If the NHL season ended today, the playoff seeds would look like this:
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Boston Bruins
- Washington Capitals
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Montreal Canadiens
- New York Rangers
- Buffalo Sabres
The Flyers would face the Sabres, with home-ice advantage.
Of course, these spots could change significantly with about a month still left in the season; the Carolina Hurricanes are currently only one point behind the Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs are five points behind.
Either of these two teams could find their way into the playoffs. Plus, these seeds could move around—especially with the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning still vying for the top spot in the Southeast Division.
For the sake of argument, I have included the Hurricanes and Sabres in the rankings of potential playoff opponents for the Flyers.
Here I rank the Flyers' biggest competition in the playoffs, with No. 9 being the team they should most want to face and No. 1 being the team they should least want to face.