th seed. The Pens would remain the second seeded team.  The Flyers would meet the Washington Capitals in the first round, while the Penguins would play the Ottawa Senators.

Overtime: If the game goes into overtime, the Penguins will stay put as the #2 seed.  The Flyers would move into a virtual tie with the Bruins and Senators.  The Senators have the most wins among the three teams, giving them the #6 seed.  The season series between the Flyers and Bruins had both teams winning 1 game, losing 1 game, and tying in two games.  Therefore, the seeding would be determined by the greater difference between goals for and goals against for the entire regular season. The Bruins differential is -10, while the Flyers is +14, which would give the Flyers the advantage, and the higher seed.  The Flyers would move into the #7 seed and play the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.